How to Remove Creases From Area Rugs

Take the time to remove creases from area rugs.
Take the time to remove creases from area rugs. (Image: kitchen image by yong hong from

Area rugs add a touch of design to any room, and often are purchased and stored in a rolled-up form. When you unroll the area rug, you are typically left with creases that prevent the rug from laying flat. Not only is this unattractive, but it could also be a safety hazard if someone trips over a raised crease. To remove the creases and keep the rug laying flat, you simply need to use two items that are most likely already in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Iron

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Place a folded towel over the crease in the rug. You want to have approximately 1/2 inch of towel height to protect the rug from the iron's heat.

Turn an iron on medium heat, and turn on the steam setting. If your iron does not have a steam setting, lightly sprinkle water onto the towel.

Rub the iron over the towel. The steam will penetrate into the rug, removing the creases. Hold the iron over each section for five seconds, then move onto a new area of the rug. Repeat until all creases are removed.


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