Carpet shedding can be a frustrating issue. But don’t worry, you’re not the only one dealing with it. The carpet cleaners here at Brooke’s Chem-Dry can shed light on the reasons behind shedding, especially in the first few months of a new carpet, and offer tips to prevent it from happening in the future.
Is Shedding Normal?
New carpets can shed fibers in the early stages, especially cut pile carpets with spun yarns, wool, and shag. Although this can be annoying, it won’t affect the long-term appearance or performance of the carpet. It should reduce over time and stop within a couple of months. However, if shedding continues or starts again, there may be an issue with the carpet fibers or quality, in which case it’s best to contact the manufacturer. Improper carpet care can also lead to shedding, so keep that in mind if you’re having issues.
How to Prevent Shedding
Follow these tips to care for your carpet and avoid shedding:
- Maintain a regular cleaning routine, be gentle during the cleaning, and avoid high settings on the cleaning machine.
- Vacuum with the grain of the carpet to minimize wear and tear.
- Use throw rugs in high-traffic areas to protect your carpet from premature shedding and extend its lifespan.
- Hire professional carpet cleaners twice a year to remove dirt and speed up the initial shedding process by removing loose fibers all at once.
By following these steps, you can help keep your carpet looking its best and prevent shedding from becoming a problem.
Rugs can also shed fibers, particularly during what is called the “shearing process,” or after wool and silk rugs are woven. These fibers can be removed through proper vacuuming and grooming with a beater brush or horse hair brush. If shedding persists, specialized rug cleaning services from a carpet cleaner can help lift away loose fibers and keep your rugs in great condition.