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Carpet Cleaning Experts Explain Carpet Shedding

Nov 7, 2023 | Carpet Cleaning

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Whether you have brand-new carpet or carpeting that’s years old, you’ve probably noticed shedding at some point. This can be alarming, but our Delta Chem-Dry can help you understand why this may happen, especially in the first few months of a new carpet, and provide you with tips on how to prevent shedding from occurring in the future.

When is Carpet Shedding Normal?

It’s normal for newly-installed carpets to shed a bit in the first few months of their life, especially cut pile carpets with spun yarns, wool, and shag carpeting. While it may be frustrating to see fibers around your home, this initial shedding should not affect the long-term performance or appearance of your carpet. It should start to slow down and eventually stop after a couple of months of use.

If shedding persists or starts again later on, there may be an issue with the carpet fibers or the quality of the fibers. It’s important to contact the manufacturer to discuss this. In addition, improper care of the carpet can also contribute to shedding. Make sure to consider this as a potential factor if you’re concerned about ongoing shedding.

How to Prevent Shedding

We’ve compiled a list of some tips that our carpet cleaning technicians have found helpful in preventing shedding and protecting the lifespan of your carpet. 

  • Maintain a regular carpet cleaning routine and be gentle when performing it. Use a light touch and avoid using the highest setting on the cleaning machine.
  • Vacuum with the grain of the carpet to avoid excessive wear and tear.
  • Consider using a throw rug in areas of high traffic to extend the lifespan of the carpet and prevent premature shedding.
  • Hire professional carpet cleaners twice a year to remove deep-set dirt that can cause friction on delicate fibers. They can also help speed up the initial shedding process by removing loose fibers.

By following these steps, you can help keep your carpet looking its best and prevent shedding from becoming a problem.

How Shedding Affects Rugs

In addition to wall-to-wall carpet, rugs can also shed fibers. This is often a result of the shearing process that occurs after wool and silk rugs are woven. These loose fibers can be removed through careful vacuuming and grooming with a beater brush or horse hair brush. If shedding persists, specialized rug cleaning services from a carpet cleaner can lift away loose fibers and leave your rugs clean and ready for use.

 

Whether you have a new carpet that is shedding or an older carpet or rug that is starting to show signs of wear, our carpet cleaners can help. Get in touch with the carpet experts at Delta Chem-Dry in Santa Monica today by calling (818) 651-0707.

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