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Removing Rug Divots

Home staging professional

Denise Sleeper, Sept 18 2020
Owner of Delta Home Staging & Redesign


With home staging, we often ask the homeowner to move or remove furniture -- and then we see the dreaded “rug divot” where the furniture has crushed the rug fibres.  Fear not!   Here are 3 easy fixes
to have those fibres standing at attention again.


The Cold Approach (my favourite)

  • Place a large ice cube in the middle of the dent (divot).  

  • Wait 4-5 hours.

  • Blot with a clean cloth and then use a spoon to pick up the fibres.


The Hot Approach

  • Fill a spray bottle with distilled water.

  • Spray the water into the carpet dent to moisten.

  • Hold a hair dryer 10 - 15 cm (4-6 inches) above the carpet dent.  

  • On the high setting blow on the moistened divot until the water is warm.

  • Then use a spoon to pick up the fibres.


The Steamy Approach

  • Fill a steam iron with distilled water and turn on high.

  • Hold the iron 10-15 cm (4-6 inches) above the carpet.  Do not touch the iron to your carpet.

  • Apply a stream of steam to the dent (divot) multiple times.

  • Once the area is moist, then use a spoon to pick up the fibres.


These fixes are for natural and synthetic carpets.  For silk carpets, a professional service would be your best bet.


So go ahead and move your furniture.

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