Chemspec® Rx for Fringe for Bleaching and Whitening Rug Fringe

Rx for Fringe for Oriental & Oriental Style Rug Fringes from Chemspec and Bane-Clene®

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  • For severe browning on fringes of rugs or stubborn browning on undyed carpet, use Rx for Fringe - an oxygen releasing bleach.
  • An oxygen releasing bleach.
  • For maximum fringe brightening.
  • Removes browning or dye bleed on undyed cotton fringes.
  • Whitens and brightens even the dingiest, grayest rug fringes.
  • 1 pound makes up to 9 ready-to-use gallons.
  • Will not damage natural fibers when used as directed.
  • Follow with rinsing.
  • Whitens and brightens dirty fringe.


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  • Chemspec® Rx for Fringe for Bleaching and Whitening Rug Fringes

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    Chemspec Rx for Fringe for Oriental & Oriental Style Rug Fringes

    To cure severe browning on fringes of rugs or stubborn browning on undyed carpet and to brighten gray rug fringes, use Chemspec Rx for Fringe. Rug fringe is usually white cotton and grays severely. Rx for Fringe can reverse this graying and help that rug look like new again.

    Advantages of Rx for Fringe:

    • An oxygen releasing bleach.
    • For maximum fringe brightening.
    • Removes browning or dye bleed on undyed cotton fringes.
    • Whitens and brightens even the dingiest, grayest rug fringes.
    • 1 pound makes up to 9 ready-to-use gallons.
    • Will not damage natural fibers when used as directed.
    • Follow with rinsing.
    • Whitens and brightens dirty fringe.

    Properties and Specifications of Rx for Fringe:

    • Restrictions on Use:
      • Not for use on dyed rugs or fabrics or dyed fringe.
      • NOTE: Beige is a DYE color. Do not use on beige. Rx for Fringe is an OXYGEN BLEACH. Because of the variance in the chemical content of dyes, Rx for Fringe may cause bleaching of some colors. USE ON COLORS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Chemspec will not assume responsibility for bleaching of colors.
      • DO NOT MIX OR ADD ANY MATERIAL EXCEPT THOSE MENTIONED ON THE LABEL.
      • Do not use on furniture.
      • Not for use on tea washed (antiqued) rugs!
      • Silk rugs may have silk foundation yarns and silk fringes also should never be bleached.
      • NOTE: On some tribal rugs, the dark appearance of the fringe is the natural color of the goat hair that is sometimes blended with the wool and is not discoloration or browning. In that case, do not use a Rx for Fringe or any other bleaching agent.
      • CAUTION: To avoid skin irritation or slip hazards, do not walk on wet carpets with bare feet.
      • Professional Use Only.
      • Keep out of reach of children.
    • Form: Powder.
    • Size: 2.5 pound jar.
    • Manufacturer: Chemspec®.
    • Approved Use: Wool.
    • Storage: Keep containers tightly closed in a dry, cool and well-ventilated place.
    • Odor: Low.
    • Color: White.
    • Volatile organic compounds (VOC) content: None.
    • Use pH: 5.2.
    • Dilution: Dilute 1 oz per gallon of water.

    General Instructions for Using Rx for Fringe:

    • Read label directions and cautions before use.
    • When cleaning a rug, check the fringe for damage. Also, check if the fringe is dyed - don’t use Rx for Fringe on dyed fringe!

    For correction of browning on area rug fringes using Rx for Fringe:

    1. Mix 1/3 of a scoop into 1 gal of water. Add 1 oz of liquid detergent to the solution.
    2. Apply with a brush to the fringes to make sure the solution does not get onto the rug body.
    3. Allow fringes to dry.cv
    4. Then mist the area with Brown Out®
    5. .

    For correcting browning on UNDYED rugs using Rx for Fringe:

    1. Mix 1 heaping tablespoon in 1 gallon of ready-to-use shampoo solution.
    2. Shampoo and extract carpet in normal manner, OR
    3. Mix 1/2 scoop in 1 gallon of water and spray over the surface of the rug.
    4. Wait 5 minutes, then mist the area with Browning Treatment.
    5. Allow to dry.

    Related Rug Articles and Information:


    Click the “Usage & Tips” tab above for a very complete article on rug care titled “Care and Cleaning of Wool Rugs, Oriental Carpets, Area Rugs, Partitions and Tapestries - The Bane-Clene® Way”.


    VIDEO: How to Identify, Clean and Protect Area Rugs - The Bane-Clene Way®

    These are Changing and Challenging Times for the professional carpet cleaner. One factor is that carpets are being replaced with wood and stone floors. BUT, the consumer then places, sometimes very expensive, wool and silk rugs on top of the hard floors. This provides the professional carpet cleaner with the opportunity of actually increasing his or her bottom line IF he or she can clean those rugs - at a much higher square foot rate then carpets!

