Sun damage to carpet can be a problem in any property, but it is particularly an issue in houses with lots of big windows where there are patches of carpet that are exposed direct sunlight on a continual basis.
There are two key problems caused by sun damage to carpet.
The first and most obvious is the colour loss.
Even though it looks bad, colour loss isn’t the biggest problem with sun damage. It’s an issue that can be rectified by contacting a specially trained colour techncian, who will be able to match the dye and inject colour back into the fibre.
The second, lesser-known issue with sun fading is that it damages the integrity of the carpet fibre.
Walk over to one of your windows and feel the carpet beneath it. It feels quite brittle, right? The sun is actually damaging the carpet.
This is where it gets tricky.
These two problems – colour fading and damage to the integrity of the fibre – are related.
If the structure of the carpet fibre has been seriously damaged by the sun (ie. left to fade for years at a time), it may actually lose the ability to hold the dye. This means that it may not always be possible to restore sun damaged carpet back to its original condition if it as been left untreated for a long period of time.
If the fibre isn’t too damaged, then there shouldn’t be any problems with re-dyeing sun damaged areas of carpets.
The crux of this issue is that the areas of carpet surrounding windows are not high-traffic areas in a property; generally the first time people notice the effects of sun damage is once the colour starts to fate, at which point the carpet fibre may already have been affected and damaged.
The best way to avoid this issue is to implement a maintnenace plan for carpet that will continue to be sun-damaged. Regularly rejuvinating the colour back into areas of sun-damaged carpet will not only help keep the colour looking fresh, it will also help maintain the quality of the carpet in terms of feel and texture.
Needless to say, adding colour repair to your business is a great add-on service. It will allow you to educate your customers when you go into their home and help them to maintain their carpet that is prone to sun damage.
Want to learn how to repair sun damaged carpets? Attend the IICRC Colour Repair & Restoration course to find out how!