Do Carpets Shed and Fuzz?
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer
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 nightmare!
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!
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
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
While 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
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. Learn
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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....
salespeople seldom take the time to educate or inform consumers about the differences between
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
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
Not 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
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 fiber.
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