Q&A: How do I raise the pile on Chinese rug?

January 13, 2013 by
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by johnnyvintage

Question by blue3gem: How do I raise the pile on Chinese rug?
I have a Chinese rug and the pile is flat. Is there any way I can improve it.

Best answer:

Answer by cawiggins78
1. Put some ice cubes in a bowl.
2. Place the ice cubes along the dented areas of carpeting or in the spot where a piece of furniture was set. Place cubes about 2 inches apart. (See Tips below. ALWAYS test first, and be especially cautious if you have wood floors under your carpeting.)
3. Let the ice cubes rest on the carpet for several hours or overnight, at least until cubes are completely melted.
4. Allow the carpet to dry completely.
5. Vacuum the carpet in the areas where you set the ice cubes.
6. Carpet fibers should now be returned to their normal upright position. If they’re still lying down, fluff them up with your finger tips.
7. Reapply ice cubes if needed.
8. Please read important TIPS below.


1. ALWAYS test this method first with one ice cube in an inconspicuous spot. Lift carpet corner to see that the water hasn’t damaged the under flooring.
2. Be CAREFUL if you have wood floors underneath! Test first to make sure moisture does not damage the wood!
3. DO NOT use this method on hand dyed rugs, antique carpets, delicate or valuable rugs, or on fibers not compatible with water cleaning.

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One Comment on Q&A: How do I raise the pile on Chinese rug?

  1. Southern Girl on Sun, 13th Jan 2013 8:50 am

    MANY years ago I worked for Harrahs Hotel/Casino
    WHEN the carpet went FLAT they had us RAKE the carpet with a leave rake. Sounds weird but it works. I have always vaccumed then RAKED mine with a plastic rake I keep for INhouse only use.

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