Brand new carpet is fluffy and bouncy. It gives off the impression that it will never lose its shape. Unfortunately, as anyone who’s been in possession of older carpeting can tell you, any carpet will eventually become matted and dingy. Fortunately, dirty matted carpet does not necessarily need to be thrown out and replaced. Dirty matted carpet can be revived with just a little time and effort.
1. Vacuum Your Carpet
Before you can address the problem of matted carpet, you’ve got to get the carpet clean. Sprinkle baking soda all over your carpet, and let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Then thoroughly vacuum the carpet until all traces of baking soda, dirt, and other debris are long gone. This will remove any musty odors and allow you to begin with a clean pallet.
If you come across any old stains in this process, you can treat them using equal parts white vinegar and club soda. Pour this mixture on your stains, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then blot away as much liquid as you can. When the area is dry, use your vacuum to remove any leftover debris.
2. Place Ice Cubes on Deep Dents
If there are deep dents or creases in your carpet created by heavy furniture, you can fix these with ice cubes and a carpet brush. Set one ice cube in each dent and give is several hours to melt. When the ice cubes are gone, blot each location with a clean towel, until each spot is just damp. Then use your carpet brush to fluff up carpet fibers and remove dents.
To preserve the life of your carpet, heavy furniture pieces should be moved at least once a year.
3. Steam Matted Areas with an Iron
Identify which areas of your carpet have gotten matted. Matting is likely to occur under furniture, as well as in high traffic areas. Place a warm, damp towel over each matted area. Then take a clothing iron, set to medium, and carefully place it in each area, one at a time. Move the iron over the towel, using steam if possible. This will rehydrate and loosen the matted fibers. Then remove the towel and use a carpet brush to stand the fibers back up. On particularly stubborn areas, you can repeat this process more than once.
If just about your whole carpet is matted down, this process can take a while.
4. Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner
If you want to skip this headache altogether (or if the methods above don’t give you the results you seek) you can hire a professional carpet cleaner to come out to your home. This relatively low-cost service will revive dirty matted carpet, and leave your carpet looking new. As an added plus, some experts claim that hiring local carpet cleaners at least once a year can greatly extend the life and vitality of your carpet.
If it has been close to a year or longer since your last professional cleaning, consider making an appointment today.