By Noreen Doll.
Recently I decided to move a heavy bookcase from where it had been sitting for several years.
Once the bookcase was gone, there remained a deep imprint in the flattened carpet fibers where the bottom edges of the bookcase had been sitting.
I had read about using ice cubes to rejuvenate dents in carpeting, so I decided to try it.
I laid ice cubes end to end in the carpet dent and left them for several hours to melt and fluff the carpet fibers.
Apparently what happens is that when the carpet fibers absorb the moisture, they swell back up and lose their flatness.
When I returned – after about 4 hours – I used my fingers to stir up the damp flat fibers.
The red arrow shows where I finger combed, so you can see the before finger combing on the left, and the after finger combing where the arrow points on the right.
After I saw the results, I was amazed at how well it had worked.
The red arrow below points to the left edge of where the bookcase dent was, and you can clearly see how much better it looks than the right half that hasn’t been worked on.
Don’t set anything on the area before the damp part of the carpet has had a chance to dry completely.
Cynthia L says
What a great tip! I just moved a bed and was hating the marks in the carpet. I will have to give this a try!
Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party.
Marlys @ This and That says
I have heard of doing this but haven’t tried. I have a couple of spots that I am now going to do this on and see if it works. Thanks for the tip.. coming over from In and out of the Kitchen
I’ve heard of this but never tried it nor seen the results from anyone who has. Thanks so much for posting this over at the Projected Inspired Party – I am definitely going to try this!
Selene Galindo says
This is so good to know! I didn’t even consider the idea of there being a solution!
Thanks for sharing:)
So glad I stopped over from Time to Sparkle
Wow. I will definitely try this.
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
Fabulous. I have some I need to work on. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me and don’t forget to link up to our Holiday Baking Party on the 20th. Hugs, Marty
Kayla @ Home Coming says
Such a good tip! I definitely need to do this in a few rooms.
Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says
This is great! Pinned it to use later! Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday!
Sinea Pies says
You are so right….finger combing does work The only reason I knew to try it was that I had seen my mom doing the same thing years ago. She was big on rearranging the furniture and, as a result, had to get the carpet back to “new”. Thanks so much for sharing this on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. I pinned it!
Linda @ A La Carte says
Great tip and thanks for sharing your results with us at TTF
Thanks for joining us at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree! Wow- that is a useful tip! I mostly have hardwood floors, but I will pass this along to others.
Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas says
I have heard that before too, but I didn’t think it would actually work. Nice tip. Thanks.
Jennifer Juniper says
I always wondered what to do about that!
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
Awesome tip! I have just moved some stuff my self, so this advice will come in handy immediately. Thanks for sharing. Pinned! 🙂
Life With Lorelai
Thank you! I have never heard of this.
I never knew that!!!
Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life says
Hi Noreen, I wanted to let you know that we’re featuring this post at our Making Monday link party, which goes live Sunday evening at 8pm eastern. Come take a look ~ and we’d love to have you share some of your other great posts. Have a great weekend. http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/?p=8130
I’ve never heard of this tip before. Way better than vacuuming over and over and over again. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made’s Show & Tell party.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above says
I had no idea. This is great information. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
Debi and Charly
I’m about to move some furniture around in my four year old’s room and was super worried about the carpet dents. Definitely going to give this a try!! Thank you 🙂
Amazing tip, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!
Cool, Noreen, I had heard about the ice cube thing but never tried it. Your friend, Linda
Hani Shabbir says
I think your project was awesome and that’s why I featured it at Craftionary.. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at The weekly creative.. Come by and see other fun projects that got featured along with you.
Have a great weekend! 🙂
Susan Freeman says
Using a spoon to scratch up carpet pile saves your nails
One Source Flooring says
Awesome content and ideas that every home owner can follow through it. Thanks for sharing.