Why Does My Carpet Stain Keep Coming Back?
If you have recently experienced a spill on your carpet and have gone through the cleaning process yourself, you may be surprised to see a magical reappearance of the stain a few days later. How is this possible? You soaked and blotted and rinsed and dried and scrubbed the stain away, so why did it come back? In reality, the reappearing stain phenomenon is not that unusual. There are a few explanations for why this happens. Let’s check them out, and then discuss how you can get rid of the stain or the spot for good!
A Mystery Explained
One possible explanation for the mystery of the reappearing stain is known as soiling. This happens when, in your attempt to rid your carpeting of the stain, the incorrect cleaning solution is used, or proper cleaning procedure has not been followed. When this occurs, and the carpet is treated with something less than ideal, or it is not entirely rinsed and dried correctly, it can develop a residue. This stickiness traps dirt, dust, and other soiling substances to the area of carpet treated, and it can result in what looks like a magic stain in the same spot as the old one.
Another possible explanation for the mystery of the reappearing stain is known as wicking. This happens not as a result of the cleaning product used, but rather as a result of the substance of the spill soaking through all the layers of the carpeting. It can happen when a spill is not cleaned up immediately, or when a liquid spill permeates the carpet fibers extremely quickly.
When the stain is cleaned, only the surface of the carpet is addressed. For spills that have not seeped down to the backing or pad, this might be sufficient, however, when a spill has truly set in, cleaning the surface of the carpet is not enough. In these cases, the substance that is still present in the backing or pad can be reabsorbed into the carpet fibers, drawing it upwards, and becoming visible again, thus the reappearing stain.
A Mystery Solved
Now that we have determined what might be causing your reappearing stain mystery, let’s talk about how we prevent this from being a consistently recurring issue. The best way to keep your stains from coming back is to ensure that they are properly addressed the first time. When a spill happens, soak up the excess liquid by stacking paper towels on the affected area, and placing books or another heavy object on top. If you are using carpet cleaner, make sure that it is the appropriate kind for your carpeting, and rinse the cleaner completely to prevent future soiling.
If you have already attempted cleaning the stain yourself and find yourself running into issues with soiling or wicking, it may be time to call in professional help. Simply renting a carpet cleaner or steamer may not get the job done, as these units are typically not as strong as commercial grade ones. Utilizing the help of professionals can not only rid your carpeting of the stain for good, it can also extend the lifetime of your carpets and prevent the potential need for pulling back your carpet to treat or clean the backing of underpad. Properly addressing stains immediately, or calling in backup, can save you time and money in the long run.
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