If you’re looking for silk rug cleaning in Sydney then you have come to the right place. Legend has it that the silk fibre traditionally used to make rugs was discovered by accident in China around 2600BC, when an empress accidentally dropped a silk-worm cocoon into a cup of hot tea. The hot liquid caused the gum on the outside of the fibre to melt, exposing just one continuous filament.
The most common form of silk fibre available today is called Bombyx mori. The silk worms are farmed, being fed on mulberry leaves. This silk isn’t as rough and tough as the silk from wild silk- worms, and it’s more easily bleached.
To understand the silk rug cleaning process let’s have a look at the characteristics of a silk rug:
• Hygroscopic- could hold upto 30% of body weight in water without feeling wet.
• Low specific Gravity- it has low density and has “rungs” in air space which act as insulation and allow the fibre to breathe.
• Strength in Fineness- its strength, given in equal diameters, is stronger than any other natural fibre including Nylon and steel wire.
• Abrasive- Silk could be easily abraised and hence is not considered as best choice of fibre for rugs. Silk rugs should be cleaned frequently to avoid abrasion.
• Susceptible for sun fading
Low priced silk rugs are prone to pile distortion and their colour tends to bleed. If an aggressive cleaner is used it could lead to colour loss. And just a tip … silk melts in chlorine.
At Sydney Rug Cleaners we know the silk rug cleaning process that is required to restore your silk rug to its original state. Low priced silk rugs are prone to pile distortion and colour to bleed. If more aggressive cleaner is applied could lead to colour loss. Keep away from chlorine as silk easily melts in chlorine
• Test of colourfast
• If colour runs contact customer to discuss further and apply colourfast
• Vacuum both sides of rug
• Light spray a PH neutral cleaner to the pile of rug
• Extract with cold water (as hot water may damage the fibres and fibre rinse so pile is left down
• Bonnet clean (Dry Clean) with dry pad
• Repeat the extraction process with cold water
• Repeat the bonnet clean process
• Extract the excess water
• Apply additional treatment, such as deodorising, protection if opted
• Flat dry the rug if colour bleeds or else dry on the rack
With so many improvements in technology and the fibre making process constantly improving, there is a trend to replace silk fibre with Rayon or mercerized cotton. Distinguishing between them with the naked eye is very difficult even for trained professionals. If Rayon is used the label may read ‘art. Silk’, ‘a. silk’ (artificial silk) or even ‘faux soie’ … fake silk. We use thorough process for silk rug cleaning in Sydney to restore the rug in original shape.
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