How to Stop Rugs from Shedding?
A million dollar question!
Countless hours searching for a dream rug to suit your home and lifestyle. And
then success — Perfection comes at just the right price. But when you get it
home, there’s a problem. The popular question is how to stop rugs from
shedding, which becomes very important for you. The rug sheds… sheds… and
sheds. Vacuuming and brushing just keep getting worse.
WHAT CAUSES A RUG TO SHED?
Sometimes, shedding happens briefly with a new rug and will stop within a
couple of months, after light vacuuming and normal wear. If your rug is still
shedding, then there are two main contributing factors: The material and the
Even among wool, it is not all the same quality. Sheep that are reared high in the
mountains have long hair, naturally rich with lanolin wool to keep them warm
and comfortable in high altitudes. Wool from these high-altitude sheep is used to
weave rugs of a very high, durable quality. Wool from the sheep in lower lands
tends to be coarser than their highland cousins and is of a lesser quality. If these
sheep are sheered too often and the wool is left short, in order to make the yarn
usable, adhesives will be added to bring these short wool pieces together. The
adhesive breaks down over time, and these little pieces begin to shed.
There are a number of different ways to stop rugs from shedding, and the
difference in quality comes down to whether a rug is:
- Made by hand, like hand-knotted and hand-woven
- Manufactured with modern techniques, like machine-made and hand-tufted
Hand-made rugs are crafted from techniques that give structural integrity to
pieces: hand-knotted rugs are made from hundreds of thousands, if not millions,
of threads knotted to the rug’s cotton or wool foundation. Hand-woven rugs are
made by repeatedly passing a warp through the carpet’s weft. These techniques
insure that every part of the rug is integral to the rug’s structure, and therefore,
less likely to come apart.
More modern techniques are more about assembling pieces than weaving
strong, durable rugs. For example, in hand-tufting, a tufting gun is used to shoot
fabric “tufts” through a plastic grid. These rugs need to be backed with a
polymer or glue to keep the tufts in place. Not only is the wool of lesser quality,
the backing material can deteriorate and both the backing and pile will begin to
shed. Machine-made rugs are made at incredible speed on a machine similar to
a newspaper ream, and usually from polymer-based materials to survive this
process. These synthetic materials breakdown as would other petroleum-based
When you combine lower quality material and purchase from people who don’t
know where the rug is sourced from, there are a lot more chances for your rug to
1. Lightly vacuum it regularly, going with the grain of the pile and not against
2. Make sure not to use a heavy beater bar or have the vacuum on the setting
closest to the ground
3. Use a high-quality rug pad under the rug to absorb shock and reduce further
damage to the pile
4.If possible, move it to a low-traffic area
Remember, artificial materials may have less shedding compared to natural ones.