How to Get Rid of Reappearing Carpet Stains
Have you ever had your carpets cleaned, only to discover a mysterious stain where it may not have been noticeable before? Or was the cleaner successfully removing certain stains when the carpet was just cleaned and still damp, only to have some stains reappear after the carpet had thoroughly dried?
Unveiling the Mystery of Reappearing Carpet Stains: Expert Insights
This common situation known as reappearing or wicking stains is caused by staining matter from a prior spillage having dried down at the base of the carpet pile. Although the surface staining may have been partially or fully removed from the tips of the carpet pile fibers, some of the discolored matter remained behind and unseen, hidden down in the pile.
The hidden stain normally becomes moistened or wetted during a thorough wet cleaning. The stain then becomes mobile and wicks up to the top surface of the pile as the carpet dries. Since wall-to-wall carpet dries from the bottom up, this leaves the top portion of the pile as the last to dry completely. This explains how the mysterious staining matter wicks or finds its way up to the carpet surface.
By moistening the reappearing stain and then blotting it with absorbent white toweling, most or all of it can usually be removed. Follow these steps:
1. Lightly mist the stained area with water and blot with towels
2. Cover the stained area with toweling.
3. Add a layer of aluminum foil or wax paper on top of the toweling.
4. Weigh it down (for example with a telephone book).
5. Wait 30 minutes or so, then remove.
6. Repeat as needed until the stain is removed.
A second approach is to use a multipurpose carpet spotter or dry-cleaning fluid type of spot remover, that is if you’ve used such products before and know they are safe on your carpeting. Pretest the product for safety before using it, and follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly. Make sure to use the product sparingly and don’t overdo it. As the last step, you can also rinse lightly and blot again with absorbent towels.
A third alternative is to apply one of the dry extraction carpet cleaning compounds (a “powder” type carpet cleaning product). Lightly massage or brush the cleaning compound into the stain. Let it sit for 30-60 minutes to absorb the staining material then thoroughly vacuum. Like the above methods, any of these approaches should remove most or all of the reappeared stains.
Consumers may make the stained areas more noticeable when trying to remove stains by using the wrong cleaning products, compounds, or methods. When in doubt about these procedures or their safety, contact your professional carpet cleaning member of ASCR International, the Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration.
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