How to Remove Furniture Dents in Carpet

Written by jaimie zinski
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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.

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Things you need

  • One ice cube for each carpet dent
  • Time
  • White paper towel or colorfast cloth (optional)
  • Fork (optional)

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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!

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.)

  5. 5

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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