Carpet Pilling: Common Causes and Solutions

Carpet pilling is a condition directly related to carpet shedding. Sometimes the vacuum cleaner cannot keep up with the amount of fluff coming from the pile. The brushes are unable to completely pull the fuzz from the carpet pile. The fluff collects on the surface of the carpet. With walking, the fuzz rolls up into little balls called pills. Soon the carpet looks like an old sweater.

If the vacuum isn’t working properly to remove shedding, your carpet will pill. Check to make sure the belt is on correctly. Is the vacuum bag more than half full? Empty it. Is the brush set at the right height? Proper height adjustment allows the brushes to remove the fuzz without overly beating the pile.

If the vacuum is working efficiently and the carpet is pilling, call your retailer. He may need to call for a carpet inspector to determine the cause of the pilling. Sometimes an unused piece of scrap can be sent to a testing laboratory to see if it’s made correctly.

If the carpet is okay, the pills can be removed by shearing the carpet pile. Pilling usually affects only new carpet. Once sheared, the condition normally does not return.

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Who is Glenn Revere?

Glenn Revere has been a carpet expert since 1973. He’s a certified flooring inspector and the author of All About Carpets, the only book written to protect and inform you about your carpet choices, from carpet buying and carpet warranties to carpet care and maintenance. You can find him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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