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Removing Furniture Dents from Carpet

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.

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Save your old toothbrushes. They will come handy if you need to fluff any dented carpets from old furniture or if you're moving! To fluff the carpet, move the toothbrush in all directions vertically, diagonally, horizontally and it'll help the carpet to fluff up again.

A dent caused by furniture in wall to wall carpet.

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August 10, 2010

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?



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By Carolyn from Port Chester, NY

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November 7, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

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November 7, 20090 found this helpful
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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".

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April 30, 2007

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

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May 2, 20070 found this helpful
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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!!

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June 16, 2012

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.

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June 18, 20120 found this helpful
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I think you have been misinformed about water and wool. It is agitation when wet that shrinks wool. Same with steam. When wet, tease the carpet up with an old dental pick or some such tool.

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December 6, 2010

How do you get carpet fiber to rise as a result of indentations caused by furniture?

By James Doougherty from Philadelphia, PA

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December 7, 20100 found this helpful

Try placing an ice cube in each indent and leave over night its magic!

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December 7, 20100 found this helpful

Steam it with an iron. Do not set the iron directly on the carpet. It will melt it! Just burst it with steam.

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December 7, 20100 found this helpful

The ice cube trick works fantastically.

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December 7, 20100 found this helpful

I think it depends on the carpet. I am a little OCD :) so when I was moving out of my last home I went around and removed all the dents from the rugs after all the furniture was out. I tried the ice cube method but it didn't work. I used the steam iron method with a kitchen towel over the dent and then the steam from the iron I then used a spoon to fluff the carpet it worked wonders. When we moved into our present house which is filled with Berber carpet the steam iron nor the ice cube method worked. We have been here over 2 years and I am still plagued with dents from the former owners furniture.

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February 19, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you to everyone who said that a steam iron would do the trick. It really does work! I tried the ice cube method but with no luck. Thanks again my carpet looks great.

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January 9, 20140 found this helpful

Steam iron worked awesome but I also wet the towel layed it over the dent and then steamed it with the iron worked awesome.

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April 6, 2010

How do I remove furniture indentations from carpet?

By Barbara from Boston

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April 6, 20100 found this helpful

You can try using a brush, like a hair brush, to fluff up the matted areas. You'll have to do it a couple of times over a couple days probably. After all, the dents weren't made in a day.

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April 17, 20101 found this helpful

Use a fork (the tines) to fluff it up. I read that somewhere a long time ago and it has always worked for me.

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How can I get dents in my carpet from heavy furniture being on the carpet out of the carpet?

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November 24, 2010

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.

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October 25, 2010

How can I fix a mark on the carpet from furniture?

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August 10, 2010

I would like to find out how to remove deep furniture dents from carpets.

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November 5, 2009

Removing Carpet Dents. I was moving furniture, now have carpet dents. I need to remove them, having new furniture delivered in an hour. The carpet is berber.

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May 7, 2009

I recently moved some heavy furniture in my living room. How do I get rid of the imprints in my carpet from the couch?

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December 12, 2006

We have Berber carpet and have re-arranged furniture. We now have carpet dents in the carpet and cannot get them out.

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