When you have heavy furniture like the bed and large wardrobes in the same position, all is fine, until the day you decide to move your furniture round. You are likely not to be too delighted when you see large dents in parts of the now exposed carpet where your larger items of bedroom furniture previously stood. Carpet dents are also a problem with chairs, which although not so heavy, have to take the weight of the user.

There are several ways you can get rid of carpet dents yourself without having to call in a professional. The method you use will depend on how deep the indentation is.

Shallow Dents

You can usually get rid of smaller dents with steam. If you don't have a steamer, heat up the iron and use the steam function. Hold the iron around 10 to 15 cm away from the dent, and stem until the carpet is slightly damp. Rub backwards and forwards with the edge of a coin or credit card until the fibres stand up straight again.

If using a steamer is a bother, you can try a melting ice cube. Place it directly on the dent until it melts, then blot up any excess water before rubbing the carpet with the card or coin.

Another way to do it is by using a spray bottle of water to moisten the dent, and then heat the area for several minutes with a hairdryer on the hottest setting. Blow dry the dent for several minutes, then as before, rub with a coin.

Deep Dents

For more severe dents, try putting a damp towel over the area then iron it on the wool setting for several minutes. Leave the cloth in position until it is completely dry. The moisture from the towel plus the heat from the iron usually works well to cause the dent to miraculously disappear. In the event it fails, you can try a few more times, but if the mark is still evident, it may be time to consider calling in a professional.

Preventing Dents

For small items, move the furniture a few centimetres every month or so. This should be enough to prevent indentation, but the problem is remembering, so you might want to put a reminder in an app or calendar.

For larger items, furniture gliders will help. You put these small pads under the feet of your furniture. They help to spread out the weight of the evenly among more fibres, so that way, the furniture isn't just compacting just a few fibres, so marks don’t form, and if they do, they are usually very shallow and therefore easy to remove.

Gliders are also helpful when you need to move the furniture. They usually come with sticky backs that you fix against the feet, or a pin you insert into the wood.