How to Make Carpet Fluffy Again & Maintain it?

Jeff Berry

By Jeff Berry

Last Updated on July, 2024

There’s nothing sadder than coming home after a long day at work to a flat carpet that’s unpleasant to look at. 

Fluffy carpeting undoubtedly adds charm to a household, transforming your living space into a warm, cosy haven. The feeling of a fluffy carpet beneath your feet makes them popular choices for living rooms and bedrooms. 

However, despite their comfort and aesthetic appeal, a carpet’s fluffiness can wear off over time. The carpet fibres lose their softness, particularly around high-traffic areas where heavy furniture is present, and can trap dirt in between the soft bristles.

Don’t give up just yet! In this article, we’ll discuss the different ways to fluff up your carpet again, how to deep clean your carpet, how to maintain your carpet’s fluffiness, and so much more! 

Read on to discover how to keep your carpets fluffy and give them a brand-new look! 

Quick Summary

  • There are several methods for restoring a carpet’s fluffiness, including using heat, a carpet rake, the ice cube method, and vinegar and water.
  • Fluffy carpets are desirable for both their comfort and aesthetic appeal, but over time the fluffiness can wear off and the carpet can become dirty and flat.
  • Regular maintenance, such as vacuuming and preventing dents from heavy furniture, is necessary to maintain a carpet’s fluffiness. Professional carpet cleaning services can also be effective in restoring fluffiness.

Ways to Make Your Carpet Fluffy Again

a picture of a person vacuuming a fluffy carpet

There are a number of ways to restore a fluffy carpet and remove small dents made from heavy furniture. Here are some methods you can try: 

  • Apply heat (using a blow dryer, clothes iron and steam cleaner)
  • Use a carpet rake
  • The ice cube method
  • Use vinegar and water

Apply Heat

Heat is a great way to make your carpet fluffy again. You can try blow drying, ironing, or steam cleaning the flattened areas. 

Using a Blow Dryer

The blow dryer that you use to add volume to your hair can also help fluff up the carpet: 

  1. Use a spray bottle to lightly spray the flattened area with water. 
  2. Gently blow dry on medium to low heat approximately two inches from the carpet. Use your fingers to gently lift and separate the fibres while directing the hot air across the area. 
  3. Keep repeating until the matted areas are fluffy. 
  4. Complete the task by vacuuming the carpet. 

Using an Iron

Using an iron and towel can effectively revive your fluffy carpet used in larger, high-traffic areas. This is also called the damp cloth method. 

  1. Dampen a cotton bath towel with warm water and wring it out so it’s not dripping. 
  2. Lay the wet cloth over the matted, flattened section of the carpet. 
  3. Set the steam iron to medium heat and place it on the towel.
  4. Gently press it down and move in a circular motion for about a minute to allow the warm air to penetrate the fluff of your carpet. 
  5. Repeat this process on other affected areas and vacuum your entire carpet. 

Remember that you should never place your iron in direct contact with your carpet, as this will burn the carpet fibres. 

Using a Steam Cleaner

Steam cleaners effectively loosen dirt and debris embedded in fluffy carpets, making them easier to clean, and restoring fluffiness. 

  1. Using a spray bottle, spray the dented area with a vinegar solution of distilled white vinegar and water. 
  2. Place a towel over the affected area and gently iron in different directions for at least ten minutes. Do not iron directly onto the carpet to prevent accidentally burning it. 
  3. Vacuum and use a soft brush to keep your carpet fluffy. 

Carpet Rake

a picture of a person using a carpet rake

When using a carpet rake, choosing the right type for your carpet or rug is essential. For high-pile carpets, carpet rakes are ideal. 

Run the rake through the carpet fibres before vacuuming the entire carpet to help dislodge any dirt. You can use the rake again after vacuuming to restore the carpet’s fluff.

If you don’t have a carpet rake, you can also use: 

  • A stiff brush. 
  • A fork. 
  • Your own hands. 

