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Wool rugs become yellowish after it dries up

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Hi guys I'm a newbie here. Customer rung me yesterday that the gugs I steam clean yesterday was become yellowish. I wonder why? It looks clean yesterday when its still wet..
 

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That looks more like browning to me and it's most often caused by using either a too high ph rinse or pretreatment and leaving the rug too alkaline ph. I like to leave it near neutral or a little on the acid side. You should use products approved for wool or this will happen again. I think that can be corrected possibly just by rinsing again with an acid rinse or picking up a browning solution. A lot of times the browning solution or a good acid rinse will give instant results. Real browning is always a ph issue. Most suppliers will sell browning treatment. I'd prefer one that is citric acid-based for that. Both my rinse and my browning solutions are citric acid. I normally use either a fine fabric shampoo on wool or a lower ph upholstery prespray that is also safe for wool. I follow with an acid All Fiber Rinse, usually Matrix from Jondon. Wool generally cleans up easily and with very little problem with the right chems.

You can also mix a little of an acid rinse up in a trigger sprayer and lightly spray the browned areas and brush it in. Follow by acid rinse extraction if needed. Dry with fans or outside if weather permits.
 
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Rax

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Thanks, I will try the acid rinse.. my other option is peroxide if it doesnt come off.