How Do You Get Creases Out of Area Rugs?

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How Do You Get Creases Out of Area Rugs?
Getting rid of a crease in your area rug (Rug image by fotoedgaras from

A crease in an area rug is a minor issue, but it can take away from the aesthetic of your floors and room overall. Sometimes an area rug will become creased after a move (rolled up for transport) or because a rolling chair ran over the fabric too many times in one spot. The sooner you work on removing the crease the better.

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Things you need

  • Iron or steamer
  • Wrinkle releaser spray
  • Heavy flat object

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  1. 1

    Turn the area rug on the side where the crease bends upward.

  2. 2

    Warm an iron or steamer to the highest setting. Run the iron over the crease thoroughly---be careful not to let it sit too long in that one spot depending on the fabric so that it won't burn.

  3. 3

    Spray the area rug with a commercial-grade wrinkle releaser product.

  4. 4

    Pull the area rug taut (ask a buddy to help) and tape the edges of the rug to the floor. You can use cloth rug and carpet tape, a special tape with a strong adhesive to hold onto the fabric of the rug tightly.

  5. 5

    Place a heavy flat object, like the top of a heavy table, on top of the area rug while it's still warm and slightly damp. Allow it to sit for at least six hours but preferably an entire day.

  6. 6

    Toss a small area rug into a clothes dryer on the hottest setting to remove the creases as an alternative option.

  7. 7

    Wash the area rug as another alternative and hang it out to dry in the sun.

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