Oriental Rug Washing

Oriental Rug Washing

Oriental Rug Washing

Today we will take a look at a handmade carpet our pick up and delivery crew brought in for an oriental rug washing service. The problem was not with the way the rug was originally constructed but something that was done after. Take a close look at the top image. Does anything jump out to you? Any colors seem odd or unusual? Lets look a little closer with some other images.

First Observations

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The first thing I notice is just how awkward the purple border looks. From a color perspective, one color seems to just pop out at you, and it is the purple.

Lets take a closer look

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Lets take a little closer look at this dark color before we decide to start the oriental rug washing process.
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Even closer, do you see something a little strange. A little bit of purple in the wrong spot, or a little color hiding underneath?

Lets look at the rug foundation and backing

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Lets have a look at the back. One color seems to be absent from the foundation of the carpet. Along with some color bleeding on the front.
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Another angle where we see a distinct lack of purple on the back
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Here is another peek at the back, again you will notice the absence of purple

Lets test for dye stability

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Lets test how stable this new dye is…uh-oh, bleeds with just water contact.

Upon further inquiry with the client, there was no history of a rug dye job being done since she had owned the carpet, and this was the first cleaning it had ever seen. We informed the client that while cleaning the rug was possible, we had no control over how much dye would be lost during the process. We can control the bleeding so that further damage to other colors does not occur, but how much comes out and how evenly or unevenly is not something we can control, nor predict.

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