The most crucial aspect of stain removal is the identification of the difference between spots and stains. A ‘spot’ is a temporary discoloration of your carpet that can be removed by the application of a mild solution. A stain is where an agent has caused the fibers within your carpet to change color.
Staining occurs when the original carpet fibers have had their color changed by either chemical agents or damage. The removal of stains is a much more involved process than the removal of spots, as doing so takes time and the use of special chemical treatments.
Successful efforts to remove stains depend upon:
- How the stain was created and what by
- The temperature at which the stain was created, as heat is an important factor
- How absorbent the carpet fibers are
- How long the stain has been in place
Some of the most common stains we are called upon to remove are tea and coffee, fruit juice, high-colored drinks, and wine. Unfortunately, all these stains are among the most difficult to remove too, especially from highly-absorbent fibers like wool, cotton, and rayon.
If basic and advanced stain removal is not effective, we do have alternative solutions available such as: