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Thread: LOL I just burnt my carpet while ironing!

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    I have this warn out throw carpet on my floor that someone gave me used.. My table isn't big enough for me to do my ironing on... Now i always put a towel or blanket on the floor for an ironing pad.. well, I thought i'd save time and just do my ironing on this carpet... Or maybe I wasn't thinking at all... well, I have burnt marks on the carpet and burnt carpet residue on my iron... Now I'm waiting for the iron to cool so I can scrape off the melted carpet... I'm doin good today..

    Disclaimer* No quilt fabric was harmed in my act of stupidity! :lol:

    Thought you all could use a good laugh today! :wink:

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    after reading your post I thought I would share- one time when i was about 14 I was helping this handicapped woman that lived down the hall. She asked if I could iron a shirt for her. I said sure no problem. I layed it on her GLASS table and started ironing. Next thing I knew the table busted and glass was everywhere. I felt so bad. She wasn't mad, but I still felt bad.

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    Oh my! I'm sure glad your quilt wasn't harmed. The rest can be replaced. (Glad I'm not the only one who does boneheaded things) LOL :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I did the same thing...I thought that the padding I had put down was thick enough but it wasn't, the steam and heat crisped the very top of the carpet... I was going to have to replace the carpet, but the flood that year took care of it for me :roll: :roll:

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    I'm looking forward to my daughter coming in and seeing the spot and asking me what happened!! Then I'll have to explain to my 12 year old how mommy was careless with the iron...lol I will get a lecture... :lol:

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    Glad your quilt is okay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by diogirl
    Disclaimer* No quilt fabric was harmed in my act of stupidity! :lol:
    ...and you worried about the seams not fitting. lol No harm - no foul.

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    as long as the quilt top is ok, that's all that matters :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Did that at church one time on the chair, didn't completely ruin the chair. Anyhow they let me come back. Been going there for 10 years now.

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    I thought I was the only one! :oops:

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    How smart of you to test the carpet for flammibility and meltability. Just claim you did it on purpose out of concern for you family's welfare. I'd buy that. And even if I didn't, I would pretend I did.

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    well I was expecting you to say you dropped the iron on the floor. It has never occurred to me to use the floor to iron. I guess that's bc i can't get on my knee :roll: I knew there was a reason.
    Gee, I guess that means my bum knee has saved my carpet! I knew there had to be some 'up' side, as to why I was hit by that truck! :?

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    Years ago when one of my sons lit the carpet in the living room on fire.....long story, I was able to make it look decent again by giving it a hair cut. I took very sharp little scissors and trimmed the burned ends off and then kind of tapered it at the sides so it didn't look like a divot. After a couple of weeks of dust piled back up on it, it was rarely noticed.

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    While the Iron is on I put the hot plate close to the wall so my kittens don't get burned. So guess what does get burnt. The wall. I put it too close, one time too many. Glad the paint didn't catch fire.

    The older I get the less brain cell seem to function sometimes.

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    Been there----done that! But it was the carpet in my L R. Always had a "hassock" over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Years ago when one of my sons lit the carpet in the living room on fire.....long story, I was able to make it look decent again by giving it a hair cut. I took very sharp little scissors and trimmed the burned ends off and then kind of tapered it at the sides so it didn't look like a divot. After a couple of weeks of dust piled back up on it, it was rarely noticed.
    "DUST" I knew it would be my friend one day.

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    We have all done some things like that. You did give me a good laugh though.

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    When I was little I desperately wanted my mother to iron a transfer on to my pillowcase. She was busy, so I decided I'd do it myself....on a vinyl dining room chair....what a mess...Glad no fabric was harmed...I mean, at least the important stuff was safe! Thanks for the laugh!

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    I thought I was the only one who did that. I have a pretty leaf design that i accidentally melted into my carpet when I tried to iron a great big quilt top. Who would have thought the fibres of the carpet would melt with a hot iron!!! I used an exacto knife to slice through the melted fibres and got most of it out.

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    I think carpets have polyester and nylon fibers, so it melts. :shock: I do remember dropping the iron once - I started to attempt a catch, but thought better of that!

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    well i'll have to tell this on myself. when i was 16 and in high school, we were a very poor family and didn't have much. i owned 2 pairs of socks, i washed them by hand every other night and hung them somewhere to dry - only one time in the winter they didn't get dry, so i put them on a cookie sheet and popped them into the oven, but alas, i forgot about them and u guessed it, they burnt to a crisp. so of course i had to go without socks till i made enough money baby sitting to buy me some more. This was back during World War II and everybody was poor.
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    Is this picture on your site of Rita Hayworth. She was sew beautiful. So was my mother. Cover your carpet up with a throw rug. :)

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    Heck,that's nothing new I did that about 40 years ago. Wall to wall, very expensive I might add. Just where you walk into the kitchen from the dinning room. I wasn't bright enough to do it in an inconspictious spot. We always kept a throw rug over it but when we sold the house I had to own up to it to the new buyers. I was embarrassed all over again.

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    we were ironing on the bed and set the mattress on fire, had to pour water on it to put it out, then iron it dry to sleep that night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntiehenno
    Is this picture on your site of Rita Hayworth. She was sew beautiful. So was my mother. Cover your carpet up with a throw rug. :)
    Yes it's her I believe.. She was so pretty.. I love that hairstyle.. They just don't wear it like that anymore... It was the throw rug I burnt...lol

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