Tips For Cleaning Silk Rugs and Upholstery
Soft floors are primarily carpet, rugs and mats made of either natural or synthetic fibers. Silk is a naturally made fiber that is produced by silk worms feeding on mulberry leaves in a controlled environment. The growing of silk has become a science within itself and actually is the model for the production of synthetic fibers made from petroleum and corn oils. The goal of the silk worm is to weave a cocoon that allows the final metamorphosis to occur. Silk producers patiently wait for the process to get to the last stage before harvesting the natural fibers . Silk worms are a wonder to study as they teach us how a single thread can be used to make clothing and rugs. Unfortunately this process takes considerable time and expense making it less available to the general public. Many synthetic products such as rayon can be mass produced in a fraction of the time at a far lower cost.
Although silk is very strong and durable with a soft texture and feel all its own, it also has challenges to maintaining over time. Like wool, it can be damaged by high alkalinity as well as body oils that can damage it beyond repair. Give special attention to pet stains and other bodily fluids high in acid or dye content. Silk tends to yellow over time especially if exposed to oxidizing agents and sunlight. The fibers themselves tend to pull and loose shape if not handled carefully.
You may find silk in rugs, clothing or wall hangings. This luxury fabric can last a long time if treated properly. Cleaning silk is best left to the experts.
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Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.