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How to Remove Carpet Dents
Caused by Furniture
According to Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine, carpet dents caused by furniture will occur in every type of carpet. Even wool carpets, whose fibers are stronger than synthetic fibers, will develop carpet dents under the continued pressure of heavy furniture.

To remove carpet dents from furniture you can use a cold or hot method, both of which are cheap and easy. If your carpet is made of synthetic fibers (nylon, polyester, olefin, triexta), the cold method is recommended. For carpets made of natural fibers (wool, sisal), the hot (steam) method is better.
You don’t need to rent special machinery to remove carpet dents. Just follow the instructions below. And to avoid carpet dents from furniture in future, be sure to check out the cheap preventive steps at the end of this article.

The Cold Method for Removing Carpet Dents

To remove carpet dents from furniture in a synthetic carpet, use the cold method which gradually trickles water into the dented fibers to prepare them for straightening. Here are the steps to removing carpet dents with the cold method.

Step 1. Place 1 or 2 ice cubes inside your carpet dents and leave them to melt slowly.

Step 2.
As the cubes melt, the dented carpet fibers will absorb the moisture and swell. When the ice cubes are gone, dab the carpet dent dry with white paper towels or a white cloth.

Step 3. Vacuum the area to pull the fibers up and remove the carpet dents from sight.

The Hot Method for Removing Carpet Dents

To remove carpet dents from furniture in natural carpets, it’s important to restrict the amount of water absorbed by the fibers. Failure to do so may cause mold to grow in the carpet. Here are the steps to removing carpet dents with the steam method, which limits the amount of water released.

Step 1. Wet a white handkerchief, kitchen towel or rag, then squeeze out as much water as you can. You want the cloth to be damp not wet.

Step 2. Lay the damp white cloth over the carpet dents you wish to remove. If you have several, concentrate on one area at a time.

Step 3. Set an iron to the steam setting (medium to high) and gently glide it over the damp cloth for 30 seconds. (It’s a good idea to wear gloves and long sleeves to protect you from the rising steam.)

Step 4. Remove the damp cloth and iron and let the carpet cool.

Step 5. Once the fibers are cooled, remove the carpet dents by scratching the fibers like a cat.

How to Prevent Carpet Dents

As with all things in life, the best way to remove carpet dents is to prevent them in the first place. You’ve probably heard of furniture coasters, those discs that you slip beneath each leg of furniture. Luckily, there are several ways to find decorative coasters that will not be an eyesore.

Furniture Dealers. If you’re buying new furniture, ask the store or furniture dealer if they have decorative or small coasters that will prevent carpet dents.

Flea Markets. You can find antique, glass or wrought-iron furniture coasters in flea markets or garage sales. Typically, such items were not even invented as furniture coasters but rather as decorative tiles or drinking coasters. Such decorative flat squares will prevent carpet dents beautifully.
Home Improvement Stores. If you’re looking for an affordable solution, you’ll find sturdy, simple furniture coasts at home centers.

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1. Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine: Ask Martha, Dimple Control. May 2007, #162, pp. 43-44.

2. Do It Yourself: Natural vs. Synthetic Carpet
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