What causes matted carpet, and how do I fix it?

What causes matted carpet, and how do I fix it?

Carpet is a welcome feature in any home since it offers underfoot comfort and adds extra color and texture to a room. Hessler Floor Covering, which has showrooms in Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Naples, FL, offers a wide variety of the latest styles. We've been in business since 1951, so we're pros at advising on keeping this flooring looking its best!

Causes of matted carpet

When carpet is matted, fibers fold over each other, creating a flat look on the surface. An unsightly matted floor harbors extra dirt and debris, ruining a room's appearance. This soft surface flooring becomes matted for several reasons:

  • Wear from dirt accumulation over an extended period
  • Pressure from heavy furniture or electronics
  • Lack of regular cleaning and maintenance
  • The incorrect thickness of the padding
  • Heavy foot traffic


If matting is excessive and can?t be fixed, a new nylon carpet would serve you well since these fibers bounce back quickly after compression. But first, there are several methods for fluffing up these floors that you can try:

  • Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, wait 5 to 10 minutes, and vacuum thoroughly in rows and in one direction.
  • Use a carpeting rake, which loosens dirt and picks up pet hair, and vacuum thoroughly.
  • Apply ice cubes to the flattened spots (or a spritz of water), and after the ice melts, brush the fibers with your fingers and let them dry completely.
  • Place a damp towel on the carpet and run a hot iron over the towel.
  • Then, steam clean the floors or schedule a professional cleaning.

Let us be your go-to carpet store

Family-owned Hessler Floor Covering installs carpet in Punta Gorda, FL, and you'll also see our company trucks in Fort Myers, Naples, Estero, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs, and Cape Coral, too.

You can use our offer for a free flooring estimate when you shop at Hessler Floor Covering. Visit our carpet store today, at the most convenient location, to talk to one of our flooring specialists or to shop for new carpet flooring.