Carpet Shedding: What is Considered Normal?
It’s completely normal for newly-installed carpets to experience shedding in the first few months of their life, especially cut pile carpets with spun yarns, wool, and shag carpeting. While it can be frustrating to find fibers around your home, this initial shedding should not have any long-term impact on your carpet’s performance or appearance. The shedding should gradually decrease and eventually cease after a couple of months of regular use.
If shedding persists or begins again at a later time, it may indicate an issue with the carpet fibers or their quality. In such cases, it’s important to reach out to the manufacturer for further discussion. Additionally, improper carpet care can contribute to shedding, so it’s worth considering this as a potential factor if you’re concerned about ongoing shedding problems.
Tips to Prevent Shedding:
- Maintain a regular carpet cleaning routine, using a light touch and avoiding the highest setting on the cleaning machine.
- Vacuum with the direction of the carpet’s grain to minimize wear and tear.
- Consider using a throw rug in high-traffic areas to extend the carpet’s lifespan and prevent premature shedding.
- Hire professional carpet cleaners at least twice a year to remove deeply-embedded 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 steps, you can ensure that your carpet remains in excellent condition, preventing shedding from becoming a major issue.
Shedding in Rugs:
In addition to wall-to-wall carpet, rugs can also experience shedding due to the shearing process that occurs after weaving wool and silk rugs. These loose fibers can be effectively removed through careful vacuuming and grooming with a beater brush or horsehair brush. If shedding persists, specialized rug cleaning services offered by professional carpet cleaners can effectively eliminate loose fibers, leaving your rugs clean and ready for use.
If you’re dealing with a new carpet that’s shedding or an older one showing signs of wear, our carpet cleaners at Chem-Dry of Annapolis are here to assist you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our carpet experts by calling (410) 255-8200.