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How to Get Fuzz Out of New Carpets

Robert Morello

New carpeting is prone to shedding fuzzy puffs of material. The fuzz is the byproduct of the manufacturing process and consists of loose carpet materials that are expected to release over time as the carpet wears in. Fuzz is far more prevalent in staple-fiber than continuous-filament carpets.

New carpets can produce fuzz, which must be removed.

Since new carpet is meant to last well into the future, you must take precautions when removing fuzz. The fuzz removal process requires a few basic housecleaning tools and a clear-cut method.

  1. Vacuum up any loose fuzz from the carpet. Use only a suction attachment to remove carpet fuzz, as a brush or other rotating attachment will cause further fuzz to develop.

  2. Use your scissors to cut away any fuzz not removed by vacuuming. Carefully clip at carpet height and remove only the portions of the carpet that extend above that level. Vacuum the area again to remove the clippings as well as any fuzz that may have become loosened by the cutting procedure.

  3. Continue to monitor your carpet surface for new signs of fuzz. When fuzz appears, first vacuum, then clip, then vacuum again. Repeat this process as needed to remove your carpet fuzz. Depending on the type of carpet you have, fuzz will continue to appear on your newly installed carpet for a period ranging from a few weeks to a few months. Keeping on top of the situation is the best way to eliminate the problem.

  4. Tip

    The more powerful the vacuum, the better it is at pulling fuzz out from between carpet fibers.


    Use caution when working with potentially dangerous tools such as scissors.