Patterned Wool Rug

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  1. Daniel Nailor

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    have been asked to clean a large wool rug, it’s heavily patterned and the dye does rub off a little.
    Should I clean with a low moisture method? Or a light mist of M Power and dry extraction?
     
  2. Ken Wainwright

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    Not enough information Daniel.

    A picture of the face and reverse sides would help
     
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    VLM if it just a maintenance clean if unsure, but stains could be a ploblem with VLM . Do a dye bleed test as well as crocking, how much is the rug worth and has it been cleaned before, it could be that the previous cleaner has ruined the rug already.
     
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    Not so straight forward with the information available Steve.

    The agitation of a CRB could cause damage to the yarn, hence the request for more information.
     
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    I didn’t have an opportunity to take a picture unfortunately.
    It has a hemp/string type back and is roughly 40 years old.
    It hasn’t been stored very well and is currently rolled up and dumped in a head in the garage.
    I just would like to clean it with minimal risk, it hasn’t been cleaned before (apparently).
     
  6. Ken Wainwright

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    I hope you appreciate then Daniel, that I can't advise about something when I don't know what it is. Here's some examples:

    Is it machine woven?
    Hand knotted?
    Tufted?
    Gun tufted?
    Pile?
    Flat weave?
    Reversible?
    Something to make a seasoned carpet cleaner shake at the knees, is it a Navajo rug?
    Etc. etc.

    You've mentioned the results of your crocking test. Was that dry or wet? Did you do a dye bleed test? To the face and reverse?

    Any signs of Abrash?

    The list of things to observe, check and note at survey goes on and on.

    I wish you well but I will not give advice about the unknown with such a large room for error factor.

    Safe and happy cleaning:smile:
    Ken
     
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    Even VLM can be enough to distort the colour so this is not a "safe" option!
    Ideally as Ken suggests, a lot more info is needed to be accurate.
    There are fairly simple ways of testing each colour for stability & rinse extraction cleaning it whilst stabilising the dyes
    This one also has a hemp/ jute backing, is 1.5" thick & the red & green bleed, gets rinsed every year
     

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    I appreciate your comments and will not proceed without further testing. If I’m in any doubt after that I will walk away from the job.
     
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    Good call Daniel:thumbup:
     
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