We hadn't, that is until we discovered that our practically-new-1-year old carpet was a bit matted in places when we embarked upon our Master Bedroom Remodel. Once we removed the furniture from that room, we realized that there was a clear and definite path showing in the carpet high-traffic areas around where the bed was placed. This happened because of the constant walking over certain areas of the carpet (many times with slightly damp feet from just emerging from the shower), and of course the pooch's fur didn't help, either.
We were incredibly dismayed to discover this problem, and started worrying and fretting that we would have to replace the still-new carpet in the bedroom because of this unfortunate reveal. However, we stopped fretting enough to jump on the internet (oh internet, how did we ever live without you?). A few online searches later, and we found out what we needed to prolong the life of our carpet and return it to it's like-new condition: a carpet rake.
What is a carpet rake?
A carpet rake is a tool with a long handle and little plastic teeth on one end. There are several ways to use it:
- You can rake your carpet before vacuuming, to loosen debris and fibers for better vacuuming results.
- You can rake your carpet after vacuuming, to pull up matted carpet and give your carpet that "like new" look and feel.
- Or you can rake your carpet before a deep cleaning to restore it to it's previous glory.
Check out the rake in action:
Can you see the difference, man?!
How to Use a Carpet Rake
Some perusing around online found that there are two ways to use it:
Push-Pull Method: This involves pushing the rake forward and dragging it back, usually making a criss-cross type pattern in the carpet that simulates vacuum marks (apparently some folks even do in instead of vacuuming sometimes).
Pull Method: The method we use, which is similar in motion to raking leaves outside. Just pull towards you, in the opposite direction of the carpet pile. This creates a uniform look throughout the carpet, and gives it that "like new" look.
Other Uses and Warnings
Carpet rakes have other uses, as well. If your rug is getting fringed on the edges, a carpet rake will straighten it out and give it a newer appearance.
However, carpet rakes aren't for every carpet or rug. Never use a carpet rake on a berber or woven carpet, because the carpet rake can pull out the fibers - eek! Carpet rakes are for plush, cut-pile carpets - just your regular ole' everyday carpet, really.
Where did we find one?
Surprisingly (or not-so-surprisingly), you can find carpet rakes anywhere online! We found lots of them ranging in all sorts of styles online (click here for them on Amazon), but many of them had not-so-great reviews, mostly because the thin bristles would break off after a couple uses. We decided to call some big stores in town to see if they carried any (and what kind), but we didn't have any luck. After lots of searching online, however, we were able to locate a small janitor store in town that carried the Grandi Groom (we believe, anyways) rake for $35.
Score! And since this rake would certainly prolong the life of our carpets, help us clean them and shampoo them and keep them looking and feeling nice for years to come, we figured the initial investment was worth it.
And call us crazy, but we actually have fun using it! It's easier to tote around than the vacuum - although we are still so in love with our Dyson Ball vacuum (read our review of it here), but we get a bit of cleaning OCD satisfaction when we rake our carpet and make it look and feel brand-new again. What can we say? There's just something oddly soothing about it.
What do you do to keep your carpet or rugs lookin' their best? Anyone else as hooked on this carpet raking business as we are? Have you even ever heard of such a thing? Or are you just laughing at this crazy couple going on and on about carpet rakes right now?
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