Have you ever moved a chair, sofa, bed or table in your home only to discover unsightly indentations in your carpet? These marks can be especially troublesome if you like to rearrange your furniture every year or two.
The good news is you don’t have to live with carpet marks. By taking a proactive approach, you can protect your carpet from furniture dents and preserve its attractive appearance.
How to Prevent Carpet Indentations from Furniture
Some easy steps to prevent carpet indentations include:
- Use coasters: For furniture with legs, placing a coaster under each one redistributes the weight of the piece so that it’s not concentrated in one small area. Coasters are inexpensive, and they’re available in a wide variety of materials. If your furniture has wheels, use a coaster under each wheel.
- Move it slightly: You don’t have to keep rearranging the furniture to prevent carpet dents. Shifting it just a couple of inches to one side or the other every few weeks keeps the legs from settling into the carpet and compressing the fibers.
- Carpet scraps: Do you still have some carpeting left over from your last installation? Try cutting it into small pieces and placing them under the legs of your furniture to serve as coasters. If your scraps consist of the same carpeting that’s on the floor now and you make them only slightly larger than the legs, people aren’t likely to notice them.
- Vacuum often: Dents and flat spots can also occur in areas where there is no furniture. When you walk across the carpet, you grind dirt into it that damages the fibers and creates indentations. Regular vacuuming will remove the dirt and help the carpet spring back.
How to Get Rid of Existing Indentations
If you didn’t implement any of these steps before placing your furniture on your carpet, it’s still possible to remove the furniture dents. The easiest method is to put ice cubes on the indentation and allow them the melt. The moisture will cause the fibers to fluff up and give the carpet a like-new appearance. You can also use a carpet rake or even a small comb to tease the fibers.
Another option is to iron your carpet with the same iron you use for clothing. Place a damp towel or cloth over the indentation and move your iron over it. You can use the steam setting, but make sure you monitor the carpet closely to prevent scorching. A professional steam cleaning can also remove most indentations, as well as dirt and stains that have accumulated over time.
Contact 50 Floor to Learn More
At 50 Floor, we can provide more expert advice regarding how to protect your carpet from flooring marks. Has the time come to replace that aging carpet in your home? Our unique shop at home approach enables us to bring all our carpeting options to you. Contact us for more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation today.