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    Care and Cleaning of Wool Rugs, Oriental Carpets, Area Rugs, Partitions and Tapestries - The Bane-Clene® Way

    Image of Area Rug Being Cleaned

    Area Rugs - A Strong Profit Center for Changing and Challenging Times

    Image of Area Rug in the Shape of a Musical NotePlus-Sales” enhance the bottom line of a cleaning firm. Carpet and fabric protectors, Groom-brooms, rakes and spotting kits have always been good profit makers for on-location carpet cleaning services. Partitions, tapestries, drapes and furniture of all types and styles are abundant in both residential and commercial settings and are easily cleaned using standard procedures and equipment.

    The terms “carpet” and “rug” are frequently erroneously used interchangeably. The term “rug” generally means a textile floor covering that is not fastened down and that does not extend over the entire floor. “Carpet” usually refers to a floor covering that is installed and fastened down from wall to wall.

    The demand for cleaning area rugs and oriental rugs, either on location or in-plant, is growing rapidly. The last two years have shown an increase in the use of area rugs, not only in homes but in offices as well. Large expensive oriental rugs are often found on wall-to-wall carpet in homes and executive suites. Hard surfaced floors nearly always are covered with expensive area rugs. With the rapid growth of wood floors, area rugs are increasingly popular.

    Area rug cleaning can be extremely profitable, especially if pick-up and delivery is included in the service. Customers gladly pay extra for the convenience of having their area rugs picked up and delivered. A box truck is best for pick-up and delivery of rugs and furniture, however, a rack on the top of a cleaning van or an inside arrangement along one wall will accommodate most rugs. In below image, a cleaned rug is being loaded into our delivery truck to be returned to the customer.

    Image of cleaned area rug being loaded into truck to be returned to customer
     

    Area rugs can be cleaned on location or in the plant. Plant cleaning has some advantages, especially if a rug is problematic and may require additional treatment after drying. Other pieces can be cleaned and treated without a loss of time.

    Cleaning rare valuable rug in Bane PlantThe 12' x 18' rug pictured to the right is more than 100 years old and has a declared value of $65,000.00. It was shipped to Bane-Clene from Denver for delivery to the exclusive Propylaeum Club in downtown Indianapolis.

     

    Having area rugs to clean in-plant has an added advantage since they provide a ready source of work for crews returning early. Bane-Clene’s rug plant has ten steel reinforced poles, twenty feet in length. They are equipped with stainless steel pins to prevent slippage of heavy rugs. The entire operation, which includes an electric winch system, takes up only 600 sq. ft. of floor space including the storage racks for finished rugs.

    Some customers prefer bringing smaller rugs to the plant. An orderly check-in procedure will make a customer feel welcome and a discount for their trouble is always appreciated. Perforated call tags are necessary for an efficient system and a strict policy should be posted about unclaimed rugs.

    A class on pricing area rug cleaning is taught at Bane-Clene Institute.

    Cleaning Dhurrie RugsStrictly speaking, the term “Oriental rug” refers to a hand knotted or hand-woven rug made in one of the traditional weaving areas of the Middle or Far East. Oriental rug quality is judged by the type of knot used, pile depth, number of knots per square inch, yarn fineness, color richness, fastness of the dye, and subtleness of the pattern. Oriental design rugs are machine-made reproductions of hand-knotted Orientals and are often incorrectly called Oriental rugs. Most “Orientals” brought to you for cleaning are, in fact, Oriental design rugs, not true Oriental rugs.

     

    Cleaning Braided RugsBraided rugs are constructed of wool fabric, heavy wool rug yarn, or other materials, including olefin. Individual lengths of braid or a continuous braid may be stitched or laced together into the desired shape. All braids have a core, which is an inner material that gives the braid shape and consistency. During cleaning, this core, if made of paper or dyed waste material, can easily bleed to the surface! Paper, foam, textile byproduct, or waste materials are often used for the core of low quality rugs.

     

    Cleaning Flokati RugsOriginally from Greece, Flokati rugs have a very fluffy wool pile with very long fibers and look very much like lambs wool. Flokati rugs are easily wet cleaned (after pretesting) if Brown Out® is properly applied after cleaning. The main difficulty in cleaning Flokati is that the rug has no stiffness and tends to be pulled up into the cleaning head, so it usually needs to be held down while cleaning.

     

    Cleaning Sisal RugsTrue Sisal is a natural fiber derived from the agave sisalana cactus plant. Sisal grows in semi-arid regions in Brazil and Mexico. Sisal is not the same fiber as coir or jute. Sisal is stronger and more durable than other natural fibers and is, therefore, preferred for Sisal Rugs.

