Rug Fringe Repair & Restoration
A fringe is a frustrating paradox of rug care. It is the easiest part of a rug to notice if it’s tattered or dirty, and it is the hardest part of a rug to clean. The loose threads drag directly on the ground, with none of the protection afforded to the rest of the rug. Each strand needs to be scrubbed individually, with no real shortcuts. You might even despair and just cut them off entirely, only to realize too late that those strands hold the whole rug together.
If you have a newer rug, chances are it came with a dazzlingly white fringe you are eager to get back. The problem is, to achieve that look the manufacturer had to douse that fringe in bleach, making the fringe break away if not handled delicately. Scrubbing dirt away delicately will not restore your rug to new. Luckily, newer rugs are also designed with replaceable fringes. You can fairly easily replace your old, dirty fringes with new, clean ones.
For older rugs or hand-woven rugs, it’s going to be a little trickier. The fringes on hand-woven rugs are the foundation for the whole rug. Replacing them means reweaving. An expert in rug cleaning and repair will be necessary to prevent additional damage to the rug. Inexperience with the techniques used to hand weave rugs or attempts to use a shortcut can leave you with a rug that’s been permanently damaged in a way that could destroy the whole rug over time.
Fringes are tricky things to deal with. Luckily, we are here to help you through it.
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