How to Remove Dents from Berber Carpet

Berber carpet is a style of rug that uses either large, nubby looped fabrics or small, tightly looped fabrics. Because of its tight construction, Berber carpet can hold onto dents longer than plush or shag. Though the damage wont be lasting, dents in Berber carpet can be unsightly. You could wait four to six weeks for the carpet fibers to regain their elasticity, or you can try some simple remedies to eliminate those irritating blemishes more quickly.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ice cube

  • Fork

  • Iron on the steam setting

Use an Ice cube

Step 1

Rub the dent softly with ice. Allow the spot to get just slightly damp. Don't push down on the carpet.

Step 2

Use the side of fork to lightly scrape the carpet back and forth. Do this until the fibers become springy and start standing upright.

Step 3

Use the prongs of the fork to gently lift the dented carpet. Swivel the fork back and forth, coaxing the fibers to regain their original shape.

Step 4

Repeat as needed.

Use Steam

Step 1

Apply steam to the dent from a heated iron. Be sure not to iron the carpet as this could set the dent even further.

Step 2

Use the side of a fork to lightly scrape the carpet back and forth. Do this until the fibers become springy and start standing upright.

Step 3

Use the prongs of the fork to gently lift the dented carpet. Swivel the fork back and forth, coaxing the fibers to regain their original shape.

Step 4

Repeat three or four times as necessary.

Tip

Avoid using a rag or cloth to loosen the carpet’s fibers. This could crush the carpet further. The more expensive your carpet is, the better the fibers will be. Inexpensive Berber carpets, like those used in offices, will be tougher to deal with and may always keep a slight dent, no matter how rigorously you attempt to remove it. If your carpet is wool, have a professional service the dents.

Warning

You may not notice a difference until the second or third time you attempt to remove the dent. Carpet fibers are tough. Be patient. Allowing water to dry on carpet could cause mold, which is extremely hard to eliminate. Never apply water or steam to wool carpets.

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