Ruth Travis is the director of the WoolSafe Organization in North America. She holds a degree in Textiles from the University of Tennessee. She is Past-President of the IICRC and Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians. She is an IICRC-Certified Master Textile Cleaner, Master Fire and Smoke Restorer, Journeyman Water Damage Restorer and a Carpet, Laminate and Resilient Flooring Inspector. Ruth specializes in carpet color correction for major carpet mills and consumers. She is an IICRC-approved Instructor in Color Repair, Rug Cleaning and Senior Carpet Inspector.
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There are dozens of well-know people who have influenced the cleaning and restoration industry over the last 50 years; however, I’d like to mention a few who may not be acknowledged - the ladies affiliated with the cleaning and restoration industry who have influenced me most.
I just returned from a trip to Ilkley and Otley, England to visit with my colleagues at WoolSafe®Headquarters. This part of England is where thousands of sheep are raised - much to my surprise, for food (mutton and lamb chops). However, a wonderful byproduct is the beautiful wool fleece which is used for carpet and rug manufacturing. One of the highlights of my trip was a day spent in Manchester visiting the British Wool Bureau, two wool processing plants and finally a yarn dyeing and weaving facility which manufactures wool yarn for Karastan®here in the U.S.
I just finished teaching another successful
Color Repair course in Denver for a group of professional cleaners. Quite
naturally, I had a few skeptics in the class, those who don’t see the income
potential they might enjoy by performing this service for their customers.
As most cleaning professionals know, animal urine, feces and vomit require specialized treatment. Your customers should be informed that these substances can permanently discolor and possibly permanently damage wool fibers.
Cellulosic browning on wall-to-wall carpet is, for all practical purposes, a thing of the past. That’s because most broadloom carpet today is made with all-synthetic materials: synthetic pile yarns, synthetic backing materials, even synthetic latex.
As all professional carpet, upholstery and – especially – rug cleaners know, color migration is the worst nightmare imaginable. Texture change? Browning? With a little effort you usually can correct those, but dye migration?