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Question
Is there any way to get impressions from furniture out of a short nap area rug? It has been just cleaned and the impressions still exist.
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It may depend on the fiber. Try this.  Place a wet white towel over the area.  Using a steam iron, steam the depressed area for about a half minute.  Remove the towel and brush the pile up.  Be careful, as the pile will be very hot, you may want to use a spoon to brush the pile.  Do NOT allow the iron to contact the fiber, as some fibers may melt and others could be discolored.

The steam softens the fiber and when it cools after brushing, it should remain upright.  

If the rug was on top of carpet, the depressed area may be due to stretching of the rug's backing.  This happens when the furniture leg compresses the rug's pile, the carpet pile and the carpet pad all the way to the floor underneath.  The steaming may help this situation.

Hope this helps !

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Any question regarding carpet, including specifications, maintenance, installation, regulation.

Experience

Retired after 44 years in carpet manufacture, technical and research. Served 33 years as Director of Technical Services for the world's largest carpet manufacturer.

Organizations
The Carpet and Rug Institute, Technical Chair - 12 years; American Society for Testing and Materials (40 years); American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (39 years); Society of Cleaning and Restoration (Board of Directors); US National Textile Research Consortium; Cleaning Industry Research Institute (Board of Directors and founder); Canadian General Standards Board Technical Advisory Committee; The Fiber Society; Alzheimer's Association of NW GA (Board of Directors); Trout Unlimited; Federation of Fly Fishermen

Publications
AATCC Review (Textile Chemist and Colorist Journal); Journal of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; International Journal of Flooring Sciences Cleaning Digest; Cleanfax Magazine; Floor Covering Weekly; Floor Covering News; Proceedings of the Technical Conference of the Polyurethane Association; Proceedings of the Symposium on the Science of Cleaning;

Education/Credentials
BS in Chemistry and Business Administration, University of North Georgia

Awards and Honors
Carpet and Rug Institute, Smrekar Award, 1998; Carpet Industry Leadership Award, 1994; Cleanfax Magazine Person of the Year, 1996; Cleaning Digest, person of the year, 1997; Institute of Inspections,Cleaning and Restoration Certifications award,1997; ISCT Lipscomb Award, 2004

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