Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Just a way North of Atlanta
Re: How to get Large Creases out of Carpet
A number of years ago I saw a home improvement show trick that showed them using a steamer to remove carpet indentations from furniture sitting in the nap.
I believe that in your case the backing is creased and "normal" efforts (sitting in the sun, hope it lays flat) simply do nt work because the crease is too well set. Think pants presser. You don't get the wrinkles out by setting them in the sun, etc.
I have used this technique a number of times at home with great success. I also "steamed" a convertiable top on a Porsche that had been left in the down position for 5 years to get rid of the creases. I got 90% of them out in one pass.
I would recommend the following:
If you have access to a steamer, just relay the carpet and steam from the top to "soften" the carpet fibers and the backing. Press flat with a towel (to help shape it to the floor and protect your hands) until cool. Do entire crease 1 time, one area at a time and repeat as necessary.
I bought a cheap travel steamer for about 5 bucks and it has worked fine, but that was 10 years ago I think that you can buy a MUCH better model in Target-like store for this job. Also check your home steam iron, it may have a "steam" feature built into it. If you use a steam iron, place a towel between the sole plate and the carpet to prevent "heat-shine" caused by pressing the hot sole plate onto carpeting that has a melting point.
Also, start with an area that is hidden or work from the back to be sure your trial and error time does not damage the carpet face.
Hope that helps.