The Ice Cube Method

As opposed to using heat, ice cubes can also be used on the areas dented by furniture to keep your carpet fluffy:

  1. Spread ice cubes evenly across the matted area. Ensure they are spaced out uniformly. 
  2. Let the ice melt completely, which may take a few hours. 
  3. Blot up any excess plain water with a cloth or towel. 
  4. Allow the area to air dry completely. 
  5. Use a rake or a brush to fluff up your carpet. 

Use Vinegar and Water

If you don’t have a steam cleaner, you can still use a water and vinegar solution to provide a thorough clean and to fluff up your carpet. 

  1. In a spray bottle, mix one part distilled white vinegar with three parts plain water. 
  2. Thoroughly vacuum the carpet. 
  3. Spray the solution onto the carpet until it is damp. 
  4. Let the solution sit for five minutes to break down the dirt. 
  5. Blot the solution and dirt away using a cloth. 
  6. Allow the carpet to air dry for a few hours and vacuum again to lift the fibres. 

You can also use baking soda and table salt to clean your carpet. 

(More on that in a bit). 

Preparing Your Carpet

Before you can try the above methods to fluff up your carpet, you must first give your carpet a thorough, deep clean. 

Consider these essential steps: 


a professional cleaner vacuuming carpet

To revive your carpet’s fluffiness, you must start and finish with vacuuming to remove dirt and debris that’s trapped between the fibres. Whether you use an iron or the ice cube approach to remove dents caused by furniture, vacuuming the carpet afterwards helps lift up the fibres. 

Selecting the right vacuum depends on your carpet’s materials. For sturdy, synthetic carpets, choose upright or canister vacuums with a beater bar to effectively loosen embedded dirt from the carpet. 

Clean With Baking Soda And Salt

This approach is similar to using water and vinegar to clean your carpet. It also leaves your carpet smelling fresh. 

  1. After vacuuming, sprinkle baking soda and table salt onto the carpet. 
  2. Next, spray water and use a nylon-bristled brush to blend the baking soda, salt, and water into the fibres. 
  3. Remove the loosened dirt by blotting it with towels. 
  4. Allow the carpet to air dry. 
  5. Vacuum to eliminate any leftover baking soda and salt and to fluff up your carpet. 

How to Maintain Your Fluffy Carpet?

Regular maintenance of your carpet is crucial if you want to preserve its fluffiness. Here are some approaches to ensure your carpet stays soft and fluffy every day. 

a picture of a fluffy carpet

Regular Cleaning

Regularly cleaning your carpet is an easy way to maintain its quality and fluffiness regardless of heavy foot traffic. Cleaning up spills and stains immediately instead of leaving it for later, can prolong the fluffiness of your carpet. 

Additionally, vacuuming your carpet at least once a week can effectively contribute to its upkeep. You can also schedule deep cleaning sessions with a professional carpet cleaning service once a year (more on that in a second). 

Preventive Measures

Maintaining your carpet’s fluffiness involves proactive measures to prevent it from being flattened. Here’s what you can do: 

  • Place doormats at entry points to minimise dirt tracking indoors, or ensure guests leave their shoes at the door to avoid heavy footwear flattening the carpet fibres. 
  • If you own pets, keeping them away from carpets and regularly grooming them to avoid shedding fur on your carpet as much as possible is advisable. 

Rotate Your Furniture

Large furniture like sofas and tables can make dents in your fluffy carpets, making them look uneven and ugly. 

Periodically shifting and rotating your furniture can help the carpet fibres fluff up again. You can also use furniture coasters to help spread the weight and reduce deep dents in carpets. 

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Should You Get Professional Help?

Professional carpet cleaning services can help restore your old rug or fluff up a recently purchased new carpet. They have state-of-the-art carpet cleaning methods that ensure your carpets regain their old fluffy look. 

Professional carpet cleaning services are particularly beneficial if you have wall-to-wall carpets, as this can be challenging to clean on your own. 



Keep in mind that lifting up the fibres of your rug by blow drying it or using a rake to keep it fluffy is not enough. Regular maintenance is crucial to preserving the fluffiness of your carpet. 

High foot traffic, heavy furniture, and dirt accumulation can be annoying factors that make your carpet flat, but with the proper preventive measures, you won’t have to worry about your carpet losing its fluffiness for a long time. 

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