Sometimes carpets, rugs, or upholstery look different after they have been cleaned. The change is likely due to the removal of soil, revealing cleaner fibers that have in the previous process of becoming soiled, experienced some pile change or distortion.
The appearance of a textile furnishing depends on various factors including texture. Foot traffic, rubbing, and normal wear cause the majority of soil accumulation. At the same time they also produce a physical change on the face yarns of a carpet or rug, or a piece of furniture. The physical change on these face yarns begins as soon as the textile furnishing is put to use.
A comparison of areas of a textile furnishing that are protected from use with those areas that are subject to the most use graphically demonstrate the effect of normal wear on a textile furnishing. These appearance and texture changes is a normal occurrence to be expected, and may appear as pile crushing, fuzzing, shading, or blooming of tufts. The fiber used in the face yarns, yarn twist, pile density and the amount of wear over the area will determine the type and amount of distortion. Unfortunately and realistically the extent of this physical change cannot be completely determined until the soil has been removed by cleaning. These texture changes once they have occurred are usually permanent.