RUG DYE BLEEDING

Oriental and Persian 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 will 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 will 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.

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All carpets and rugs will be treated with the utmost care.


Every cleaning, repairing and drying process will be performed on our premises, and by our carefully-picked and trained team of specialists.

Our staff will collect and deliver to your home or place of work seven days a week and can answer any questions you might have. We minimise inconvenience by handling uplift and transport. We can usually offer you a specific one hour window on the day of your choice.

All rugs are insured from the second that they’re picked up from you, to the moment that they’re returned.