All About Rug Bleeding

Jul 18, 2023 | Area Rug Cleaning

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Preserving the beauty and value of your oriental rug is essential during the cleaning process. With their intricate patterns and delicate colors, it’s crucial to avoid damaging the rug. By utilizing proper care and precautions, you can ensure that your rug is thoroughly cleaned while maintaining its stunning design and vibrant colors. Don’t compromise the integrity of your oriental rug—trust in our attentive and specialized area rug cleaning methods to keep your rug looking its best.

Why Rug Bleeding Occurs 

There are several factors that can cause color bleeding during the process of oriental rug cleaning. These include:

  • Non-colorfast natural dyes: Oriental rugs made with traditional methods may utilize natural fibers and pigments, which can result in non-colorfast dyes. Water-soluble dyes are especially prone to bleeding during cleaning, and flooding techniques can exacerbate this issue.
  • Damaging cleaning methods: Dry cleaning and steam cleaning are not suitable for oriental rugs and can leave behind residue that causes dyes to bleed and damages the rug.
  • Excessive dye application: Overuse of dye during the coloring process can lead to the excess dye washing out during initial cleaning cycles, potentially contaminating surrounding areas if not properly stabilized or protected.
  • Alkaline substances and high heat exposure: Even if the dyes are colorfast or stabilized, exposure to high heat or alkaline substances commonly used in cleaning or stain removal processes can trigger dye bleeding and fading.
  • Pet accidents: Corrosive substances like pet urine, if not promptly and appropriately addressed, can cause dyes to bleed either before or during the cleaning process.

Color bleeding and fading of your oriental rug can be avoided if you take the necessary precautions. Here are some tips from our oriental area rug cleaners to minimize the risk of color bleeding and fading:

  • Minimize sunlight exposure: Protect your rug from direct sunlight to prevent UV rays from breaking down dye-fiber bonds, leading to fading. Avoid placing the rug in direct sunlight and opt for alternative drying methods if it gets wet.
  • Promptly address accidents: Act quickly to prevent staining and bleeding by blotting up liquid with white paper towels or a cloth. For thorough stain removal, contact a professional oriental rug cleaner to handle the task, as store-bought stain removers may bleach the rug, cause color bleeding, or damage delicate fibers.
  • Schedule regular professional cleaning: Maintain the vibrancy of your rug by scheduling annual cleaning appointments with our professional team. We will assess your rug and choose the appropriate cleaning method to preserve its integrity and prevent color bleeding.

If you’re looking for a team of area rug cleaning experts who will respect your rug and keep it in its best shape, give Temecula Valley Chem-Dry a call at (951) 200-1977 today! 

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