Nowadays, it is common to find over-dyed carpets and rugs in Australian homes. It is becoming trendy because one can change the colour of their carpet cheaply. An over-dyed rug will undergo two treatments. The first phase involves stripping down the original colour using chemicals. The second step consists of the application of a vibrant-coloured dye that will make the carpet look like it has been painted using different tones of a single colour. However, one primary concern with over-dyed rugs is the uncertainty whether the newly added dye will run during clearing or not. While it is impossible for carpet cleaners to know the answer to this question, some tips can be put to use to minimise the risk of colour run during cleaning of rugs
Inspect Fibres -- The state of rag fibres gives a clear indication of its condition; therefore, the first step is to inspect the strands for fragility. If threads break at the slightest scratch, then it is an indication that the fibres are worn. Additionally, if you notice that the rag's cotton warps are visible, then the chances are that the carpet will release colour considerably on its first wash. It is vital to insect fibres before using any detergence on a rug. If you do not assess the state of textures, then a client might think that you damaged their carpet using harsh cleaning chemicals. One characteristic with over-dyed rags, whether old or new, is that the fibres tend to have a strong chemical smell. Most importantly, do not wash such a rug before informing the client of your findings.
Test Dye Stability -- Testing the stability of a dye before a cleaning process begins is another way to avoid damage. For this test, press a damp towel on a rag. If a colour crocks easily, then the chances are that it is an ink-based dye. It is an almost impossible task to clean an ink-dyed carpet while trying to maintain the original colour. Even if you use stabilisers or dry cleaning agents, ink dyes still run quickly.
Inspect for Pet Urine -- Over exposing an over-dyed carpet to pet, urine increases the alkalinity levels of particular spots on the rug thereby bleeding them of their colour. During cleaning, these spots discharge colour faster than other places on the rag thus returning the carpet to its previously distressed colour tone. Therefore, it is essential to inspect an over-dyed rug for pet urine before cleaning it.
For more information on carpet dyeing, contact a local cleaning service.