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How to get rid of telltale furniture dents in carpet

Reblogger Robin Rogers
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas 398351

I just sold a house with carpet in the bedrooms and family room. The tenants who lived there previously apparently had some very heavy furniture. The dents in the carpet were still there, even after the carpet was shampooed and steam-cleaned--twice. I wish I had known about these two methods of removing the dents so I could have passed it on to my client. Thanks to Barbara, I will know next time. Check it out:


Original content by Barbara Heil-Sonneck

At Design2Sell Interiors and Home Staging we are often ask to share tricks of the trade. One is how to remove dents. When a leg of any type of furniture is placed on a carpet, it will often create an unsightly dent. Here is how that issue can be addressed in 2 simple ways:

Ice cube Method

  1. Drop ice cubes in each dent. 
  2. Let the ice cubes melt over night. 
  3. Check the results the next morning. 
  4. If result is not completely satisfying, use a fork/spoon to gently lift remaining carpet fibers..

Steam Iron Method

  1. Use steam iron and kitchen towel
  2. Steam area with dent (be careful with temperature)
  3. IF that does not do the trick gently use a spoon/fork to fluff the carpet

This works on most standard carpets





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Robin Rogers, REALTOR, Broker-owner, TRC, MRP, CRS

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Suzanne Gantner
Realty Texas - Round Rock, TX

I have often heard about the ice cube trick but have not tried it.  Good tips to know.

Nov 18, 2011 12:57 AM
Linda Duggan
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Oakville Real Estate

I heard about the ice cube method and have even tried it myself, definitely works.

Nov 18, 2011 01:01 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

I have used the ice cube solution before and it worked beautifully!

Nov 18, 2011 01:03 AM
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

I seem to be the only one who hasn't tried the ice-cube trick! How could I have not known about it? It just goes to show that all the answers are on ActiveRain!

Nov 18, 2011 01:29 AM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Ice Cubes at our house. Never have tried the steam iron, little afraid I may do damage if I didn't do it right. Yea! for Active Rain.


Nov 19, 2011 12:23 PM