How to Get Dents out of a Carpet
- Fantastic Team
- Published: February 18, 2019
- 9min read
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So you’ve decided that it’s time to do a bit of rearranging in your living room. You move your sofa and what do you find underneath it?
A furniture mark!
Before you abort the makeover mission and hide the ugly sight under the sofa again, hear us out:
There is a way to remove these marks from your textile floor covering.
Read on to see how it’s done:
So, if you:
Then read on! This article will answer your questions.
Why do I get dents on my carpet?
When you leave a piece of heavy furniture on your carpet for a longer period of time, the weight of the item deforms the fibres of the rug. The more time your sofa, for example, spends sitting on top of your carpeting, the deeper and more pronounced the marks get. Rest assured, the dents aren’t irreversible.
How can I fix the carpet myself?
Depending on the material it’s made of, each carpet type requires different dent removing methods. What works for synthetic floor covering may not help a rug with natural fibres. Before we get into the actual tips, remember to check the carpet’s label to determine its type.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are a few techniques to get get furniture feet marks out of your lovely carpet:
Did you know that you can restore your carpet by using ice cubes to get rid of the dents?
Follow these steps to remove deep imprints from a synthetic rug:
You need access to treat the dents.
Spread out some towels or a few old pieces of cloth under the dented areas you plan to work on. They will soak up the excess water from the melting ice cubes.
As they melt away, the marked areas will absorb the moisture. This way, the dents get swollen up by the water and will gradually disappear. Make sure to do a spot-test first so you can see how the fibre’s colour reacts to the liquid.
The carpet fibres need time to absorb the water and puff up.
Remove the leftover moisture by dabbing with a clean piece of cloth. You won’t be able to get the rug 100% dry, but you need to remove as much of the water as possible. To leave your carpet soaking wet is never a good idea.
Once you are done, there shouldn’t be a trace left from the old furniture marks.
Common synthetic carpet fibres include polyester, nylon and olefin.
Speaking of ice cubes, you can use an ice pack to remove bubble gum from your carpet. See how it’s done in our blog post on how to get chewing gum out of carpets.
The most effective and safe way to remove indentations from a natural-fibre rug is with the help of steam. Again, don’t forget to double-check the carpet’s label, so you can determine the material type you are dealing with.
Here is how to get rid of furniture marks on carpets made out of natural fibres:
If you don’t own a steam iron, don’t worry. Here is what to do:
Common natural carpet fibres include wool, sisal, and cotton.
If you want to learn more about how to maintain your rug made of natural fibres, check out our handy blogpost on how to clean a wool rug.
This is the safest, and unfortunately, the slowest method: First, move the furniture that created the mark away from the carpet. Then, continue using the rug as you would normally do, the fibres should gradually decompress with time. If the rug doesn’t return its original shape, steam cleaning can be your trump card. However, leave this to a professional because there is a high chance of damaging the colour of the rug if you are inexperienced in steam cleaning.
If you are looking for more carpet maintenance and cleaning tips, read our dedicated post on the topic. It’ll show you some carpet maintenance and cleaning tips and walk you through all the important steps to keep your item looking fresh.
If you don’t find the idea of preparing towels, playing with irons, hair dryers and all that other jazz appealing, just get a professional carpet cleaner to remove the dents for you. We, at Fantastic Services, offer an effective carpet cleaning service that will not only get rid of any furniture marks, but will also leave your rug looking and feeling like brand new. We are talking about the most efficient and long-lasting cleaning method right now – hot water extraction. This treatment can restore the original condition of any heavily soiled carpet, while removing all sorts of existing furniture marks and dents. Here is how the whole process goes:
As you can see for yourself, dealing with carpet indentations isn’t a fun way to spend your time, that’s why prevention is key. Below, we have listed a few tricks that you can try out, in order to prevent rug dents:
Carpet pads have two major benefits – they make your rug even more comfortable and soft to walk on and they serve as a prevention method against dents. The pads help create an extra layer under the carpet that absorbs the pressure from the furniture, thus, eliminating the chances of marks, appearing in the first place.
Make sure to choose the type of pad, depending on the sort of rug you own. For example, a regular pad should have a thickness of between 6.3 and 11 mm and a density around 2.7 kg per cubic foot.
This product is self-explanatory – carpet cups are small plate-like objects that you put under the legs of your furniture to protect your carpet. They distribute the weight of the furniture evenly across the rug pile, so it doesn’t get indented. The protectors don’t need any sort of installation, you just have to place them in between the furniture’s legs and the carpeting. You can find this product, made from plastic or wood, so you can choose one that’ll compliment the piece of furniture.
As we mentioned earlier, carpeting marks form from the weight of the furniture, located on top of the rug. The easiest way to prevent indentations in your carpeting is by moving the furniture on a regular basis. Move the items about 2.5 cm every other month to eliminate the chances of dents forming. The only downside to this method is that it’s not that convenient if you have heavy and bulky furniture pieces.
If you don’t feel like rearranging your room every month, you can always get yourself a carpet with a short pile. These types of rugs are overall low maintenance and don’t suffer from furniture marks that easily.
We hope you found this article on how to get dents out of carpets informative and most importantly – helpful. Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on the matter in the comment section below.
No matter of the cleaning method, remember to always do a small spot test on hidden part of your carpet. Depending on the size, nature, and age of the stain, some of them might be impossible to remove. We cannot take responsibility if any of the above-mentioned methods do not work on your carpets. Read our disclaimer here.