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How to Avoid Dye Bleeding & Other Effects of Bad Area Rug Cleaning

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Aug 23, 2021 8:30:00 AM

If you have beautiful area rugs spread throughout your home or workplace, you may have tried DIY area rug cleaning.

Or perhaps you hired someone to clean them only to find that you now have a damaged rug.

One of the most common issues is dye bleeding and it can happen on area rugs when they’re not cared for correctly. 

 

Here’s what you need to know about the running colors and the importance of having your area rug cleaned by the pros.

What Causes Dye Bleeding?

The dyes can mix into one another, changing the colors, patterns, and overall look of your rugs. 

The problem starts with rugs that haven’t been made to be colorfast. 

Add incorrect area rug cleaning procedures and you’ve got running colors, invading each others’ spaces. 

You can probably guess the biggest culprit. Yep, red dyes. But to be fair, it can happen with any color.

Another reason your rugs might bleed is because additional color was added to the rug after it was woven. This extra dye will likely run when your rug is cleaned incorrectly, especially if the area rug cleaning isn’t done by a professional.

Why You Need Area Rug Cleaning Professionals

When you call in a cleaning company, you expect them to clean your rugs without causing damage. 

The problem comes when you call a company that doesn’t have the right experience. 

There are many different ways to clean an area rug, so a dye test should be performed to determine which cleaning solution will work best for each particular rug.

The importance of the right solution and the right application can’t be overstated. The wrong solution and/or wrong application can cause excess damage that’s not easily remedied.

 

Trying to save a few dollars by attempting area rug cleaning on your own may actually cause damage that cannot be repaired. This may lead you to have to keep a rug that now looks less than perfect, or you may have to buy a brand new one.

But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Regularly having your area rug cleaned is important so it stays in good condition, you don’t experience dye bleeding, and to prevent a build-up of dirt, allergens, and even toxins

The Bottom Line 

Your area rug cleaning should be completed by an experienced professional. A professional that has the knowledge and experience to use the right product and the right application to clean your rug without causing damage.

If you are looking for an experienced team to perform your area rug cleaning, Hammond Knoll can help. Contact us today to find out more about our area rug cleaning services.

Updated 8/2021

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