Rugs are generally crafted from an intricate interlacing of vibrant dyes. When these bold and ravishing tones run into one another, the resulting confusion of colour can destroy the otherwise exemplary effect of the carpet. However, we can not only prevent this from happening during our own cleansing processes, but can also eliminate many of the effects of previous misconceived washes.
Rugs rely on a delicate acidic salt bond (the setting process) to hold the dye and fibres together. Where the rug is washed with alkaline water, this can dissolve the bond, causing the dye to bleed or run. We’ll always be careful to use a water solution that doesn’t break down the bond. Where the rug already has high alkalinity, we can stabilise the bond, making sure that no further bleed occurs.
There are other reasons for colours running. This can happen, for example, where excess dye wasn’t removed through proper rinsing – this is particularly common in rugs manufactured in a location where water is a scarce commodity. Alternatively, colour may transfer through rubbing, or as a result of the dyes not being colourfast. Whatever the cause, we’ll conduct very careful tests that allow us to clean without creating bleed, and without exacerbating the problem when it has already occurred. In most cases, we can reverse the damage, removing colour runs, and restoring outlines and fine detail.
We treat every single Oriental carpet and rug as an individual, and will pick a hand cleaning technique that is both thorough and sensitive to the precise needs of your rug. We take pride in our ability to eliminate stains and inconsistencies, and to restore the glorious hues and tints that make each and every carpet and rug individual.
At its simplest, cleaning a carpet is about extending its life. Dirt particles and other impurities don’t merely sit on the surface, but are trodden in, cutting and damaging the fibres themselves. Over time, the carpet will fall apart. A basic clean may remove some of the surface dirt, but unless you’re getting deep into the roots of the fibres, you’re doing little more than blowing away the cobwebs. We use special brushes to dislodge as many of the dirt particles as possible, before choosing a sensitive but deep-penetrating cleaning method that washes every fibre from head to toe.
The drying process is just as important as the washing stage. A carpet that doesn’t dry properly is at severe risk of contracting mould or mildew. These rugs can also suffer from browning, where the water rises to the tips of the fibres before evaporating, leaving behind a dark and unsightly residue made up of lignin and other materials that have dissolved in the water. Dye bleeding is another side-effect of an inadequate drying process. We’ll ensure that your rug dries out gently but properly, allowing you to enjoy it to the fullest, at its freshest.
However, our service is about far more than treating your rug to the deepest most-nourishing clean that we can deliver. Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of our job is seeing once-opulent rugs being restored to their former magnificence, unlocking the glorious hues and tints of every fibre, and allowing the rich tapestry to shine out as it hasn’t done for years, decades or, occasionally, even centuries.
We can nurse almost any carpet back to full health, even when floor coverings have suffered from many years of severe neglect, or have been the victim of smoke, fire, or floods
Oriental Rug repair & Persian rug repair specialists in London. On most oriental carpets and rugs the first place to show signs of wear or damage is the sides and ends commonly known as the cords and fringes.
We advise that a prevention repair or a weave in some cases be done as soon as possible to stop further unravelling or deterioration. This also applies to holes or splits as if not restored promptly they will get worse quickly. With regards to stains and colour run we can help by offering an invisible stain and colour run removal service.
Moths can be a nuisance and sometimes cause serious damage to oriental carpets, rugs & runners. We can eliminate moth grubs from pieces and also reweave any pile damage, holes or strengthen any weak areas.
We specialize in a very high standard of invisible mending and reweaving large and small holes, from very fine Persian pieces to large knotted Turkish carpets and rugs.