How to Revive Matted / Old Carpet

Matted carpet can make your floors look old and dated and give the appearance that your carpet needs to be replaced. This can be embarrassing when you invite guests over and just plain frustrating. Here are some tricks you can use to try and revive those lifeless fibers.

With proper care, proactive, and preventative measures, your carpet can look fresh and be useful for its longest expected lifetime (as estimated by the manufacturer). Carpet matting is unsightly, but not uncommon. All that is needed is a little TLC to get those carpets looking fresh again. Another great idea to keep your carpets in their best condition is to employ the services of a professional carpet cleaner. We can even help you with those pesky matting problems if you are not sure about doing it yourself or just don’t have the time to handle the situation. We have helped several people in Lynnwood restore their carpets to look like they are nearly brand new again. For more information on professional carpet care in Lynnwood and surrounding areas please contact us any time.

Ice Cubes and a Stiff Brush

This is a good method for small areas of matted fibers especially those divots that your furniture creates after sitting in one spot for too long. To remove these unsightly dents after you have feng shui-ed your living room; grab an ice cube from the freezer and place it on the indentation. Leave the ice cube to melt, if you are short on time speed up the process with a hair dryer on a low heat setting. When the cube is melted and the dent is saturated with water grab the stiff brush and massage the fibers upward and back in place.

Damp Cloth and Iron

Sometimes there are larger areas of matting either from a well-loved place to hang out or an area prone to high foot traffic. To deal with pile that has seen a lot of use get a clean white cloth and the iron. Start out by moistening the clean cloth and placing it over the lack luster fibers. Make sure the cloth is merely damp not soaking wet. Place a hot but not too hot iron on the wet cloth for a few seconds. This should bring trampled fibers back to life.

Tip: If the cloth begins to dry out and you have a large or multiple matted area(s) go and get the cloth wet again. It is the combination of both the heat and moisture that brings the carpet back to life.

Note: Never let the bare iron touch the carpet there is high possibility of leaving burn marks behind.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Another home remedy for bringing tired fibers back to life is with baking soda and vinegar. An added bonus is the solution makes a great spot cleaner so not only will you fibers re-fluff they will be nice and clean. Begin by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda on the matted carpet. Work the powder in with a stiff brush being careful not to rub too hard. Be sure to fully saturate the carpet and work in multiple directions. Let the baking soda sit on the carpet over night and vacuum it up the next day. After vacuuming mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle then spray liberally on the carpet fibers. Use the stiff brush again to raise the pile and let the area dry.

Tip: it is best to apply the baking soda and vinegar separate from each other to avoid a foamy mess akin to a fourth grade science project. It won’t damage the floor but it is tougher to clean up.  

Preventative Measures:

  1. Regularly move furniture that sits on carpet even if it’s just a few inches to avoid indentations.
  2. Use rugs in high traffic areas to bear the brunt of foot traffic. A great place would be in a hallway.
  3. Purchase high-quality carpet with a dense pile. Don’t be afraid to ask a contractor, interior decorator, or person at the carpet store for advice on the best carpet for your lifestyle.

If you are having trouble bringing your carpet back to life we may be able to help. We have helped several homeowners in Edmonds revive dull and lifeless carpets. Sometimes a professional carpet can be just the thing your floors need to revive them. The best way to ensure your carpet stays in its best condition is to use the preventative measures above, vacuum routinely, and don’t skip out on yearly professional deep carpet cleanings. For help reviving your carpet make an appointment online or over the phone with All Kleen. We provide carpet cleaning in Edmonds and the surrounding areas.  

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  1. Ivy Rose on February 24, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Matted carpet is so unsightly! Thanks for the tips!

  2. John Rosenburg on March 7, 2018 at 1:56 am

    Super helpful as always. Thanks!