One of the biggest worries when cleaning an area rug is rug dye bleeding. However, rug cleaning does not have to be hard. Here is more information about rug dye bleeding and how professionals can prevent it.
What is Rug Dye Bleeding?
Dye bleeding is when the colorants in your rug are exposed to liquid that causes the dye to leach out of the material. This can cause it to affect the colorants in other parts of your rug, distorting the pattern, colors, and overall appearance of your rug. This is an issue that occurs with rugs that were not conditioned to be colorfast, which means that the dyes used in your rug were not made resistant to running or fading. It can also be because additional dyes were added after the woven area rug was completed.
This can be exacerbated by inappropriate cleaning procedures or chemicals, especially if not done by a cleaning professional. Rug dye bleeding can occur with any color but happens more frequently with reds.
How Can An Area Rug Cleaning Professional Help Prevent Rug Dye Bleeding?
To begin with, it is important to contact an established professional who has experience in the type of service you are requesting. Before anyone starts cleaning a rug, it is important to do a patch dye test in order to figure out which cleaning technique and what cleaning solutions would work best for your particular type of rug and material.
It might seem like there isn’t much difference between application and solutions. However, choosing the right technique and solution isn’t just about getting it clean, it can also prevent your rug from being excessively damaged beyond repair.
One of the reasons why people choose not to work with cleaning professionals is to save costs. However, trying to save that few dollars might lead to irreparable damage that you have to spend even more to fix or replace that beautiful rug.
Does this mean that you should just wash your area rug as infrequently as possible? Regularly cleaning your rug is also important to keep it in tip top condition to also prevent dye bleeding, and build up of toxins, dirt, and allergens.
Maintain Your Beautiful Rugs With A Step Above Carpet and Flooring Care
Here at A Step Above Carpet and Flooring Care, our team of rug specialists are all specially trained to evaluate your rug and apply the best cleaning technique. From pre-spotting to fringe cleaning, and even complete submersion cleaning, our friendly staff will be able to help you with both onsite and offsite cleaning options to best suit your needs. To find out more about our services for area rugs, carpets and other forms of flooring, contact us today for more information.