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How to Stop Your Wool Rugs from Shedding?

How to Stop Your Wool Rugs from Shedding?

Posted by Natural Area Rugs on Mar 20th 2021

Tired of your favorite wool rugs shedding all around?
Are you maintaining your wool rug properly?
Do you really know your rug?

Wool rugs naturally go through a shedding process but there are certain DIY tips and tricks to stop them from shedding. If you maintain your beautiful rug properly, you can increase your wool rug’s life and decrease the shedding considerably.

Why Wool Rugs Shed?

Shedding happens briefly when the rug is new and after a couple of months it should stop naturally. A few times of light vacuuming and normal wear do the trick. If your rug is still shedding after 1-2 months, there can be two main contributing factors. It's either because of the material or the technique that was used to make the wool rug.

How long should the shedding last?

Your wool rug should not shed forever! It may be more dramatic when you first purchase the rug Wool rugs take a couple of months time to settle down. So don't worry if the rug is shedding all-around right after you purchase it.

How Does the Made or Technique Effect Shedding?

Wool rugs can be made with different techniques and the made matters in the shedding and quality of the rugs.

Hand-Knotted and Hand-Woven:

Handmade rugs feature more structural integrity due to the craft involved. They can be either hand-woven or hand-knotted. Handwoven wool rugs are crafted in such a way that the weave ensures strength throughout. Therefore, they are less likely to shed. Hand-knotted rugs are made from woolen threads knotted to the rug’s cotton, jute, or wool foundation. This technique also ensures a strong build of the rugs.

Machine-Made and Hand-Tufted:

Handmade techniques are traditional and can take much time to make as compared to modern techniques that are more about assembling pieces. Two such most common modern techniques are ‘hand-tufted’ or ‘machine-made’. Hand-tufted rugs are assembled by hand but made using a tufting gun. The gun shoots wool fibers through a plastic grid backed with a polymer or glue to keep the tufts in place. While this technique saves time and does the job, the resulting structural integrity can't match that of the handmade. The threads may come off more easily and the rug needs more care.

Similarly, the more industrial approach is to make the rugs through machines completely. Machine-made rugs are made at an incredible speed, and usually from polymer-based materials to survive this process, rather than real wool. Synthetic wool fibers vary in their quality and the shedding will depend on it.

Tips to Prevent Shedding of Wool Rugs:

  • Rotate your area rug carpet every few months.
  • Clean and care for your wool rug regularly.
  • A light vacuum going with the grain of the pile works the best. Don't vacuum against the pile. Spot clean immediately in case of spills.
  • Use a high-quality rug pad under the rug to absorb shock and reduce further damage to the pile.
  • Let's face it! Natural wool fibers are suitable for low-traffic areas only. Wool rugs feel cozy for a reason.
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