Especially at the holidays, we end up moving furniture around. A lot. We move extra chairs into the dining room, we move stuff out of the way in the living room to open presents…it’s an exciting time of year, but when you move enough furniture and see those dents all over the carpet, it’s a bittersweet sight to see.

When furniture isn’t regularly moved, the pressure and weight compress the carpet fibers and create a dent in the surface. Usually, these dents can be reversed. Here are a few tricks to do it:

Ice cubes

First, fill the dent with an ice cube (or a few, if it’s a big one). Let them melt, and leave the water to absorb into the carpet overnight.

In the morning, you’ll come back and blot any residual dampness with a cloth.

Finally, fluff the fibers with your fingers or a spoon to match the pile direction of the rest of the carpet.

Steam iron

Cover the dented area with a clean cloth before gently applying a steam iron. In the case of especially deep dents, the cloth can be dampened first to create more steam.

Next, set the iron aside, remove the cloth, and fluff the fibers using your fingers or a spoon to match the pile direction of the rest of the carpet.

Blow dryer

First, spritz a little clean water onto the area.

Then use a hair dryer to blow the dent dry, all the while running your fingers through the fibers until they match the pile direction of the rest of the carpet.

After any of these techniques, vacuum the area to create a uniform finish.

I’m all about giving homeowners in Belleville, Shiloh, O’Fallon and neighboring areas the expert tips and tricks to keep their homes looking and working the best they can. If you have questions, get in touch.