How to Restore a Trampled Carpet

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How to Restore a Trampled Carpet
Carpet pile flattens in heavily used walkways. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If your carpets look trampled or need some restoration, choose a reputable company if you decide to have the carpets steam cleaned. Carpet cleaning machines may be rented from home improvement and grocery stores, but a cheaper, alternative cleaning solution can be produced using basic household products. The homemade cleaning solution helps restore the carpet pile and is nontoxic and environmentally friendly. Clear away any furniture or other items from the carpet before cleaning.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft bristled pile brush

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  1. 1

    Sprinkle 2 cups baking soda on the carpet, and let it sit for around one hour. Baking soda is a natural cleaner and deodoriser.

  2. 2

    Vacuum the baking soda from the carpet.

  3. 3

    Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle. Vinegar is a natural cleaner that also deodorises the carpet.

  4. 4

    Spray the carpet with the vinegar solution. Do not saturate it; a light spray on the pile is sufficient. Allow the vinegar solution to sit for between five and 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Brush the carpet pile with a soft bristled brush. Move in slow sweeps in one direction so the pile stands up. The slightly damp pile will dry brushed upward and look revived.

  6. 6

    Allow the carpet to dry thoroughly before walking over it.

Tips and warnings

  • Ventilate the room while you brush for quicker drying time.
  • Do not brush the carpet too vigorously to avoid damaging the carpet fibres.

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