Between the commotion of your children’s playtime, the stress of daily foot traffic, and perhaps even the messiest elements of pet ownership, you have to protect your carpets from many daily dangers. Don’t let the fear of heavy furniture imprints on your plush carpet add to your list of growing concerns. Luckily, there are plenty of different ways to protect your carpet from furniture marks. You can prevent impressions before they harm the appearance and quality of your carpet.
Regularly Steam the Carpet
Some types of carpet regain their original texture after you steam them. Steaming your carpet doesn’t just help to prevent the indentations from happening, it also deep cleans the fibers and removes any dirt that may be hidden below surface level. While regularly steaming the carpet is a good habit to get into, it may quickly turn into an annoying chore—especially if you’re moving heavy furniture every time. Before moving furniture back into place, let the carpet fully dry after you finish steaming it.
Rugs, Carpet Scraps, and Furniture Coasters
The easiest of our ways to protect your carpet from furniture marks is to add a layer between your furniture and your carpet. Some people put carpet scraps beneath the feet of their heaviest furniture, but if you don’t like the irregular appearance, you can place a rug underneath the furniture. With help from a rug pad, you’ll prevent damage to both your carpet and your new area rug. An area rug allows you to refresh your interior décor while protecting your original carpeting from furniture-related marks.
You can also consider furniture coasters that extend the surface area of your furniture’s legs. A larger surface area prevents harsh impressions. Some furniture coasters come with soft plastic spikes to further prevent carpet damage, especially on shag carpet.
Occasionally Move Your Furniture
Don’t give furniture impressions time to settle in. Schedule a plan to move your furniture at regular intervals. You don’t need to move it far—just a small movement allows your carpet fibers to recover from the force of your furniture. Tease the carpet fibers after you move the heavy object.
It’s not impossible to remove carpet impressions once they appear—but some may be more difficult to handle than others. Try letting an ice cube melt on the damaged fibers before combing them up to fix them. While this method can help repair your carpet indentations, it’s always best to take measures to prevent them from happening in the first place.