Plush carpet shedding


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Old 03-10-01, 10:42 AM
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The plush carpeting in our family room was installed over a year ago, yet each time we vacuum, we are still accumulating carpet fibers that end up being about as big as a softball. The carpeting is of relatively high quality, and is from a reputable manufacturer. I understand that shedding is normal for the first couple of months, but should this still be occurring after this long?
 
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Old 03-10-01, 02:34 PM
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There are 2 types of yarn used to make plush carpets...

Continuous filament... The better carpets are made with this, and it cost more per yard for the carpet. Excellent resistance from matting even with less twist on the yarn. Retains face weight for the life of the carpet.

Staple filament... Has the looks of continuous filament but sheds quite a bit, and is much cheaper because the yarns don't have the quality of a continuous filament yarn. They crush and mat down faster too. They loose there face weight rapidly. You get what you pay for.

Most price shoppers get staple filament because they don't see the difference until it has been installed and they are changing vacuum cleaner bags, every time they do vacuum, and the matting starts almost immediately. You get what you pay for. So don't always price shop, unless you plan on changing your carpets out every 5 years or so.
 
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Old 03-10-01, 10:53 PM
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Did you bother to take a moment to actually try and comprehend my post, or were you in a mad dash to tell my I bought crappy carpeting. This is not cheap carpeting, and it is from a quality manufacturer. We have sent a sample in for testing and they say no problem. They have sent out an independent inspector, and he says this is normal. I will admit that the carpeting is thick and lustrous, and shows no signs at all of wear. If we didn't have a bagless vacuum, we wouldn't even know there was shedding going on. I am just trying to find out if this is normal and if we will have a problem in the near future. Don't tell me I'm cheap. If you don't have an answer, just say so.
 
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Old 03-11-01, 06:33 AM
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I'll say it again.... Continuous filaments DON'T shed!!! Any salesman can make a cheap carpet expensive! There are exceptional sales people that will explain to you, the customer the difference because they are educated on the products they sell some are not. Then there are the ones that are out to make a quick buck and will sell the customer a product that won't work well in the enviroment it is going to be used. Same goes for the padding under the carpet. An uneducated salesperson will sell a padding that will make the warranty on your carpet null and void. The mark up they put on products is not set in stone.

I'm not saying you made a bad choice. I'm saying your sales person sold you what you wanted. He didn't take the time to educate you on the difference in yarns.

Ok I'll agree... It is normal for a Staple filament to shed and loose face weight.

You are obviously complaining about it, so that tells me you were not told the difference.

Are you mad because I told the truth and your salsman didn't?? I'm here to take your frustation out on and the sales person isn't. I'm very sorry the truth hurt so bad. Is there anything I can do to help remedy the frustration?? I'm always willing to help, and don't mind if you take it out on me, even though I had nothing to do with your carpet.
 
 

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