    Other natural fibers used in making "Sisal" rugs are coir (coconut fibers), jute, hemp, seagrass from China, and mountain grass from China.

    Sisal rugs are for indoor use only and are often found in enclosed and screened-in porches. They should never be exposed to rainfall or allow to become water saturated.

    It is important during cleaning to control the amount of moisture. It is NOT recommended that Sisal be cleaned with a wet cleaning method. If the Sisal rug is severely soiled, try cleaning with Natural Fiber Cleaner.

    More detailed information on sisal and jute rugs is at https://www.baneclene.com/Professionals/Content.aspx?xps=NTkz

     

    Cleaning Ingrain RugsIngrain rugs are made of yarn dyed before weaving, and woven so that the pattern is shown on both sides.

     

    Cleaning Kilim RugsKilims (Kelims) are flat woven rugs with no pile. Since they take less time to weave than knotted rugs, they are generally much less expensive. Kilim rugs are characterized by long, narrow slits in the fabric that are arranged in a stair-step pattern to avoid weakening the rug. Kilims usually are reversible. They are made in bold colors and a variety of designs typical of the regions where they were woven. Kilims may be constructed of wool, camel hair, goat hair and/or horsehair. Because the dyes in Kilims typically run easily, you should only wet clean a Kilim after testing EVERY color for fastness. If the dyes run, you need to dry clean the rug. Additionally, you usually have to block the rug out to prevent uneven shrinkage and subsequent curling of the corners as the rug is drying.

     
    Cleaning American Indian Navajo Rugs

    Authentic Navajo (Navaho) rugs still can be purchased, but numerous imitations are on the market. A true Navajo rug is made of wool in a tapestry weave. Some twill weaves and basket weaves also are common. As with Orientals, Navajo rug patterns are named for the locality or family from which they originated. Authentic Navajo rugs are extremely sensitive even to water. If just water gets on a rug, blot immediately because the dyes will run. Wet clean cautiously—bleeding and shrinkage are a very common problem with Navajo rugs. Authentic Navajo rugs should be dry cleaned with solvent only. Imitation Navajo rugs are normally easily wet cleaned—just be sure to pretest.

    Cleaning Rag Rugs

    Ragg (or rag) rugs are sturdy, colorful rugs hand woven from cotton scraps or wool. Rag rugs are traditionally woven on large looms from strips of cloth. They can be a solid color or a mix of many colors. Rag rugs consist of irregular stripes in bright cheerful colors.

     

     

    Cleaning area rugs in the customer’s house or in your plant is not much different from cleaning carpet, except that theUrine pet stain on back of rug flooring material under the area rug must be protected and pre-inspection and pretesting are critical.

     

     

    We strongly suggest that you use the Bane-Clene “Declaration of Value” form and determine the price for cleaning as an amount per square foot or 10% of the declared value, whichever is greater. Be sure the customer signs your “Declaration of Value” form.

     

     

    Severely damaged rugFirst, before starting to clean any rug, inspect the rug very carefully and note any damage anywhere on the rug and have the customer sign off on such damage.

     

     

    Be sure to inspect the back as well as the face - spots and stains often are more obvious on the back!

     

    Watch out for ink stenciling in hooked rugs - which can usually be observed on the back or by bending the rug to “grin” open the rows of loops so that you can see the foundation into which the loops are hooked. If you see ink on the white foundation, you have a strong potential for the ink to bleed. This is especially common with some motifs and medallions as well as along the border.

     

    Dye bleed on rug from pet urineWatch out for dye bleed from pet urine

     

    Red Kool-Aid stain on rugCheck for any dye stains on the rug before proceeding.

     

    Damaged rug fringeCheck the fringe for damage. Also, check if the fringe is dyed - don’t use peroxide on dyed fringe!

     

    Marker ink on rug fringe
    Marker ink on rug fringe bled throughWatch out for marker ink on back of fringe - it will bleed through after cleaning!

     

    Pre-vacuum all area rugs - both sides. After vacuuming, if cleaning over a carpet or wood, place a furniture blanket under each end of the rug being cleaned, including the fringe. Place brown paper under and along each long side of the area rug.

    Never clean a rug on top of other carpet - transfer of color to the carpet can occur.

    As with upholstery, ALWAYS pretest for dye stability. Apply the prespray and detergent to a white towel, rub a dark area that might bleed, wait at least 15 minutes and repeat. If the dye bleeds, try a lower pH detergent, such as LCA 256®. If cotton, test with Natural Fiber Cleaner. If it still bleeds, you may need to “shampoo” the rug with Chemspec Oriental Rug Shampoo. If it still bleeds, the rug can only be dry-cleaned. For mild bleeding, simply apply Brown Out to the rug prior to cleaning.

