How to Remove Furniture Indentations from Your Rug

Furniture indentations on your area rug can be a frustrating sight, especially when you've invested in a beautiful and cosy piece for your home. These indentations, often caused by heavy furniture sitting on the rug for extended periods, can detract from the overall appearance of your space. Fortunately, there are several simple techniques you can use to remove these pesky imprints and restore your rug's beauty. In this blog post, we'll share a step-by-step guide on how to remove furniture indentations from your area rug.

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Step 1: Assess the Severity of the Indentations

Before you start, it's essential to assess the severity of the indentations. If they are shallow, you can typically address them with simple techniques like brushing, vacuuming, or using ice cubes. However, if the indentations are deep, you may need to employ more aggressive methods, such as steaming or applying heavy pressure.

Step 2: Brush the Indentations

Using a soft-bristled brush, gently brush the indented area in the direction of the rug's fibres. This can help to lift and separate the fibres, making it easier for you to remove the indentation.

Step 3: Vacuum the Area Rug

After brushing, vacuum the rug with the beater bar turned off to avoid damaging the fibres. Vacuuming helps to further lift the fibres and remove any dirt or debris that may have settled into the indentations.

Step 4: Use Ice Cubes

One popular method to remove indentations is to place ice cubes on the affected area. As the ice melts, the fibres will absorb the water and expand, helping to lift the indentation. Once the ice has melted completely, use a clean, dry cloth to blot the area and remove excess moisture.

Step 5: Steam the Area Rug (Optional)

If the indentations are particularly stubborn, you can use a steam cleaner to help remove them. Hold the steam cleaner about an inch above the rug's surface, allowing the steam to penetrate the fibres. Be careful not to hold the steamer too close or for too long, as excessive heat can damage your rug. After steaming, use a clean, dry cloth to blot the area and remove any excess moisture.

Step 6: Apply Heavy Pressure (Optional)

If the indentations still persist, try placing a heavy object, like a stack of books, on a clean towel or cloth that is laid over the indentation. Leave the heavy object in place for several hours or overnight to help flatten the fibres.

Step 7: Fluff the Fibres

Once the indentations have been removed or significantly reduced, use your fingers or a soft-bristled brush to fluff the fibres and restore the rug's original appearance. Gently work the fibres in the direction of the rug's natural nap to help them stand upright.

Step 8: Repeat as Necessary

Depending on the severity of the indentations, you may need to repeat these steps multiple times to achieve the desired results. Don't be discouraged if it takes several attempts to completely remove the indentations.

Prevention Tips

To prevent furniture indentations from occurring in the future, consider using furniture coasters or felt pads under heavy furniture. These will distribute the weight more evenly and prevent the furniture from compressing the rug fibres. Additionally, you can rotate your rug periodically to help distribute the wear and tear more evenly.


Furniture indentations on your area rug can be a frustrating sight, but with a little effort and patience, you can remove them and restore your rug's beauty. By following these simple steps, you can get your rug looking as good as new and prevent future indentations from occurring. Here at rug love we cannot be held responsible for any damage caused to your rug following our guide lines.

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