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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!

Area Rug Cleaning – My Newest Toy

This somewhat modest, albeit expensive, piece of equipment is the newest “toy” I’ve added to my rug cleaning spa. Cleaning rugs is a very time intensive job when done correctly. Increasing production rates leads to shorter turn around times for the rugs we clean. That’s where this equipment comes in – it’s a 10 gallon per minute auto pump-out. That means the waste water generated during the cleaning process and the water generated while performing final extraction on your rug can be safely and quickly filtered and disposed of. No more slow and laborious dumping of waste water – yeahhhh!

You may be having one of two reactions right now:

1. This man has great passion for his work! or……..

2. This man has lost his mind, and leads a sad rug-centric life, devoid of the things that make “normal” people happy!

Either way, know that I’m as happy as a bug in a rug! Pun intended!

Rag Area Rug – Everything Bleeds!

To the lower right is a picture of a rag area rug we cleaned last week. In the picture it is safely on the drying platform, colors intact, no dye migration, no worries. Directly above it is a picture of the cotton rag we used to test the dye stability of the area rug. As you can see, the rug failed the dye stability test in fantastic fashion! Every color in the rug bled – almost instantaneously!

What to do when faced with this predicament? It’s a rag area rug, so it desperately needs a full immersion bath in the “rug spa”, yet it bleeds when in the presence of moisture. The answer is to treat it with a special chemical which helps to keep migrant dyes from fixing themselves on the surrounding fibers. This process effectively adds a day to the processing of the rug, but it allows us to wet wash area rugs that we otherwise couldn’t. Careful testing for dye stability is crucial for successful cleaning of tricky area rugs!