Heavy furniture leaves dents in the carpet that may be difficult to remove when you rearrange the furniture. This is a guide about removing furniture dents from carpet.
By lynn 3
Can anyone tell me how to get the dent imprints out of the carpet when I move a piece of heavy furniture?
Lynn from VA
By guest (Guest Post) Flag
May 2, 2007
I use that SCUNCI steam cleaner. The kind you use for cleaning. I place on the small attachment, steam the carpet, rake through it with my fingers, and no more indent. Works GREAT!!
How do you get carpet fiber to rise as a result of indentations caused by furniture?
By James from Philadelphia, PA
January 9, 2014
Steam iron worked awesome but I also wet the towel layed it over the dent and then steamed it with the iron worked awesome.
By Carolyn 1
I have a commercial type carpet in my upstairs apartment which I rent out. The person left at the end of the month and I now see marks in the carpet caused by an elliptical machine. Can anyone tell me how to get these out or fade them out?
By Carolyn from Port Chester, NY
November 7, 2009
There are special 'carpet rakes' to help with that but a heavy duty plastic bristle hairbrush will work too and costs a lot less money. You'll need to gently rough up the dented portion of the carpet, vacuum, and repeat. Eventually the worst of the dent will come up. I've used this technique before and it worked well for me. Hope it works for you.
November 7, 2009
Take a washcloth or towel and place it over the dent. Using an iron on the steam setting, passover the dented area. While it's still warm and moist, rake it with a comb or brush. Do this several times. The fibers are crimped and folded down, so they need to be "lifted".
I need to remove carpet dents from an all wool carpet. Wool is not supposed to be wet so the ice cube method won't work. I am also afraid to try the steam as it might shrink the carpet. What else can I try?
By D.C. R.
By Barbara 1
How do I remove furniture indentations from carpet?
By Barbara from Boston
April 17, 2010
Use a fork (the tines) to fluff it up. I read that somewhere a long time ago and it has always worked for me.
If you move furniture from carpets and dents are left behind, try putting an ice cube or two into the dent and let it melt and dry. If it doesn't work after the first try, do it again. I've tried it lots of times and most often, it works well.
By Dusty from Silver Spring, MD
Does anyone know how to remove furniture dents from thick carpet?
First make sure how your carpet fiber is to be cleaned, then make sure you have a wet vac or a carpet cleaner machine. Get a wet cloth with what ever your carpet can stand, dampen not soak the area, then use the vac or cleaning machine to pull the carpet back up. I have done this every 30 mins or so until carpet looked lifted. May not lift padding but carpet should look better. (10/07/2004)
I heard you can put ice cubes on that spot. Never tried it, but you might. (10/07/2004)
I've also heard of using the tines of a fork rubbing them gently back and forth over the 'dented' areas - claims to raise the fibers back in place. (10/08/2004)
To take the marks from furniture out of carpet, put a soft towel over the marks and use a steam iron. Let the steam penetrate the towel and the nap on the carpet will come up. Just a quick brush with your hand will make it look good as new. (10/09/2004)
I used a Scunci Steamer and a fork. Took awhile, but it did the trick. (04/08/2005)
We have Berber carpet and have re-arranged furniture. We now have carpet dents in the carpet and cannot get them out. How do we remove carpet dents from berber carpet?
Try letting an ice cube melt in the dent. This should help revive the spot. (03/07/2005)
I have heard that if you put ice cubes in the indentation that this will lift the pile of your carpeting. Just leave them melt overnight. Hope it works for you. (03/07/2005)
If the ice cube doesn't work you can lift them with the steam from a steam iron BUT you have to be careful you don't burn the carpet. Put a cloth over the dent and hold the iron above to cloth to allow the steam to penetrate. Lift the cloth occasionally and scrape the dent with your nail to lift the pile. Repeat until the dent is reduced/repaired then leave to dry out thoroughly before walking over it. (03/07/2005)
By Jo Bodey
I always used the ice cube, then after it melts, you use an old fork to gently pull the carpet fibers back up -- sort of "fluff" the carpeting. (03/14/2005)
By Becki in Indiana
I recently moved some heavy furniture in my living room. How do I get rid of the imprints in my carpet from the couch?
Marcie from Prairie du Sac, WI
I've used the ice cubes for many years, as I routinely move the furniture in our home around. Just put an ice cube into each dent, let it melt, blot up excess water, and fluff with a fork. You may have to vacuum a couple of times, but it works. (01/31/2007)
I tried the ice cubes but it wasn't successful. I then used a wire brush and a fork to lift the carpet. Then a hair dryer and a fork which was more successful, then vacuumed over it. Hasn't cleared it completely but looks a lot better. I think this is just where the under-lay has been flattened. (02/22/2007)
The iron worked perfectly. Set the iron to "cotton", then put a t-shirt over the dents and steamed a couple of times. Each dent only took about 30 seconds to fix. (03/15/2008)
Place a very damp dish or wash cloth in the microwave. Heat it as hot as you can. Get a cup or small bowl. Place the cloth in the bowl and invert the cup over the indentation and let stand for a few minutes. Remove the bowl and brush with an old tooth brush. (02/03/2009)
By Mary C.
