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Why Do Carpet Stains Reappear? Let’s say you spilt something on your carpet. You know very well that it will leave a stain, so you clean it right away. At first, you think it already disappeared, and your problem is solved. However, after a few days, you saw the stain again! It’s back! How’s that even possible? How can a stain, which you’ve already cleaned, reappear? Here are two possible reasons: wicking or soiling.

What Are The Different Kinds Of Stains? Soiling takes place once residue from your carpet cleaner has been left behind on the fibres of your carpets after treating the original stain. If not washed and blotted entirely, the residue will become sticky. This will attract soil and dirt to the spot of the original stain, making it look like the stain reappeared. Another common reason why a stain returns is if it has undergone wicking. It happens when the substance that was originally spilled on your carpet has reached the carpet’s backing and sometimes the underpad. If you clean out the stain, you’re dealing with the carpet’s surface. However, spill that has gotten to the backing or underpad could find its way back up the fibre strands, and then up to the surface. Wicking tends to happen if the carpet is wet. This could take place if you have a carpet that’s been cleaned through steam cleaning or hot water extraction and the carpet remains damp after the process. This method is quite risky, especially if you do it yourself since most rental units aren’t powerful enough to remove all the water from the fibres.

Prevention Is Key Reappearing stains could be prevented by making sure that spills are dealt with as soon as possible after they happen so the spill won’t soak deep into your carpet. After the treatment, put a pile of paper towel or white cloth over the affected area. Once it is in place, find something heavy like a few books and place it on top of the


cloth or paper towels. If you don’t want the books to get stained, you can add a plastic wrap between the book and the towel to absorb the moisture that’s been left on the carpet. Don’t forget to choose a reliable carpet professional to clean your carpet. A reliable, professional cleaner has the right equipment to take out the moisture from your carpet, which will leave it almost totally dry. In case the carpet remains wet, you can dry it faster using fans and avoid wicking. So, how could you finally get rid of the stain and prevent it from reappearing? It will depend on the severity and size of the spill and what caused its reappearance in the first place – is it soiling or wicking? If you think the cause is soiling, which happens when residue is left behind from the cleaning agent used, you can deal with it by pouring a small amount of lukewarm water on the affected spot to remove the residue on the fibres. How much water to add will depend on how big the spill. It is also important to dry the carpet fibres to avoid wicking. In case you think that the reappearance of the stain was due to soiling, then the problem could very well be wicking. The treatment of the spot remains the same. Just be sure to stack towels and weights on the affected area over time. In case the stain reappears once again, or if you are faced with a spill that’s bigger than usual, then you should consider calling the professionals for a hot water extraction service for your carpet. Don’t forget to choose a reliable firm so you can make sure that your carpet is cleaned and handled correctly without the risks of getting damaged. © Carpet Cleaner Ltd

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Why Do Carpet Stains Reappear?  

You can avoid carpet stains from reappearing by following some essential yet effective tips provided to you by Carpet Cleaner Ltd.

Why Do Carpet Stains Reappear?  

You can avoid carpet stains from reappearing by following some essential yet effective tips provided to you by Carpet Cleaner Ltd.

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