Will My Rug Shed & How To Prevent It

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"Will this rug shed" - it's a question we are often asked, so our team have put together some useful information that will help to explain which rugs shed and why...as well as how to stop your rug from shedding.

Wool Rugs

Wool rugs will shed lightly for the first 3-6 months and will become low shed after this time. Shedding is a completely normal characteristic of wool rugs and does not indicate that a rug is poorly made or low quality. In fact, shedding is a natural process that will keep your new rug looking fresher for longer.

Rugs that are hand-knotted will shed less than hand-tufted wool rugs due to the manufacturing process.  A hand-tufted rug is made using a tool than shoots tufts of wool through the webbing of the rug. These tufts are then sheared to the same height and the underside is finished with a coat of latex glue and a canvas backing. The shearing process can leave thousands of tiny wool fibres in the pile which can take months to shed.

Flatweave rugs will shed less than pile rugs.

Jute Rugs

Jute rugs are made from natural plant-based fibres and are a widely popular, eco-friendly rug options. Jute rugs will shed lightly in the first few months and you will typically notice small pieces of debris under your rug that can be easily cleaned.

Synthetic Rugs

Synthetic rugs such as polypropylene, acrylic and polyester will shed very little, if at all. Viscose is the worst offender of synthetic rugs when it comes to shedding.

Polypropylene rugs are the easiest care options. One of the many benefits of polypropylene rugs is that they are non-shed and ideal for high traffic areas of the home.

How to combat shedding

There are a few simple tricks you can use to reduce rug shedding:

  • Vacuum regularly with the grain of the pile using the lowest possible setting. 
  • Do not use beater bars or rotating brush heads as this will agitate and damage the fibres.
  • Place your new rug in a low traffic area to begin with. Once the fibres have settled it can be moved to a high traffic area.
  • Rotate your rug regularly to promote even wear.
  • A rug pad will keep your rug in place and absorb some of the impact of foot traffic helping to reduce shedding.

If you have any questions we are here to help. Email us today!

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