How to Stop Rugs from Shedding

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 

make.


MATERIAL


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.



MAKE


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 

materials.


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

shed.


1. Lightly vacuum it regularly, going with the grain of the pile and not against 

it


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.