Color Bleed on a Oriental Rug

Color Bleed on a Oriental Rug


This is a question we get all the time. The fact is rugs and carpet are like apples and oranges. Rugs that are hand woven or tufted are made with natural fibers such as wool, cotton & silk. These fibers only have a limited window on the pH scale. Most cleaning agents used with carpet cleaning are too aggressive and will damage natural fibers. Carpet cleaners for the most part don’t even know what fiber type your carpet is. They are just trained to pre-spray, steam & extract your carpet. On the other hand, rug cleaners show love & respect to natural fibers. The amount of knowledge needed is overwhelming for most carpet cleaners. There are some dare devil carpet cleaners out there that will clean your rug with their truck mounted machine. They think it’s ok but here’s the problem with that.

1. High heat will damage wool, cotton & silk. Have you ever seen someone that just got their hair fried at a salon? That’s what just happened to your rug.

2. Now days chemicals are double what they were five years ago. So many carpet cleaners are in search of cheaper solutions to clean with. The problem with that most of the time is the cheaper the chemical the higher in pH. For every notch up the pH scale. This  makes the chemical 10,000 times for reactive.  Can you imagine a carpet cleaner spraying on a solution 1 million times for reactive than it should be? Say good bye to your colorful friend!

3. Now comes an issue with colors. Most dyes in oriental & persian rugs are not stable. As soon as the water hits and starts to migrate so does the dyes. Maybe it will not happen so fast but as it dries you may notice color bleed on your rug.

The point of this blog is…Don’t fall victim to uneducated cleaners.

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