Do Some Carpets Shed and Fuzz?
Alan Fletcher - Carpet
Expert & Consumer Advocate
Loose Carpet Fibers? New Carpet Shedding?
carpets will shed and fuzz like crazy and unless you like vacuuming carpet fuzz,
you need to know exactly why this happens and how to avoid the carpet shedding
If you recently bought new carpet and are experiencing a ton of
carpet fuzz and shedding, then for you it is already too late.
The shedding will
eventually stop, but it could take weeks or even months before it does.
My New Carpet is Going Bald!
get lots of emails from unhappy carpet buyers. If you have already bought new
carpet and your carpet is now shedding and fuzzing like mad, then you probably
have no recourse with the carpet dealers or manufacturer. Your salesperson
probably didn't mention that your new carpet would shed like crazy after it was
installed so I understand why you are not a happy camper at this point.
of Full Vacuum Bags!
you will not enjoy vacuuming up all the loose carpet fibers, it will eventually
come to an end. It could take a few weeks or a few months depending on the
carpet you purchased and how often you vacuum. The good news is, a little
shedding will not hurt your carpet and it won't go completely bald. Your carpet
was designed to shed, or should I say, the manufacturer knows this will
happen and figure it into their design. You, on the other hand, had no idea this
would happen and now you are in a panic to find out why it is happening, what
you should do next and who's to blame!
Filament Fiber vs. Staple Fiber Construction
is a Continuous Filament fiber?
Carpets are made with a Continuous Filament fiber which is basically one
long never-ending strand of fiber. Carpets made with a Continuous Filament will
have either "CF", "BCF", (Bulked Continuous Filament) or
"CFN" (Continuous Filament Nylon) shown on the label pasted to the
backside of the carpet sample.
a Carpet made from a Continuous Filament fiber is very desirable mainly because it virtually
eliminates the shedding and fuzzing you typically get with carpets made from a
Dreaded "Staple Fiber"
made with Staple Fibers use short strands of fiber from 3-10 inches long.
These short strands of fiber are twisted together and then spun into longer
threads of yarn. Consumers who buy a carpet made from Staple Fibers are
often plagued with a continual need for vacuuming to try to keep up with the
seemingly unending amount of shedding and
fuzzing that can last for up to a year after installation.
often report filling up a vacuum bag every time they vacuum. This can be very
frustrating, not to mention time consuming. Pets and small children often inhale
or consume loose carpet fibers which cannot be a healthy thing to do. It can
also damage your vacuum if you allow the loose fibers to clog the wheels, beater
bar, motor and belt.
Remedies? It's the nature of the fiber....
retailers seldom take the time to educate consumers about the differences
between Continuous Filament and Staple Fibers and rarely address
the possibility of Staple Fiber carpets shedding for months on end. It's only
after the carpet is installed that consumers discover the shedding nightmare and
by then there is usually no remedy offered by the retailer or the manufacturer.
When the customer complains, The retailer typically tells the consumer that the
shedding will eventually stop and to be patient.
do they still make carpets that shed?
do they still use Staple Fibers today? Because it allows carpet
manufacturers more flexibility when creating new carpet styles. At least that's
what they say. I think it saves them money to use these short lengths of fibers
instead of recycling them. As with any product line, there are many different
grades and qualities. Your job is to know exactly what you are buying BEFORE you
agree to buy it. That's why I created this website and offer my free expert
all staple fibers continue to shed for months. It depends on the carpet style,
how well the carpet is constructed and the length of fibers used. The shorter
the fiber lengths used, the more prone to shedding the carpet will be.
Unfortunately there is no way to determine in advance how much a carpet will
shed. You can avoid the nightmare of excessive carpet shedding by selecting a
carpet made with a Continuous Filament fiber.
of Sneaky Labeling Tricks!
very careful what you read on the carpet label: Carpet samples will NOT usually
be marked as a "Staple Fiber" they will ONLY be marked as a Continuous
Filament fiber (CF, BCF, or CFN) to
prove it is made from a Continuous Filament fiber. If the label only says
"100% Nylon" Then you MUST assume it is NOT a Continuous
= continuous filament
= bulked continuous filament
= continuous filament nylon
To Care For Your Carpet
a well-known fact! How
well you care for your carpet will determine how long your new carpet will
last. You'll be amazed at what Carpet Manufacturers say you must do to keep your new
Carpet Warranty in force. Check out these important pages to learn more about how
to properly care for your new carpet, and what you need to do to be wise and
informed about proper Carpet
Care and Maintenance.