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TOMORROW’S CLEANING OCTOBER 09
Woolsafe Writes
Carpets uncovered
bright colours such as red, soil more quickly whether daylight or artificial light can have a
than dull ones such as maroon. Some shades dramatic effect on the apparent colour of the
like light green and light blue also appear to floorcovering. This is due (a) to the effect the
soil more than others. Combining design colour of light has on the reflected colour of
colours with different sensitivity to soiling can carpet as seen by the human eye and (b) to an
lead the carpet to losing part or all of its effect called ‘lack of colour consistency’,
design in areas of
heavy soiling.
Orange, brown
and dark grey are
associated with
the predominant
colour of dirt,
which, in most
In his monthly slot,
cases, is
Paul Bakker, Managing Director,
brownish grey.
But it also has to
The WoolSafe Organisation,
be noted that foot
examines the look of the carpet borne and
and the impact this has on
airborne dirt and
cleaning and maintenance.
dust can vary
dramatically in
Carpets. They are always underfoot and range
predominant
from “pretty in pink” to the more forgiving
colour from one
browns and greys. So which one do you
geographical region to another. Not allowing
which is a function of the dyestuff used to dye
choose, and how do you keep it clean?
for this can change the colour of the carpet to
the carpet yarn.
an unexpectedly large extent when it begins to
While the choice of colour or pattern will
soil. The same applies to the effects of the
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primarily be governed by the demands of the
most common food and drink spillages that
Organisation and the services offered by them
interior décor and function of a building, there
are predominantly red and brown: darker red,
email info@woolsafe.org.
are certain related aspects of the performance
brown and grey tones are much less sensitive www.woolsafe.org
of a carpet to its colour that must be carefully
to them than the equivalent blue, green or
considered before a final decision is taken.
purple shades.
Colour, and the presence or absence of
Pattern can camouflage the effects of soiling
pattern, can have a significant bearing on the
and staining by diverting the attention away
long-term appearance of the floor.
from the change in colour. Pattern can also
It is not always fully appreciated by building
mask much of the change in the texture of a
users how colour can either emphasise or hide
carpet induced by wear and cleaning. Other
dirt on a carpet. It is well known that light
aspects related to carpet colour change are
carpet soil more rapidly than dark ones, but
also worth considering: the light in a building,
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