Sometimes a carpet can be cleaned only to find that a mysterious stain appears after the cleaning, which wasn’t noticed before. Other times it looks like previous stains were removed only to find that they reappear once the carpet dries. This is a common phenomenon called reappearing or wicking stains.
Wicking stains are caused by spills that have stained at the very base of the carpet pile. Even if, on the surface, the stain seemed to have disappeared, dye still remains, unseen, deep down in the carpet. When you have your carpets cleaned, the moisture causes the stain to wick to the top as the carpet dries. Thus, a previously unnoticed stain can appear.
How do you get it out?
1. You can usually remove most of it by misting it with water and blotting it with a clean towel. Place the towel on top of the moist carpet and cover with aluminum foil. Weigh it down with books, etc. and wait about 30 minutes, then remove. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.
2. Another method is to use a good carpet spotter or dry-cleaning fluid on the stain. At Steamway Craftsmen Cleaning Services we have a spotter especially for your needs. Just call us at 515-223-2830 in Des Moines and we’ll be happy to help. Remember to test the cleaner in a discrete area, like in a closet, to ensure that it is safe for your carpet. Don’t forget to read the carpet warranty and care instructions and the spotter label, as well. If safe, spray on the spotter and blot with a clean towel. Repeat until the stain has vanished. Use the spotter sparingly and remember to rinse it well, repeatedly wetting it with water and blotting. If it doesn’t get rinsed well, soapy residue will attract dirt and cause your carpet to rapidly soil again in that area.
3. Last, try a dry extraction carpet cleaning compound. These are powder-type products. Apply the powder and gently brush into the stain. Leave it there to absorb the stain for 30 to 60 minutes and vacuum. This should remove most or all of the stain.
If you don’t feel like tackling that stain alone, call Steamway Craftsmen at 515-223-2830 in Des Moines or 800-798-7677 toll free. Steamway Craftsmen Cleaning Services has been serving the Des Moines, Iowa area for over 40 years and is happy to tackle your cleaning needs!