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Once an activity only popular in countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, hookah is a hobby that’s quickly taken off in the United States. Individuals can now either go to hookah bars or can purchase a hookah set to use in their own homes!
Hookah, just like cigarette smoking, is harmful to your health and its burning is harmful to your carpet!!!
So, now that we talked about the risks, let’s see what can be done when damage is done – to your carpet (we won’t give any health advice).
You can get hookah burn marks (or any burn marks) out of the carpet by cutting the burn, cleaning with detergent, and sanding the scorch marks. You can also replace the carpet with a new cut of carpet in the worst-case scenario.
Step One: Snip, Snip, Snip!
One way to fix a burn mark on your carpet is to snip the burnt part of the carpet out altogether. Don’t worry, this isn’t as wild as it sounds!
All you’ll need to do here is grab a pair of scissors (I recommend sewing or nail scissors so that you can get into the fibres more easily).
Now, carefully snip out the worst of the burn from your carpet.
You only want to snip out a few of the fibres. Taking too much out will leave you with a bare patch, and could mean that you have to replace the carpet altogether.
Step Two: Start Sanding
Sandpaper, you ask? That’s right! This workshop tool can actually do a great job at getting hookah burns out of your floors!
All you need to do here is to gently sand the burn marks on your carpet with a piece of sandpaper.
You should be able to get the worst of the burn marks off just by sanding.
Now, there’s likely to be a bit of debris left over after you sand your carpets. Since this is the case, you’ll need to vacuum up the remaining residue.
Step Two: Spritz With Carpet Cleaner
Next, use a mild detergent to gently clean the burned patch of carpet.
Your best bet here is to work with a commercial carpet cleaner. Carpet cleaners are designed to lift tough stains out of your floor’s fibres, which make them great for the job.
Spritz the carpet cleaner onto the stain. Make sure that you saturate the burnt fibres with the carpet cleaner.
Let the carpet cleaner sit on the stain for a two to three minutes. Once the time is up, grab a scrubbing brush and begin tackling the fibres.
Pro Tip: Don’t have commercial carpet cleaner on hand? You can use a bit of hot water and dish soap instead.
Step Three: Rinse and Steam Clean
After you’ve finished scrubbing the carpet, the worst of the stain should be gone. At this point, you can rinse the carpet with cold, clean water.
It’s also not a bad idea to go over your carpet with a steam cleaner after all is said and done.
This can remove the smell of burnt carpet from the room and also help you get any lingering residue out of the floor.
Step Four: Apply Hydrogen Peroxide (OxiClean)
If you’re still struggling with burnt fibres, you can try using OxiClean (or any other products with hydrogen peroxide, a bleaching agent) on your carpet.
This gets burn marks out of your carpet in much the same way that you’d remove sticky residue from your floors.
All you have to do here is mix one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup of water.
Next, apply the solution to your carpet. I like to put it in a spray bottle so that it’s easy to get onto your carpet without soaking it.
Take a scrubbing brush and scrub at the carpet. As you work, the stain should start to disappear.
Finally, rinse the carpet with water and allow it to dry completely.
Pro Tip: Don’t be afraid to really go at it when scrubbing the stain! You’re dealing with a burn, after all, which means you might need to use a bit more elbow grease on your carpets.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Get Hookah Ash Out of Carpet?
If you get hookah ash in your carpet, you can clean it up by running a vacuum over it. Then, apply an absorbent substance such as baby powder to pull out any ash that’s wedged deep into the carpet. Finally, vacuum up the absorbent substance and the now loosened ash.
Can Hookah Stain Your Carpet?
If you spill hookah tobacco on your carpet it can lead to stains. That’s because the substances used in hookah are made out of tobacco which can leave stains on your carpet. If you just have simple tobacco stains, you won’t need to use the fibre or spot replacement methods.