Carpet is one of the most popular floorings for homes in the UK, particularly in rooms where we want to feel cosy like our bedrooms and living rooms. It can stand the test of time thanks to its strong fibres and bright colours, but it’s no secret that after a long time of having heavy furniture on top of it or being in a busy area, carpet pile can begin to look rather flat.
If your carpet is beginning to look a little flat and you’re unsure of how to bring it back to life again, then this is the perfect guide for you. We’ll take you through the different ways in which your carpet pile can be flattened, and then how to lift a carpet to make it look good as new. We’ll also have some preventative tips to ensure you don’t need to lift your carpet pile as regularly.
Going back to basics, the pile of your carpet are the loops that make up your carpet. The loops can affect the look, feel, and thickness of your carpet, and come in several different styles. There are loop pile carpets, woven carpets, and Saxony or twist carpets too. Each of these piles is made in a unique way to give a different look and feel to the carpet.
They also have different densities and resistance levels, meaning that some are much more hardwearing, without having to regularly lift the carpet pile. For example, loop pile carpets are particularly dense and great for busy areas as they bounce back easily, while velvet carpets have a sheared surface pile, which can shade easily when walked over or even vacuumed! Velvet carpets are very luxurious, but best kept to quieter rooms.
However, it won’t matter how dense the pile of your carpet is – over time, it will begin to flatten, and we’d much rather have fluffy, springy carpets in our homes! So, there’s no better time than the present to learn how to lift a carpet to give it a new lease of life.
There are some basic ways to lift the pile of your carpet:
Here’s a more in-depth look at how to use these tactics on different problem areas.
The previous methods are great for small areas of carpet, but you don’t want to iron your entire living room or bedroom carpet. If you have an entire carpet to rejuvenate, try this overnight method:
Now that you’ve gone through the stages of lifting your carpet pile, you’d probably like to ensure you don’t have to lift your carpet pile again for a while! Here are some top tips for keeping your carpet pile looking luscious and lively:
Check out our guide on cleaning a carpet for more helpful tips on how to look after your carpets and keep them in tip-top-Tapi condition. If you’d like to speak to one of our Floorologists about your carpet, then why not pop down to your local Tapi store.