by Amanda Mears
Whether you're moving into a new home or rearranging a room, you may have noticed dents in your area rugs from past furniture placement. Luckily, these dents are a minor nuisance that can easily be fixed, so with just a little work, your rugs can look brand new. If vacuuming repeatedly won't cut it, try these tricks.
Use the ice cube method. To fluff up fibers and remove dents in area rugs and carpet, try the popular ice cube trick. Place an ice cube over the indentation and let it sit overnight. In the morning, soak up any water that is left and use the edge of spoon to gently fluff the fibers back into place. You may want to avoid this method if the colors on your area rug bleed when wet. Test for any possible dye discoloration by rubbing the area lightly with a towel and checking to see if any color was transferred.
Steam your rug. Many area rugs are made from synthetic material, like nylon or polypropylene, which can melt when exposed to high heat. However, you can still use a steam iron to get rid of especially stubborn dents. Place a damp towel over the problem area and switch your iron to the steam setting. Press the iron onto the towel in quick bursts to avoid burning your towel or the carpet underneath. The steam should rejuvenate smashed carpet fibers and can be used in conjunction with the ice cube method if you have an especially stubborn dent.
Use a comb. For area rugs with longer pile, try beauty tools to help fluff the fibers. Using a comb and a blow dryer, gently brush the dent upward until it is gone. If the dent is deep, you can mist it with clean water in a spray bottle first to help the fibers relax. Use a low heat setting when aiming your blow dryer toward the rug to avoid burning or melting the fibers.
Prevent future dents. To avoid future dents in your carpets and rugs, move heavy furniture every few months. Even shifting large items an inch can give you a chance to fluff the carpet underneath and prevent permanent markings. If shifting your furniture won't work, try rotating your area rug often to spread out the wear in certain areas.
Published February 6, 2012
Updated April 2, 2015