How to Retuft Carpet Fibers

Updated February 21, 2017

You can mat carpet fibres down over time. This can make your carpet look old and worn. You can also mat your carpet when you place furniture in one area for a long time. This creates indentations that you need to remove when you move your furniture. Reviving your carpet is simple; you just need to retuft the carpet fibres. Retuft your carpet as often as needed in order to keep your carpet looking new and pristine.

Plug in your vacuum and turn it on.

Vacuum over your entire carpet. The brush roll will agitate the carpet fibres and will raise them. Vacuum the carpet in rows to give your carpet a uniform appearance.

Brush the areas around doors and floorboards with a densely bristled clean brush. If you do not have a vacuum, you can use a brush to retuft the entire carpet.

Spray water on the indentation so that the carpet is slightly wet.

Hold a coin vertically and rub it over the surface of the carpet. This will raise the carpet fibres.

Let the carpet air-dry completely.

Brush the carpet once it is dry to blend the indentation with the rest of the carpet.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Brush
  • Spray bottle
  • Coin
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.