If the legs of a chair, bed, sofa, table, or other furniture sit on the carpet, they often leave unsightly dents. They can be especially noticeable if you move furniture around. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to get rid of these dents before the guests arrive.
Step 1. Move the furniture to access the dents
Step 2. Place an ice cube in each dent
Large or long dents may require several ice cubes.
Step 3. Let the ice cubes melt
When they melt, the pile will begin to heal, reducing, and ultimately, relieving you of the dent.
Step 4. Check the result the next morning
Blot excess water with paper towels or a cloth if necessary.
Step 5. If the carpet has not completely recovered, gently lift the nap with a fork
Step 6. Repeat these steps for stubborn dents
- Test this method with one ice cube in an inconspicuous place. Raise the corner of the carpet to make sure the water doesn't damage the floor.
- If the dent persists, spray the dent with water and then use a hair dryer to lift the nap.
- Do not use this method on hand-dyed, antique, delicate or valuable carpets, or if the pile cannot be cleaned with water.
- Be careful if there is a wooden floor under the rug. Test on an inconspicuous spot first to make sure you don't damage the floor.
- If the dent is deep or long, it may require more than one ice cube, but don't make the area too wet.