How can I raise the nap on matted down carpet. I raked the hell out of it before and after the cleaning, however it still does not come up as expected. I know some you have a machine but I do not. Any other suggestions.
What kind of carpet groomer/ rake do you have? If you don't have a mechanical machine to help how about the hard plastic bristle grandi groomer... by the way I don't care for this kind of groomer but it is aggressive on stubborn fibers. Hope this helps.peace
Chances are it's just extremely worn and really needs to be replaced. I tell customers when I see heavy wear that you can't make a fiber stand up if it isn't there. I recently did an inspection for a client who ask my opinion about a particular room in a house. When I got there and he showed me the room it was extremely worn as well as dirty. I told him I thought I could get it pretty clean, but the wear would still be there. I estimated that in the main walk areas there was at least 50% of the carpet fibers were gone and I do mean gone as in not there any more. I also estimated that carpet to easily be somewhere between 20 to 30 years old and probably closer to 30. If you do your best to clean a carpet and it still looks kind of flat although it's clean then it's shot, period, and they either have to live with it or replace it. Make sure the customer owns up to the blame for something like that and not you. Occasionally a very matted carpet will spring back after cleaning, but that is because you removed the oils and soils that caused it to mat down, but the fibers were still there enough to spring back up. You can't always tell on preinspection, but most of the time you can. No amount of raking or agitation of any kind will lift up some carpets.
Wear. Traffic lanes are just that (areas that receive the most foot traffic.) Carpet fibers in these areas tend to flatten over time, and there is actually a reduction in the amount of face fiber compared to the non-traffic areas. When this happens, there is nothing you can do to "fluff up" the carpet fiber. It will always appear flat and sometimes soiled. You can try to use a machine to "fluff" the nap but as soon as they start walking on the area again it will return to its previous state of "flat".
grey brushes for normal cleaning and pile lifting as well as dirt, hair, etc that vacuuming leaves behind.
Blue brushes for a aggressive pile lifting when the pile is visibly matted....again hair, dirt, etc will come out.
Green brushes is very agressive and used when possibly in your situation when the carpet is definitely in need of replacement.
At this stage, it won't hurt anything to give it a good swipe with the green brushes. You might be amazed at how the fiber stands up with these brushes.
Warning: Blue, green and even yellow brushes are to be used in extreme cases, anything less then this, will result in fiber damage. Also, if the carpet is in serious need of stretching, damage can occur. Then again, why attempt correction if it's so bad that even your dog will not lay on it.