Cleaning rug fringes on Oriental and area rugs is an important part of the cleaning process in our rug cleaning plant. The cleaning itself is a complicated and intricate process. Cleaning rug fringes properly is a major concern during this process.
Rug fringes are prone to some deterioration with normal use due to the fiber content of the fringes (usually cotton), their loose or low twist, and their open ends. These characteristics make rug fringes susceptible to deterioration such as untwisting, texture loss and fraying during normal use such as vacuuming, walking, etc.
Reasons for Changes in Color When Cleaning Rug Fringes
There are additional reasons why fringes may require special treatments during or after cleaning.
The first reason is cellulosic browning. Rug fringes are mostly made of cotton, a cellulosic fiber, which undergoes natural changes with time. These changes may lead to the development of a brown stain or discoloration called cellulosic browning.
The second reason is the possible change in the color of the fringes during cleaning. This form of color change often occurs as fugitive dyes from the wet rug are being absorbed by the fringes.
2 Methods for Cleaning Rug Fringes Involving Re-cleaning Problematic Ones
The first approach is re-cleaning the fringes by hand, with or without mild acid, rinsing and rapid drying with a blower. This treatment does not weaken the fringes but may leave them off-white or slightly discolored. If browning or color bleeding is severe, it may not be eliminated by this approach.
The second, a stronger treatment, involves bleaching with or without rinsing, and rapid drying. This approach will result in white fringes but may also cause some physical deterioration of the fringes. This deterioration is generally manifested in their strength loss, fiber loss and/or 'stringy' texture and they may break off during subsequent vacuuming and wear.
The choice of procedures best suited for a particular rug comes from knowledge and experience.
Excessive wear on white fringes will usually show up as a dark grey color on areas of the fringes. This discoloration cannot be ameliorated since it is not a color at all but distortion of the fibers of the fringes.
Color Loss on Fringes That Have Been Tea-Washed
Tea-washing or gold washing is a procedure that is used to give a rug, usually of lesser quality, the look of an antique or older rug. Unfortunately, the tea-wash is not color-fast and some of it will bleed out of the rug during the cleaning process or when cleaning rug fringes. The end result can be a mottled appearance on the rug and/or the fringes. This is not a problem with the cleaning, but a natural loss of color from the tea-washing procedure.
ABC's Repair Technicians Can Replace Your Old Worn Rug Fringes!
Eventually, all rug fringes will wear out from normal use and care. We can renew the appearance of your rug by replacing or re-fringing the old, worn rug fringes. All rugs coming into our plant are checked for possible repair needs. Our repair specialists will be happy to give you an estimate if you desire.
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