Do Carpets Shed and Fuzz?
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer
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.
Help! My New Carpet is Going Bald!
your vacuum bag full of carpet fuzz? I get lots of emails from unhappy carpet
buyers who complain about carpet shedding. 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.
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 do this, 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?
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 carpet sample label.
Continuous Filament fiber is very desirable mainly because it
virtually eliminates the shedding and fuzzing you typically get with a
carpet made from a Staple Fiber.
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 with staple fibers
are often plagued with continual vacuuming to try to keep up with the shedding
and fuzzing 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 or reduce the power of your vacuum if you allow the loose fibers to
clog the wheels, beater bar and belt.
Remedies? It's the nature of the fiber....
salespeople seldom take the time to educate or inform consumers about the
Filament and Staple Fibers and rarely address the possibility
of carpets made with a staple fiber shedding for weeks or months. It's only
after the carpet is installed that the homeowner will discover the shedding
nightmare. There is rarely a remedy offered by the retailer or the manufacturer
for this problem. When the customer complains, the retailer typically tells the
consumer that the shedding will eventually stop and to be patient. This is
true, but it often takes up to a year for the shedding or fuzzing to subside.
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 also 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 free carpet information to consumers.
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 for you 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
very careful what you read on the carpet label: Carpet samples will NOT usually
be marked "Staple Fiber" they will ONLY be marked CF, BCF, or CFN to
prove it is made from a continuous filament fiber. If the carpet label says
"100% Nylon" Then you MUST assume it is NOT a continuous filament
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carpet, find out who or what may be responsible and what you can do to fix the
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