How do I patch a cigarette burn in a cloth car seat?

I bought a used car from a private seller, and it has a cigarette burn in the cloth of the seats—but it was a great price, so I went with it. I got rid of the smoke smell, but the burn is still there. How do I get this burn out?

Answer
You’re in luck. Typically it’s harder to get rid of a smoke smell than a burn, so you already got the hard part done.
Fabric seats are actually easier to repair than vinyl or leather, and you can get a cigarette burn out with an interesting home remedy. Here’s how to do it:
  • Rub a bit of mayo on the hole in the fabric, as this helps loosen the burnt edges of the cloth
  • Scrape or cut away the remaining burnt parts with a scalpel or Exacto knife
  • Use a razor blade to remove a small piece of fabric from underneath the seat that matches the burnt area
  • Apply fabric glue to the patch and place the fabric from under the seat on top
  • Let it dry
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 02, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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