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How to Stop Wool Carpets From Shedding

A new wool rug can be a joy to look at once it is set up in your home, but after a few days or weeks you may notice some loose fibers coming to the surface. While there’s no preventing new wool carpets from shedding, there are ways you can care for your rug to ease the frustration of this normal process.

Even the finest wool rugs will shed for a while.

A new wool rug can be a joy to look at once it is set up in your home, but after a few days or weeks you may notice some loose fibers coming to the surface. While there’s no preventing new wool carpets from shedding, there are ways you can care for your rug to ease the frustration of this normal process. With proper treatment, your wool rug should stop shedding after three to four months.

    Place a nonskid carpet pad under your carpet to help cushion it
  1. Place a nonskid carpet pad under your carpet to help cushion it as family members walk over the rug. Walking on the rug will bring the loose fibers to the surface, but a pad can absorb some of the impact and not force fibers to release that aren’t already loose.

  2. Use a broom to comb over the rug to collect the loose fibers
  3. Comb over the rug lightly with a fine comb or broom to collect together and discard the loose fibers as you see them. Static should encourage the fibers to clump together, making them easy to see.

  4. Vacuum your wool rug weekly to remove and draw up loose fibers
  5. Vacuum your wool rug weekly or every other week to remove and draw up loose fibers. Use a brush attachment to help gently work the fibers to the surface and suck them up. Continue to vacuum regularly over time until you notice the shedding has stopped.

  6. Be sure to turn your wool rug by 180 degrees every six months to allow the rug to wear evenly and avoid uneven wear and tear
  7. Rotate your wool rug by 180 degrees every six months in high traffic areas, or every year for less frequently used rugs. This should allow the rug to wear evenly and avoid uneven wear and tear.

Tip

While you may be told to spray your rug with hair spray to stop the shedding, it will only trap the loose fibers in place temporarily. As the spray is worn away from foot traffic, the shedding will resume again, prolonging the shedding experience of a new wool carpet.

Warning

Avoid vacuuming the fringe area of your rug when you clean it. If your rug is in an average- to high-traffic area of the home and is still shedding heavily six months after purchase, consult the manufacturer as the quality of the rug may be the real issue.

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