Tag Archives: rug fringe cleaning

Details, details, details!

Hand-scrubbing the fringe

Hand-processing of oriental rugs is what makes the difference between O.K. results and great results!  This is a picture of my son Matthew, from about a year and half ago.  When I took this picture he was shorter than me – now he’s four inches taller!  I love the time he spends with me working on rugs!  Fringe oftentimes needs individualized attention, both as part of the main wash process, and as a last step in the final preparation of the rug.  Do not trust your rugs to someone who is going to “surface clean” with their regular carpet cleaning equipment – the results from that type of approach will always be disappointing.  Fringes should be clean, but not bleached!  The original color of the fringe should remain the same!  If you have any questions about your particular rug, we are always happy to visit with you about them.

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!