A matted carpet not only looks messy, but it may be bearing extra dust, dirt and debris that shouldn’t be on your carpet. Do not worry, we simply need a bit of moisture, a clothes iron or a carpet rake among others to re-fluff your carpet.
Before we proceed on re-fluffing your carpet, you need to vacuum it thoroughly. This will remove loose dirt like pet dander and dust. This also helps re-fluff your carpet back up a bit, making it easier to notice which areas will need more attention to re-fluff.
Below are some ways on how to re-fluff a matted carpet.
Use carpet rake or brush.
This helps to refresh a carpet that looks old, matted down and unkempt. Use a carpet rake for carpets with long or tall nap, such as the traditional shag carpet. While a carpet brush can be used for short napped floor coverings. Run the carpet rake or brush through the carpet to help free up the debris and remove pet hair. Then vacuum it again to fluff the carpet up. Then rake or comb the entire carpet for it to be re-fluffed. To save time, focus on areas where the cause of the matting is from high traffic.
Using the moisture method
Using ice cube or spray of water can help re-fluff carpet fibers that are much more matted than the surrounding fibers. Put an ice cube on a small dent that’s caused by a chair leg. As the ice cube melts, run a stiff nylon brush to the area to straighten the carpet fibers. For larger areas, spray lukewarm water onto the fibers. Just be careful not to soak through the floor. Then run the carpet using a nylon brush to straighten the carpet fibers. You may also use your fingers or even the edge of a spoon bowl.
Using water-based DIY carpet cleaners can also be used on this technique as well. Mixing equal parts of water and vinegar instead of water only also helps revitalize the fibers and also removes inherent odors.
This is where you will use a cloth iron and works really well for areas that has very high foot traffic. Wet a white, lint free cloth, wringing out excess moisture. Turn on the clothes iron and select medium heat setting. Place the cloth on top of the matted area. Then iron the cloth gently to fluff up the matted carpet fibers. You may need to use large lint free cotton towel for re-fluffing large areas. Just be aware that you may need to moisten the cloth or towel again if you are indeed working in a large area. If the carpet fibers still look a bit matted then run your fingers or use a clean nylon-bristled brush such as nail brush through them.
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