    If it is a cotton rug or a rug that readily browns, clean with Natural Fiber Cleaner at 1 ounce per gallon in a well-ventilated area. Natural Fiber Cleaner contains sodium bisulfite, a reducing bleach, and detergents.

    NOTE: If the rug is silk, don’t wet clean it! Silk should only be dry cleaned because of the risks of yellowing, dye loss, ringing, and physical damage (silk loses about 20% of its strength when wet). Some silk is “washable silk”, which has been modified to be washable.

    If the rug is rayon, wet clean VERY cautiously! Rayon loses 50-70% of its strength when wet and rayon rugs frequently bleed severely. Pre-test for dye stability. Because of its poor durability, high absorbency, poor dimensional stability, tendency to fade and its tendency to strongly shrink, rayon is a very poor choice for rug fiber. Rayon is easily damaged by spotters containing alcohol, such as APS™ All Purpose Spotter. Also, remember that “art silk” is actually rayon!

    Use caution when using proteolytic enzyme spotters or deodorizers on wool - they are designed to attack proteins and wool is a protein.

    Dry time is critical. Therefore, an absolute minimum of moisture should be used and a blower should be used after cleaning. It is very important that the rug be dried in 48 hours or less to prevent mold and mildew formation.

    Pre-dampen the fringes with your cleaning solution and then apply diluted Preface® (if the dye stability test was okay). Use a Handi Groom® to ensure thorough coverage of all fringe fibers, and also use the brush to comb the fringe neatly away from the rug face. Fringe is usually white cotton and grays severely.

    Cleaning a rugPretreat or remove any existing spots on the rug that may pose a problem while cleaning. If possible, clean the rug with the 4 inch stair tool. Using the smaller cleaning head allows you to clean the rug without a pad, and also expedites the drying process once the rug has been cleaned.

     

    After cleaning the carpet fibers, clean the fringes - pulling the fringe away from the rug to clean it with the furniture pad underneath. There are two problems that may occur with the fringes: browning and dye bleeding onto the fringes.

    After the cleaning has been completed, remove the furniture pads and replace with waxed paper. This will aid in the drying of the fringe. Brush out the fringe edges.Hanging cleaned rugs on a drying rack

     

    We recommend hanging the rugs on a rug rack for faster drying as shown to the right

    Apply Brown Out at 8 ounces per gallon to the rug - very lightly just to the surface.

     

    Peroxide to brighten rug fringesIf the fringes are still very gray, apply 40 volume clear hydrogen peroxide to the fringes only on fringes of oriental rugs or stubborn browning on undyed carpet. Comb the peroxide into the fringes with a Handi Groom and allow to dry.

    NOTE: On some tribal rugs, the dark appearance of the fringe is the natural color of the goat hair that is sometimes blended with the wool and is not discoloration or browning. In that case, do not use a bleaching agent. Also, silk rugs may have silk foundation yarns and silk fringes also should never be bleached. If you hang up the rugs to dry, you are more likely to have browned fringes because all the water and residue will migrate to the ends.

     

     

    Herbal treated, tea washed rugAdditionally, bleaching agents should never be used on tea washed rugs. Tea washed, herbal treated or antiqued rugs have been soaked in a tea solution to “age” them. Unfortunately, this treatment can sometimes come off with just water. Check dye stability with a white towel dampened with your cleaning solution. DO NOT treat the fringes of such rugs with a bleaching agent!

    If the rug is wool and some moth damage has occurred, apply Steri-Fab®.

    Apply Sta-Clene® protector as the final step. Use a Grandi Groom® or Grandi-Brush® to set the rug nap.

    If working in the customer’s home, remove any traffic lane paper that is saturated from the cleaning head overspray. Wet paper left under the rug could cause damage to a wood floor. Allow to dry without moving the rug - preferably using air movers. Dry time is critical to avoid bleeding and browning.

    If, in spite of your best efforts, the rug severely browns, do a Brown Out flush on the rug and allow it to dry upside down. This moves the browning to the back of the rug.

    What can go wrong in cleaning rugs? Browning, shrinkage, edge puckering, and dye bleeding are the most common problems. Additionally, some hand-made rugs will simply fall apart when wet! Use EXTREME caution cleaning cloth backed rugs, as found on some Indian and Chinese tufted rugs – shrinkage and edge puckering are major problems!

    NOTE: Much more detailed information and more rug photographs are in the Bane-Clene article Chemistry of Making and Maintaining Carpets and Rugs and in the 2-hour video “Oriental and Area Rug Construction and Maintenance”.

    For stain removal on rugs, click Wool and silk rug stain removal procedures.

    Additional Rug Cleaning, Care and Protection Information:


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    Coverage:Up to 13,000 sq. ft. per gallon.
    Use Concentration:1-2 ounces per gallon water.
    Use pH:5.5-6.5