7 Basic Steps To Treat or Repair Crushed Carpet Fibers

a rug beneath furniture

 Stocksy / Trinette Reed

Being a designer means more than picking out the right colors and finding the perfect pieces of furniture. All of that is important, of course, and it does make up a good deal of what a designer does when working with clients. But there's more. There are dozens of tricks that good designers pick up over years of working on lots of different kinds of projects. Helping someone to design or decorate their homes is only part of it. These tricks come from doing other projects like staging a home for sale or styling a space for a photo or video shoot.

Working on projects like these, a designer quickly learns how to make a place look good for the camera, and how to put everything back just the way it was when the filming is done. Now some of these tricks are only good for photoshoots, but others are great to be able to bring to your own home. One example is knowing how to deal with the little areas of crushed carpet that are always left behind whenever we move a piece of furniture that's been in one place for a long time.

These marks are a problem on a photoshoot when you're trying to give the appearance that the room was always set up in the way that you've styled it. It's just as much of a problem at home when a spring refresh leaves craters in the carpet to remind you of where the furniture was all winter. What to do? This is such an easy fix, you won't believe it works. It will be helpful for renters and home sellers or use it when you rearrange the furniture.


Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Put some ice cubes in a bowl.
  2. Place the ice cubes along the dented areas of carpeting or in the spot where a piece of furniture was set. Place cubes about 2 inches apart. (See Tips below. Always test first, and be especially cautious if you have wood floors under your carpeting.)
  3. Let the ice cubes rest on the carpet for several hours or overnight, at least until cubes are completely melted.
  4. Allow the carpet to dry completely.
  5. Vacuum the carpet in the areas where you set the ice cubes.
  6. Carpet fibers should now be returned to their normal upright position. If they're still lying down, fluff them up with your fingertips.
  7. Reapply ice cubes if needed.
  8. Please read the important tips below.


  1. ALWAYS test this method first with one ice cube in an inconspicuous spot. Lift carpet corner to see that the water hasn't damaged the under flooring.
  2. Be CAREFUL if you have wood floors underneath! Test first to make sure moisture does not damage the wood.
  3. DO NOT use this method on hand-dyed rugs, antique carpets, delicate or valuable rugs, or on fibers not compatible with water cleaning.