I was moving furniture, now have carpet dents. I need to remove them, having new furniture delivered in an hour. The carpet is Berber.
Jodi from KY
I just got Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook and it says to place ice cubes where the pile is crushed and the fibers will swell as they absorb the water. Follow up by blotting the area with a dry towel and vacuum to straighten the fibers. (12/15/2006)
The ice cube method works well for removing furniture dents, but make sure that the water doesn't damage the carpet, carpet backing, or subfloor.
If you use an iron, make sure to put it on "steam" setting and don't place it directly on the carpet or it will burn the fibers. Use a brush to pull the fibers and blend them in with the rest of the carpet. (10/02/2008)
Let me tell you, Mr. Skeptical (me) tried the steam/towel method. I used it on some dents that were from furniture that hasn't moved in 4 yrs. It worked great. (03/29/2009)
I would like to find out how to remove deep furniture dents from carpets.
There are special "carpet rakes" to help with that, but a heavy duty plastic bristle hairbrush will work too and costs a lot less money. You'll need to gently rough up the dented portion of the carpet, vacuum, and repeat rough up and vacuuming (maybe a few times) and eventually the worst of the dent will come up. I've used this technique before and it worked well for me. Hope it works for you. (11/07/2009)
Take a washcloth or towel and use an iron on the steam setting. While it's still warm and moist, rake it with a comb or brush. Do this several times. The fibers are crimped/folded down and need to be "lifted". (11/07/2009)
Put an ice cube in the dent and leave it till it melts. It will soften the dent and then run over with a brush. (11/07/2009)
A regular dinner fork works great, quick and easy and no wet! Just gently scrape the dent and it loosens the fibers. (12/07/2009)
How can I fix a mark on the carpet from furniture?
You may not get rid of it completely, but you can lessen it by spraying it lightly with water, then steaming it with a steam iron (don't set the iron down on it, just hold it near). Then, while it is still warm and damp, use your fingers to loosen the matted down pile, and give it a good brushing.
You may have to do this more than once. I hope this helps. (05/07/2009)
By Mary T
I have never tried this, but I remember hearing that you can put an ice cube in the dent. When it melts it helps the fibers in the carpet to fluff up again. (05/15/2009)
Use a fork to fluff up the carpet in the dent. Don't go overboard, just a few passes to loosen up the compressed carpet tufts. (05/15/2009)
The person who recommended ice cubes is right on. I have done that for years. When I hired a fireman to come move some of my furniture, there were a lot of those dents left in my white carpeting. He said to just put an ice cube (or 2, depending on the diameter) on the carpet and let it melt. No need to fluff or blow dry. That's all I've ever done and it's worked great. (05/15/2009)
I moved furniture around in a room after 2 1/2 yrs and had many "dents". I read posts here and tried the iron. Wow. It worked so unbelievably well, in 30 seconds, that I signed up for this website so I can thank people and pass on this great tip. I put a thin rag on the dent and ironed, used steam, just like I'd iron a shirt. Keep it moving around on the rag for 20 seconds or so. Do not let iron touch rug directly! The dents came right out. I ran a fork over it to blend in with the rest of the carpet and complete the job. It was no big deal at all. (01/06/2010)
I saw this last night on a TV show. I haven't tried this but it makes sense.
When you move furniture on a carpet you are usually left with an indentation on the rug. They said to put an ice cube in the indent and let it melt. The moisture will rejuvenate the fibres and restore them to like new.
By PICO from ST PAUL, ALBERTA
This does work great! Let it sit a day or two, and if the nap is not up, just set a few more cubes where you need, and walla! No more marks from your furniture. (01/21/2008)
Believe me, it works! Have been doing it for years and even the deepest dent comes up eventually.
By Anita from Montclair, NJ
How can I get dents in my carpet from heavy furniture being on the carpet out of the carpet?
By Sarah from Chalotte, NC
You could try lightly steaming it to fluff the fibers. Use an iron, but "do not" set it directly on the carpet! It could melt it if it is not natural fibers. It will help to clean the areas, too. (10/26/2010)
You can gently prick the dented area with a fork, getting the fibres to stand up. Another trick is to put an ice cube on the offending dent. When the cube melts and the area dries, the fibres stand up again. Good luck!