Understanding Carpet Shedding and How to Address It

Jun 12, 2023 | Carpet Cleaning

Understanding Carpet Shedding and How to Address It

Carpet shedding can be worrisome, whether you have a recently purchased carpet or an older one that has been in use for some time. Our carpet cleaning experts can help you understand why this might happen, particularly during the initial months of a new carpet, and provide advice on how to avoid shedding in the future.

When is Carpet Shedding Normal?

Newly-installed carpets, especially cut pile carpets with spun yarns, wool, and shag carpeting, may experience minor shedding during the first few months. Although it can be frustrating to find fibers throughout your home, this initial shedding should not affect your carpet’s long-term performance or appearance. The shedding should gradually diminish and eventually stop after a couple of months.

If shedding persists or reoccurs later, there may be an issue with the carpet fibers or their quality. In such instances, reaching out to the manufacturer is essential. Furthermore, improper carpet care can also lead to shedding, so consider this as a possible factor if you’re facing ongoing problems.

How to Avoid Carpet Shedding

To extend your carpet’s life and prevent shedding, adhere to these care tips:

  1. Develop a consistent carpet cleaning routine and be gentle while performing it. Refrain from using the highest setting on the vacuum machine and apply a light touch.
  2. Vacuum in the direction of the carpet grain to reduce wear and tear.
  3. Place a throw rug in high-traffic areas to prolong the carpet’s life and prevent premature shedding.
  4. Use professional carpet cleaners at least twice a year to eliminate deep-set dirt that can cause friction on delicate fibers. They can also expedite the initial shedding process by removing loose fibers all at once.

By following these guidelines, you can preserve your carpet’s appearance and avoid shedding issues.

Shedding in Rugs

In addition to wall-to-wall carpets, shedding can also impact rugs. This often occurs due to the shearing process that happens after wool and silk rugs are woven. Gentle vacuuming and grooming with a beater brush or horsehair brush can eliminate these loose fibers. If shedding continues, specialized rug cleaning services from a carpet cleaner can extract loose fibers, leaving your rugs clean and ready for use.

Whether you’re experiencing shedding in a new carpet or an older one, our carpet cleaners can assist. Get in touch with the carpet specialists at Chem-Dry of North County today by calling (760) 741-9110.


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