Furniture indentations in your carpet can be unsightly and irritating. If you have a soft pile carpet, you can avoid or lessen them by placing coasters or jar lids under the legs of any furniture. You can also purchase specialist casters which will lessen indentations. These will spread the weight of the furniture to decrease the marks. If you have got indentations in your carpet, however, there are a number of ways to get rid of them before they permanently mark your carpet. This handy guide will show you how to remove indentations of different severity using green methods and everyday items.
Step 1 – Using Ice Cubes
If the indentations are small and gentle, leave an ice cube on the affected carpet area to melt in. When the area has dried use a pile grooming brush to pull the fibers back into shape. If you do not have a pile grooming brush, you can use a fork, your fingers or a stiff comb.
Step 2 - Iron Steam Jets
Steam cleaning doesn’t require an expensive contractor or machinery. It is something you can do yourself on small patches of your carpet. One of the most effective steam-producing everyday items in your house is the iron. Turn your iron on and set it to the steam setting. Once it has heated up, direct the steam jet a couple of inches above the marked carpet. Make sure you don’t allow the iron to touch the carpet or you will singe or burn it.
Direct the steam jet at the carpet and allow the steam to penetrate the fibers in the carpet. Leave the carpet for a few minutes to cool and for the fibers to spring up. You may have to repeat this several times before the carpet fibers have fully returned to their original shape. Once the carpet has fully cooled, use a pile grooming brush to brush the affected area of the carpet. You may also find that a household clothing steamer works as effectively on a carpet indentation.
Step 3 – Applying Direct Heat
If you find that the gentle steam cleaning shown in Step 1 hasn’t removed the carpet indentation, you will need to apply direct heat to the carpet. Dampen a clean towel and place it over the affected area of the carpet. Heat up the iron and run it over the towel. The damp towel and the heat from the iron will penetrate steam into the carpet.
Once you have treated the area of the carpet, leave the towel over the area until it has completely dried. When the area has fully dried, use a pile grooming brush to pull the carpet fibers back into shape. When you are repositioning your furniture, try not to place the legs in exactly the same place, as this will cause further marking on the delicate carpet.