Have you ever spilled something on your carpet, cleaned it up, and it looked good as new, only to find that the stain reappears a day or two later? This can be extremely frustrating, especially if you have thoroughly cleaned the area multiple times. In order to properly address this issue, you should first understand what is actually happening in your carpet.
You just bought supplies, rented equipment, and spent hours cleaning your carpets yourself. Or maybe you spent some extra bucks and hired a professional to clean your carpets for you. It’s only been a few weeks, and you already notice reappearing stains and familiar odors on your carpet.
For homeowners, this can be extremely frustrating. But the good news is, there are 3 basic reasons why carpet stains and odors can return and proven solutions to help make sure this problem doesn’t happen again.
Carpet Wicking From Excess Moisture
Stains can penetrate beneath the surface of the carpet to the carpet backing underneath, and sometimes even the carpet pad. Steam cleaners often use too much moisture and aren’t powerful enough to extract all the water after cleaning, so much of the stain remains trapped in the carpet backing.
As carpet continues to absorb the stain and begins to dry, the stain wicks or travels up the carpet fiber. This is why the same stains can reappear as time goes by.
The main reasons for this wicking effect are when too much moisture is used and the carpet is too wet after carpet cleaning. Weak extraction equipment is also a culprit.
Solution: Try a carpet cleaning method that uses less water, like Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction technology. Less water is needed with this method because millions of carbonating bubbles do the work to lift stains to the surface—much like club soda works on a shirt stain. Chem-Dry uses 80% less water than traditional steam cleaning methods and is safe for your family and pets.
Carpet Resoiling From Leftover Residue
If a stain comes back, chances are it’s actually not an old one reappearing, but a new stain that’s collected on residue left behind.
At-home carpet cleaning machines and professional steam cleaners use soapy detergents to treat stains. If too much soap is used or if it isn’t rinsed properly or completely, it leaves behind an oily, sticky stain that attracts dirt.
Basically, you’re left with a carpet that is more susceptible to stains than before and actually attracts more stains.
Solution: Thanks to advances in technology, there are smarter ways to clean your carpet. Chem-Dry has perfected a unique Hot Carbonating Extraction method that uses the power of carbonation to lift stains to the surface with 80% less water than traditional steam cleaners. We’ve also developed a natural, green certified, non-toxic cleaning solution that won’t leave a sticky residue on your carpet fibers.
What Causes Recurring Carpet Odors
Most recurring carpet odors come from pets. As pets urinate on the carpet—typically in the same spot over and over—moisture penetrates through the fibers to the carpet backing and pad underneath. When the moisture dries, potent, odor-filled crystals are left behind.
Carpet cleaning can remove stains, but odor crystals remain trapped beneath the carpet. These smelly crystals continue releasing odor into your home, even when your carpets appear to be clean.
Solution: Chem-Dry’s revolutionary P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment) breaks down odor-causing urine crystals. Our process has been proven to remove 99.9% of odors from and 99.2% of bacteria from pet urine in carpets.
Remove Carpet Stains And Odors For Good
Depending on how severe the stain is, you may or may not be able to remove it on your own. If your goal is a cleaner, healthier home, using the right methods for carpet cleaning is crucial. Ditch traditional steam cleaning and take advantage of revolutionary carpet cleaning technology—like Hot Carbonating Extraction and Pet Urine Removal Treatment.
Are you looking to remove carpet stains and pet odors from your home in the Novato, San Rafael, or Marin County area? Get a free price quote from Clean Living Chem-Dry.