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Carpet Spotting

Carpet Spotting
Carpet spotting is a method used to remove carpet stains. Getting stains out of carpets can range from easy to difficult and time consuming depending on the type of stain. A carpet stain can reappear after some time even when cleaned properly cleaned. Thankfully there are products and techniques that enhances carpet stains removal. with dark dyes can be tough to remove from carpets. Various juices, wines, colas, and coffees are common causes of carpet stains. The compound responsible for their dark colors is called Tannins. This is a natural substance found within many plant based foods and beverages.

Directly targeting tannins with carpet spotting aids in an efficient stain removal. Multi-clean’s recommended product for beverage cleaning is called X-ray. This is a hydrogen peroxide cleanser aimed to eliminate tannins while deodorizing carpet fibers.

Begin blotting from the outside of the stain to avoid spreading. Blot the stain as much as you can with a dry white cloth. Spray the stain with a spotter. Use a carpet brush to work the cleaner into the carpet. Wet vacuum the stain. Repeat this process until the color of the stain is not visible. Even if the stain is no longer visible, there is a chance of if reappearing. The return of a carpet stain can lie in the backing of the carpet.When the stain is removed, underneath may be liquid that can not be seen. After some time it can rise to the carpet’s surface, reappearing as the stain that was once removed. Once this happens, dampen the stain first and repeat common practice carpet spotting method. Visit Multi-Clean’s Carpet Care website for more information on products and carpet cleaning techniques.
Tamp: Using a small spotting brush, tamp the area where the cleaning fluid has been applied. This provides the agitation needed to work the cleaning fluid into the face yarns. Tamping means to tap the brush up and down on the fibers. This is preferred to rubbing the fibers with a brush or towel because it minimizes the chance of damage to the face yarns. Certain fibers and construction can fluff or pill if rubbed. This is particularly true of velvet plush construction.

Wait: Remember the second T in T.A.C.T. Time is an important asset in attacking spots. The cleaning chemicals take time to work. Don’t get impatient at this point. Give the chemicals ample opportunity to do their job. Solvents attacking oily stains will need more time (3-5 minutes) to do their work.

Blot: Using a clean, white cotton cloth (or disposable wiper) blot the spot. If there is a discoloration you should see the color start to transfer to the towel. That is your sign that the spot is “moving” to the towel.

Rinse: It is important to remove the chemicals adhering to the carpet fibers since no one can predict the outcome if left on too long. When a person washes their hair, they always rinse the shampoo out since leaving it in would leave the hair matted and attracting soil. So is the same concept with carpet fibers. If you have an extractor, use the hand tool to rinse the area with clear water. If not, small spots, use a squirt bottle to apply water and then blot it up with a towel. Make sure the backing can withstand the amount of water or other fluids in this operation.

Your comments and questions are always welcome. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…

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