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How-To: Keep Your Wool Rug From Shedding

Wool rugs are beautiful and natural, so they're a wonderful addition to your home. But since wool comes from an animal that sheds itself, rug shedding is inevitable. But it's also not a major battle if you learn a few tricks to deal with the shedding.

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  • First of all, you should put your rug in a low-traffic area. People treading on it causes friction, which in turn causes it to shed its fibers. So a wool rug is better placed under a dining table than as a runner in a busy hallway or in a living room where you spend most of your time. To learn some other tricks to deal with shedding,

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  • You should vacuum your wool rug regularly. At some point, your rug will cease to shed, so if you vacuum it regularly you will expedite that, and you'll be removing the fibers as they shed — essentially forcing them to shed.
  • Furthermore, when you vacuum, you should use your vacuum's attachments. Wool rugs are sensitive, so this will prevent you from sucking the rug itself up into the vacuum.
  • As I mentioned, shedding is inevitable. But you can conceal your rug's fibers by purchasing a rug similar in color to your upholstered furniture. For instance, the shedding from a white wool rug will be very obvious on your navy blue sofa.
Join The Conversation
Row-D Row-D 7 years
My shag rug is either from West Elm, or CB2. But it's been 3 yrs and I am about to toss it out. It sheds to no end!
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
My West Elm rug sheds like a mad man too, Buzz! But I love it too much to not get rid of it. Blarg.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Thanks for this. My West Elm rug sheds like crazy, and it's already been over 2 years!
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