Area Rug Fading
Your oriental rugs are unique, beautiful and can last a lifetime but one thing they are not, is cheap. If you are an owner of an expensive textile, it is advisable to put a few safety measures in place. Measures that will help extend the life of your rug and keep rug fading to a minimum. Thats what will be discusses in this blog, how to precent your rug from damaging sun fade. Using some of these precautions and safety measures, you can protect your rug for years to come from possible sun fading.
The first thing to keep in mind is that ultraviolet light is the main contributing factor. The majority of the light spectrum can’t really damage your rug. So limit the rug’s exposure to UV. There are a few things you can do which will make a difference. For example, if you have sunlight coming into the room at certain angles, only the few sections of the rug that get exposed to the sunlight will get faded, resulting in a rug that looks inconsistent with some faded patches and some bright patches. When you rotate the rug, it gets evenly exposed so that the area rug fading is gradual and unnoticeable.
After many years of cleaning rug, we have come to think that sunlight may be a rug’s principal nemesis—even to be feared more than moth damage. Sunlight streaming through a window directly onto a rug is virtually guaranteed to harm it, whether morning or afternoon, southern or western sunlight. Naturally dyed rugs and synthetically dyed rugs suffer equally. Colors fade unevenly and wool and cotton dry out and become brittle.
Most damage is caused by light shining through a window, of course, but often rugs fade from sunlight streaming through a skylight. Sometimes people have no idea what’s happening because it happens over an extended period of time and comes from a place that is not thought to be a problem. Make sure to protect your fine textiles from UV light that may be emitting from a skylight, cover that skylight with a protective film. A special word of caution: don’t forget that if the sun is not coming directly through your window now, it may do so at a different time of the year when, for instance, the sun is lower in the southern sky.
Make sure to keep the curtains closed or a window film professionally applied (window tints can be applied to your windows which filter out harmful ultraviolet light This is the most effective and also the easiest thing you can do to keep your rug looking good longer. Rotating the rug frequently helps prevents extended exposure to the same harmful elements.
If your rug has already been damaged from sun fad, there is still hope that it can be improved. If the fading is merely on the very tips of the pile (and you can determine that by looking closely at it), then washing the rug professionally may help the problem by simply abrading the faded tips of the wool. More severe rug fading can sometimes be improved by professional clipping of the entire pile.
It can be very frustrating to one day notice you valuable oriental rug has begun to fad, however, it is inevitable that a carpet will start to fade once you put it in a place where it is going to be receiving natural light. Sunlight can lead to slow fading of the color of a carpet over time. It is not the only thing that can cause a carpet to fade, but it is the primary cause. Yet, there are certain things that you can do to minimize this occurrence.
The main thing to do to prevent the fading of your carpet is to limit sunlight exposure. The best bet is to purchase ultraviolet light blocking window treatments, which can help to prevent fading without you having to close your blinds in the daytime. Your local carpet store may have a fluorocarbon protector, which can help in this regard. These protectors will need to be reapplied from time to time, which you should keep in mind if you get one. If you have area rugs in some of the rooms of your house, what you can do is just pull your rug away from the windows so that the light does not shine directly on it.
Here are some cleaning tips you can use to your advantage:
1,The first thing you should do in this process is vacuum your carpet to take away any excess dirt.
2. Then, mix equal parts of hot water and salt in a bowl, and stir the mixture until the salt completely dissolves. Using a damp cloth, apply this mixture to your carpet, and cover your carpet with a light layer of it.
3. Let your carpet dry naturally, and then vacuum up the salt. This should actually restore some of your carpet’s color.
Fast reacting is a key component to help with sun fade, reacting immediately and allow as little time as possible to lapse. If you spill something, what you should do first is blot out the stain using a newspaper or paper towels. Rinse out the remaining parts of the stain with cool water, and then blot the liquid with towels. Also be sure to clean your carpet with a carpet cleaning product or a wet vac. Make sure to test the product on your carpet before something like this happens to make sure that it will not cause staining itself. You can also consider calling a professional carpet cleaner.
It is very likely that you do not want your carpet to fade. As such, the moment that you notice fading you should take action right away. There are many things you can do to prevent and alleviate the problem to keep your carpet looking its best.
If you are in need of sun fad correction or just a good cleaning of your area rug, then Oriental Rug Cleaning Facility can be your go to location for all types of diagnoses of your area rugs. Give us a call today for a free quote of your fine textile. We also have a 100% pet odor removal guarantee, so if you are dealing with a urine problem with your rug, no need to stress, we have the knowledge and techniques to extract those urine salts properly to have a freshly smelling rug again. Call today 813-344-5112