You plan, cook, and clean when preparing for an evening full of fun, merriment, and food with friends and family. Next, you rearrange the furniture to accommodate the increased flow of foot traffic and ease conversation. Then, when you think you have completed everything on your to-do list, you spot a set of dents on the carpet.
Large dents in the carpet are known as divots. Divots usually occur when a heavy piece of furniture compresses delicate carpet fibers for a certain amount of time. It’s not easy to notice them unless you decide to rearrange the furniture.
You can decompress your carpet by trying simple techniques that involve using household materials to remove the dents.
How Can You Get Rid of Furniture Dents in The Carpet?
There are three main methods that you can use to get rid of furniture dents in your carpet. They include using ice, a blow dryer, a spray bottle, and a steam iron. The first method is used on synthetic fibers, while the last two are used to fix dents with natural fibers.
Method 1: Using Ice on Synthetic Fibers
Ice cubes can melt away your synthetic carpet dents and fix your holiday-hosting troubles. Examples of synthetic carpet fibers are nylon, polyester, and olefin.
The first thing is to freeze a tray of ice cubes or hit up the freezer’s automatic ice maker for supplies.
Next, you need to protect the floor underneath. This is important when removing dents from a carpet area with wood or other finished floors underneath. Place a rag, towel, or other absorbent material below the carpet where you will fix the dent to safeguard the floor. Once that is done, follow these simple steps:
Cover the dent with ice cubes
Place ice cubes in the dent until its completely covered. As the ice cubes melt, the fibers of the compressed carpet will slowly absorb the water and become more swollen and fuller, thus reducing the indentation. You should leave the ice-cubes resting on the dent overnight or for at least four hours.
Dry the area
After the carpet has absorbed water for several hours, dry the wet area with a clean towel and absorb any excess water. Don’t dry the carpet completely. It should be slightly damp.
Lastly, Fluff the fibers
Once the fibers regain their plumpness, fluffing them back into shape will eliminate any traces of the dent. You can use a small coin, spoon, or a finger to fluff and brush the carpet fibers in different directions to make them stand tall and straight like the other fibers.
You can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove moisture from the carpet and ensure that the fibers stand up nice and tall.
Finally, remove the towel from underneath the carpet that was used to protect the floor.
Method 2: Removing Natural Fiber Dents with a Blow Dryer and Spray Bottle
If you have a carpet with natural fibers, heat and moisture are the best way to deal with carpet dents. A blow dryer increases the hair volume and body and can do a similar thing for your carpet. Blow dryers can restore your carpet’s original bounce and eliminate the dents that made the carpet fibers limp and lackluster.
A blow dryer and spray bottle work together to apply equal amounts of moisture and warmth to a carpet dent to respawn the fibers back up.
The first step is spraying the dent with just enough water to soften the spot. Then turn on the blow dryer, put it to the highest setting, and point it towards the dent directly until the carpet is hot. Lastly, use your fingers to fluff up the dented area.
Method 3: Using a Steam Iron
Steam and heat are the best options to eliminate dents from natural fibers. Since this method can damage a finished floor, ensure you place a towel or rug underneath the carpet to protect it.
Immerse a tea towel in water and take it out after a few minutes. Next, squeeze out as much water as possible. Put the damp towel on top of the dent, then turn on the iron to a medium setting and allow it to heat up.
Place the iron over the towel and run it for a minute while applying gentle pressure.
Remove the iron to allow the towel to dry.
Using a clean towel, blot the carpet dry. Fluffing the carpet with fingers, a carpet rake, a spoon, or a carpet brush will help to restore the fibers’ natural shape and position.
How to Prevent Carpet Dents
Now that you know how to get rid of dents, the next important thing is making sure they don’t happen again. Here are a few tips on how you can keep them at bay.
Use carpet pads
Carpet pads not only make carpets comfortable to walk on, but they can also protect the carpet. The pad helps to absorb the weight and prevent dents from forming when someone places heavy furniture on the carpet.
Carpet pads have different thicknesses, so selecting the right pad depending on your carpet type is important.
Move furniture regularly
Furniture dents form when heavy furniture presses against the same carpet fibers for too long. Moving the furniture often can prevent that from happening. You can move them every two months by at least an inch to stop dents from forming.
Use gliders or cups
Furniture gliders and cups are pads that are placed under furniture feet. They evenly spread out the weight of the furniture among more fibers. That way, a piece of furniture doesn’t just compress a few fibers so dents won’t form.