The Importance of Testing For Dye Transfer!

Wool Rug That Bled
A Gabbeh with urine damage that bled.

This beautiful rug came to me with heavy dog urine deposits.  It’s hard to see in the picture but there were literally dozens of separate deposits.  When I tested the rug for possible dye transfer, also known as bleeding, everything tested out fine until I got to the reds.  The red dye bled on contact!  It was immediate!  This always presents us with a conundrum.  A rug with any kind of instant dye transfer is a rug you generally don’t want to get real wet, for obvious reasons!  But this rug had to washed! It was, after all, full of pee.  We decided to treat it with a dye-set product and then move forward with a full wash.  The rug cleaned up beautifully with no dye transfer of any kind.  This really highlights the importance of testing every color in a rug before it’s cleaned.  Getting lazy about this just once can cause very real damage.  At Pro Care Cleaning we test every rug that comes into our shop.  Not only every rug, but every color in that rug! That way the only surprises we encounter are of the pleasant variety!

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