How to Make Carpet Fluffy Again

This article comes from The Spruce.

How to Make Carpet Fluffy Again

Whether your carpet has long fibers for a shaggy look or the tightly looped fibers of a Berber rug, the fibers will eventually flatten over time. New carpet fibers have a resilience that keeps them elastic and springy so they bounce back underfoot. The loss of that resilience can be caused by excessive wear in high-traffic areas, dirt, grime, or the weight of the furniture.

Wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs are expensive and we want them to last. Here are tips on how to make carpet fluffy again and how to maintain its fluffiness for as long as possible.

How to Remove Carpet Dents Caused by Heavy Objects

If heavy furniture has left divots in your carpet, there are several methods for restoring the fluffiness of the carpet fibers.

1. Give the Fibers a Blow Out

Just as a blow dryer adds volume to your hair, it can do the same to carpet fibers. Dampen the dented area by spraying plain water on the fibers. Hold the blow dryer about two inches from the carpet and use your fingers to separate and fluff the fibers as you move the hot air back and forth. Repeat if needed and finish by vacuuming the carpet.

2. Dampen and Heat the Carpet Fibers

If the flattened area is large, it may be easier to use an iron to heat the fibers. Wet a cotton bath towel with water and wring until it is not dripping. Place the towel on the flattened area of the carpet.

Set a steam iron to medium-high heat. Place the iron on top of the wet towel and move the iron over the towel for about one minute to infuse the carpet fibers with moisture. Remove the towel and fluff the fibers with your fingers or a carpet rake. Repeat if necessary and vacuum the restored area.

3. Use an Ice Cube for Small Dents

Place one or two ice cubes in the carpet divot and allow them to melt. This may take an hour or so. When the carpet is fully wet, use your fingers to fluff the fibers. Repeat if needed and then vacuum.

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