Carpet Cleaning Experts Explain Carpet Shedding

May 2, 2023 | Carpet Cleaning

Adorable beagle dog on carpet yawing. Baby on all fours in background.
It can be disheartening when your newly-purchased carpet starts to shed or when an older carpet begins to shed after years of use. You’re not alone in being concerned about shedding from your carpet. Our carpet cleaners 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 Does Carpet Shedding Become a Concern?

While some shedding is normal for new carpets, excessive or persistent shedding can indicate underlying issues with the fibers or quality of the carpet. If shedding continues or returns after the initial shedding period, it’s important to contact the manufacturer to address the problem.

Additionally, improper care and maintenance of the carpet can also contribute to shedding, so it’s essential to follow proper cleaning and care instructions to prevent shedding from becoming a long-term issue. Our expert carpet cleaners can provide helpful tips and insights to prevent and address shedding problems, keeping your carpets looking their best for years to come.

How to Prevent Shedding

Here are some tips for caring for your carpet to prevent shedding and protect its lifespan:

  • 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 at least 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 all at once.

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 carpets, 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 Clean Living Chem-Dry today by calling 415-897-5337.