Area rugs can be exposed to colorfast if the proper precautions are not taken before cleaning a natural fiber rug. Using a cleaning solution that is neutral or slightly acidic may be ok without using a stabilizer. Testing an area of the rug with the solution being used to clean is the first step prior to choosing a cleaning method. Dangers with highly trained carpet technicians that use the same cleaning process with area rugs as they do installed synthetic carpet is that installed carpet, in most cases does not bleed or shrink. Using high heat and alkaline solutions can ruin natural fiber rugs. The most common problem with professional cleaners is the use of incorrect cleaning techniques to area rugs that do more bad then good. These techniques may remove dirt, but they also can permanently damage the dyes that exist in the rugs. Determining the fiber types and the dye stability is the key to a successful cleaning for your area rugs. For any questions regarding area and oriental rug cleaning contact Pure Solutions carpet and upholstery cleaning serving Riverside, CA and surrounding areas at 951-787-8787.