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A Hairdryer Might Make Your Carpet Fluffy Again

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Whether it’s from foot traffic or furniture, we’ve all noticed that carpet can flatten and dull over time. The trick to fixing it, though, might be right in your bathroom.

If you’ve got specific spots where your carpet or a rug has dented, flat fibers, using a hairdryer to fluff them might be the answer.

To use this trick, you’ll need a spray bottle of water and, duh, a hairdryer. Dampen the fibers with the water. Then, hold the hairdryer about two inches away from the damp area and dry, fluffing with your fingers as you do. Move the fibers back and forth as you dry—think of it as the same method you use when drying your hair—to create volume. If it’s not as successful as you’d like, try again.

For those with larger areas of flattened carpet or rugs, a deep clean is the trick. If, however, you can’t hire a professional to come in (though you can always rent a carpet cleaner from home improvement stores) a little baking soda might do the trick.

All you need to do is vacuum the carpet and sprinkle it with a mix of baking soda and salt. Once the area is covered, spray water over top and use a nylon bristle brush to scrub the fibers. Then, blot the excess moisture up with a towel and let the carpet air dry. Vacuum to remove any leftovers, and your carpets should look fluffy again.

The next time your carpet is looking a bit worse for wear, try these tricks, and if you’ve got stains alongside those flat fibers, we’ve got you covered with these tips.

[Via The Spruce]

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