Reappearing Carpet Stains
Have you ever had a carpet stain reappear after cleaning?
You scrub and scrub and believe the stain has been removed, then come back the next day to find the stain back – although slightly faded.
Why does this happen? What can you do about it?
Why Do Stains Reappear?
When you complete DIY caret cleaning, you are likely dealing with soiling or wicking. When your cup of coffee meets the carpet on the family room floor, you immediately stop and treat the carpet. The stain goes away but returns later. Why?
The stains aren’t reappearing, the stain was never removed thoroughly to begin with.
Wicking is the result of a stain that soaked through the carpet backing and into the padding and subfloor. While the visible stain may have been removed, the spill in the padding makes it way back into the carpet through reabsorption. Wicking is what can make pet odor difficult to impossible to remove completely without removing the pad and treating the subfloor.
Soiling happens when residue is left over from when you cleaned. Maybe you were in a hurry and used dirty water, maybe you did not rinse the cleaned area, and it attracted more dirt.
Can You Prevent Reappearing Carpet Stains?
You can prevent soiling by making sure to use a clean, white towel and sitting it over the freshly cleaned area along with a paperweight to hold it down and absorb moisture.
The best way to prevent reappearing carpet stains is to have them treated by a professional. While not all stains can be successfully removed, we have a high rate of success removing difficult to clean stains on your carpet. DIY methods can damage your carpet fibers and often does not treat the stain fully.
SERVPRO of Franklin County Professional Carpet Cleaning
If you need your carpet cleaned in your home or business, give SERVPRO of Franklin County a call. Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpet.