Q: How can I remove dents the furniture has left in my carpet?
— Donna Cunha
A: Carpet dents are tricky because the pad gets compressed as well as the carpet. Some dents will never recover fully, but here are a couple of methods to try:
• Let one or two ice cubes melt in each dent. Blot the excess moisture, and then fluff the carpet fibers with your fingers or a fork.
• Steam out the dents with a steamer or steam iron. If you’re using an iron, place a white cloth over the dent to prevent scorching or melting the carpet fibers, and then iron over the cloth using a steam setting. Be careful not to let the iron touch the carpet.
You can dampen the cloth to add extra moisture if you wish. Fluff the fibers when you’re done.
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