Posts Tagged ‘carpet dye’

Common Carpet Complaints: Side Match (Uneven Carpet Color)

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

side match | Glenn Revere

One of the more common complaints that carpet inspectors see is something called “side match”. This is a condition where the carpet color along a seam is darker on one side of the seam and lighter along the other side of the seam. There are several reasons why the color doesn’t “match” at a seam. The reasons are installation, manufacturing, or site related.

Today’s Inspection Safari involves a carpet installation in a Great room — a large, isolated room with a single seam near the center of the room. There is an obvious difference in color between the two pieces of carpet, one 13 feet wide and the other 8 feet wide, that are joined by the seam. The question is: what is causing this color difference?! (more…)

Faded Carpet Color Causes + My Carpet Turned Pink!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

When you buy a new carpet, you probably select the color carefully. But you probably don’t give much thought about the color fading.

The most obvious reason for color fading is sunlight. Even with special protection on your windows, ultraviolet wavelengths, part of the makeup of daylight, are destructive to all sorts of materials: plastic, paint, rubber, and, yes, the pigments that make the beautiful color in your new carpet. Sometimes the color slowly fades over all the carpet. Sometimes you might see a greenish strip along the base of a sliding door.

Sometimes a carpet’s fading has nothing to do with ultraviolet light. There are other factors that can break down carpet dye and give your carpet a whole new, although unwanted, appearance. These factors include ozone fading and (natural) gas fading.

I recently inspected carpeting in two homes that exhibited the same problem: the carpets were fading from a sand/beige color to pink! (more…)

Carpet Dye Problems: Bleeding and Crocking

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

dyed yarns

Bleeding and crocking are two problems that refer to dye fastness.

Bleeding refers to color loss from a wet carpet, either from cleaning or flooding. It is most common with darker shades, especially reds and blues, because large amounts of dyes are used to achieve the rich colors. Even when rinsed thoroughly at the mill, some excess dye residues can stay in the fabric. When you have your carpet cleaned, the technician (hopefully certified) should detect the condition during pre-cleaning tests. Then the technician will adjust the type of cleaning solution used to stop the bleeding. If the condition seems excessive, tests by the mill can determine if (more…)