Have you ever seen that ugly old spot re-appear, shortly after you have had it removed like magic, by your carpet cleaner? Almost everyone has had a spot on their carpet which seems to magically reappear after you have cleaned it or even had the carpet professionally cleaned. |
There's nothing worse than mystery stains that return every few months. Always test your carpeting in an inconspicuous area before attempting spot removal! One of the biggest problems with many commercial stain removers is they offer a temporary solution and may leave the area more vulnerable to oils in the future or worse, leave a sticky residue that attacts more dirt.
Have you ever wondered why spots return after having your carpet cleaned? There are two reasons that spots return:
Reason #1: Many times, the spot that is being removed has seeped into the backing of the carpet. This is common with pet urine, beverages, and anything that is spilled in volume. The material dries in the backing and the cushion (pad) of the carpet.
When the spot is cleaned, only the material in the "pile" of the carpet is removed. However, moisture is introduced to into the backing of the carpet. As the spot dries, the material that is in the backing of the carpet comes back into the pile of the carpet.
Reason #2: Re-soiling is caused by a sticky residue that has been left behind. The residue may be from the spot itself, the cleaner that was used, or both. Some common residue causes are over-the-counter carpet cleaners purchased at the grocery store. Avoid using these cleaners all together.
There are two major causes of this common problem. The first is called "wicking". Wicking generally occurs with spots where a larger volume of liquid is the cause of the spot. Some examples of this type of spot include soda spills, pet urine, etc. where the volume of the spill was such that it saturated the carpet and was able to get into the backing of your carpet or even the pad. When the spot is cleaned if we can remove it completely from the face fibers of the carpet but some of the spill remains in the backing of the carpet or in the pad underneath, because your carpet releases moisture out of the top of its fibers to dry this material left in the backing or pad can work its way back to the visible face fiber.
The second cause of spots reappearing is "residue spots". Leftover residue from either the spot itself or the cleaning agent used to address the spot. Common causes of residue stains like these can range from, oily residues from spills such as lotions, sticky adhesive residues, or failure to completely rinse the area of residue during spot cleaning. In both cases the residue by its self is not generally visible, however the dirt and dust that sticks to it and doesn't release to your regular vacuuming becomes the visible spot. Proper spot cleaning techniques become very important when attempting to eliminate residue spots.
Wicking is rarer when you have had your carpet professionally cleaned due simply to the volume of water which can be used to flush the spot out as well as the ability to pull more of that water back out of your carpet.
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