How to Remove Furniture Dents in Carpet

Furniture adds function and personality to a room - and as heavy as some of it is, people move furniture for a variety of reasons. From milk crates to more substantial pieces, when you move furniture from a carpeted area, you're left to deal with those pesky carpet dents. No worries! Following these easy steps will remove carpet dents and return the nap to normal.

After moving furniture and identifying number of carpet dents, gather one ice cube for each dent.

Drop ice cube(s) in dent(s). Large or long dents may require multiple ice cubes - but be careful, you don't want to replace the matted carpet nap with a swimming pool. Adding additional ice cubes is easier than cleaning up a watery mess!

Let ice cubes melt in dent - preferably overnight. As the ice cube melts, the nap will begin to fluff up, reducing (and eventually removing) the dent.

Check the results the next morning. If necessary, blot up excess water with white paper towel or colorfast cloth. (You don't want to replace that dent with a stain.)

If the nap hasn't recovered completely - or you just want to do some additional blending - use the fork to gently lift remaining carpet fibers.


The idea is to let the carpet fibers absorb the water and "swell", filling in the dent. Let the ice cube(s) melt naturally - do NOT use a hair dryer or other heat source to speed up the melting. The results aren't the same and you risk singeing the carpet. The remaining water left in the carpet is minimal - blotting it out can mat down the nap, making the dent reappear. If you use the fork, carefully "scrape" the fibers into an upright position - or use the fork to blend the carpet fibers with the surrounding area.


Using an artificial heat source can singe the carpet - not the desired result! Leaving the ice cube alone while it melts produces the best results.

Things You'll Need

  • One ice cube for each carpet dent
  • Time
  • White paper towel or colorfast cloth (optional)
  • Fork (optional)
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Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.