Owners of Oriental and area rugs often inquire about the appearance and condition of the rug fringes. The cleaning of these rugs is a complicated and intricate process, with major concerns involving the fringes. Rug fringes are prone to inevitable deterioration with normal use and begin to pull away, tangle, unravel or rot. This may be due to the fringe fiber content (usually cotton but may be wool or silk), loose or low yarn twist, and open or cut ends. These characteristics make rug fringes susceptible to untwisting and texture loss during normal use. Since fringes extend out beyond the rug cushion or padding, they are subject to the full impact of foot traffic, abrasion and vacuum brushes.
Many rugs received for cleaning have tangled fringes...
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