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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Getting Rid of Carpet Dents

Have you ever had to move a heavy piece of furniture off your carpet? Most carpet will "hang on" to the dent left by that furniture forever! The good news is that there is a fast and simple way of removing that dent. This works for both nylon and olefin carpets. It will probably work on wool, too, but I've never owned a wool carpet so I don't know for sure.

It takes a long time for carpet to release dents left by furniture, but you can speed it along by using a hot iron and a damp towel.

WARNING: NEVER let the hot iron touch the carpet or it will melt the fibers.

Using a clean towel, wet it and the wring it so that it is very damp but not super wet or dripping. Place it over the dented area and iron it with a super hot iron so that the iron creates steam. Again, be careful not to let the actual iron element touch the carpet and watch out for the steam.

While the carpet is still warm from the steam, pull back the towel and fluff the surface of the carpet with your hand by gently rubbing the fibers back and forth. Depending on how deep the dent is and how long the furniture has been sitting on it, you may have to repeat the process a couple of times. But it will only take minutes.

See? No dents! Now that the fibers have been relaxed, the carpet will fluff up even more every time you vacuum. Be sure to wait until the carpet is completely dry before you do that.

This method also works on area rugs. I have a huge rug that is made of olefin with a nylon backing. It's the backing that's wrinkled in my case.

I've had this carpet laying out for almost a year and this stubborn wrinkle will just not flatten out. SO, I did the same thing with the super hot iron and a very damp towel.

I had to steam the rug a little longer for the heat to get to the backing. While it was still hot, I sat a heavy laundry basket full of clothes until the rug cooled.

Working out the wrinkle in the area rug took more work than it did when getting rid of the carpet dents, but I guess I'm a little more stubborn than that wrinkle was because it is now gone!

Thank you for stopping by!

Patricia :o)


Deanna said...

Hi lovely! I'm glad you posted this..I'll have to show it to Cyndi. She has the same problem with the rug in her living room. I trip over that dumb hump all the time.

Deanna :D

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Great information!~Patti

GardenofDaisies said...

Thanks for sharing that tip with us!! Looks easy enough!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Patricia...Wow...this is such a great thing to know. I just got new carpet installed yesterday in the entire house and already I have noticed that dents are created easily. The carpet is highgrade and I am surprised at how easily it dents..but now I know how to fix it when I move furnature after long periods. The new carpet pad is made of that memory foam and they said it is new. I got the idea it had not been tested too strongly yet. So...this is nice to know as it seems to let the carpet dent more easily.
How good of you to take the time to share this.

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Thanks for such a helpful hint! Blessings,Kathleen

Cathy said...

What a clever idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

Cathy ♥ said...

Hi there,
Great tip on the carpet problem. I love all of your vintage linens, I have a big wicker basket filled with mine. Every thrift store or garage sale I attend I hunt for them. Thanks for putting me on your sidebar. Lisa

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great advice.I'm going to try this....Kathy

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Who knew a Rowenta would be good for carpet too! It's a MUST, isn't it?



Colorado Springs Carpet said...

Wow, this is very lovely blog. Dents can appear on your beautiful carpet every time you move your furniture around. Thanks for the article on getting rid of carpet dents.