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.
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.
- Regularly move furniture that sits on carpet even if it’s just a few inches to avoid indentations.
- Use rugs in high traffic areas to bear the brunt of foot traffic. A great place would be in a hallway.
- 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.