It’s amazing how much direct sunlight can affect flooring. From vinyl to carpet, the harsh UV rays can cause discoloration and breakdown of some of the country’s most popular flooring. But what type of effects does the sun have on a typical carpet?
Sunlight can definitely cause discoloration in carpet. When the dyed fibers are exposed to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight, they can fade out. It’s possible to get a patchy look or have a solid section of sun fading appear. In commercial or residential rooms with large, south- or west-facing windows, sun damage to carpet may be a problem.
Not only does exposure to sunlight cause the color of the carpet to face, but it can also compromise the integrity of the carpet fiber. It can turn a once-soft carpet into a stiff and brittle area.
Sometimes sun faded carpet can be restored to its original look, but it all depends on how long the exposure has taken place. In many cases, the fibers are so affected that they can no longer hold the dye properly. In other cases, carpet restoration experts can re-dye the sun damaged areas and blend it in to the rest of the carpet for a near-flawless look.