How to Restore Carpet Dents

Updated March 23, 2017

Carpet dents are crushed areas of carpet fibre that occur when heavy furniture has sat on the carpet in one place for a period of time. These dents often remain flattened even after you move your furniture. When left on their own, these dents may eventually release from the carpet. However, it is better for the carpet for you to fix the dents as you find them so that the carpet's nap is not left in a flattened position for an extended period of time. Heavy furniture or furniture with thin legs or feet are most likely to leave pronounced carpet dents.

Place an ice cube in each carpet dent.

Let the ice cubes melt overnight.

Blot any leftover moisture from the carpet with a clean towel.

Use the back of a butter knife to fluff the carpet's pile.

Vacuum the dented areas. If any dents are still in the carpet, fill and preheat your steam iron.

Hold the steam iron directly above the carpet dent. Do not touch the hot iron to the carpet fibres because the iron can melt or burn the carpet.

Press the steam button and hold the iron in place above the dent for up to 1 minute.

Brush the carpet fibres back into place with the back of a butter knife.


Rearrange your furniture every so often to avoid creating long-term carpet dents. Use furniture coasters under heavy furniture to help avoid large carpet dents.


Keep hot irons away from children and pets.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 ice cube for each carpet dent
  • Clean, white towel
  • Butter knife
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Steam iron
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