degradation of a carpet, and it’s only when something significant happens that our attention is drawn to it. It is often the spot or stain on the carpet leads to a call to us. We don’t notice the slight increase in soiling day-to-day.
You may have noticed yourself, when tackling a spot or stain on the carpet. That even if the stain itself will not remove, you may managed to lift some soiling around the area. leaving a cleaner patch around the stain. There are two main reasons for this;
1. Have managed to lift dirt from the carpet but not the specific stain.
2. The cleaning solution may have masked the soiling with the solution residue. Or in the worst case, bleached the carpet fibres with an overly aggressive chemical process.
The photograph shows a silk wool rug in Quenington near Cirencester, after we have worked to remove dog urine stains. Silk is complex material to work with, and urine can be very persistent.
In the foreground you can see two areas where the lustre of the rug is slightly different from the rest. This may be because the rug is still damp after working and well may settle.
However unfortunately when the owner discovered the stains she immediately reacted with a generic carpet cleaning solution, and possibly too much vigour!
It may sound pedantic, but it is always worth testing the solution prior to use on the affected area. Always read the label. As this may prevent you from making the situation worse.
If we can be any help with specific stains, please call Cotswold Carpet Cleaners on 077775944596
Tea & coffee are a particular challenge on carpets & upholstery fabrics. They contain a natural dye; tannin.
The more they are scrubbed & rubbed the worse the problem can become.
Remove as much as possible with an absorbent white towel. If there is, repeat & continue until there no more coffee appearing on the towel.
Sprinkle a little unsweetened soda water over the stain & blot, don’t rub the area with a fresh area of white towel. Check the towel for signs of coffee/ tea. If
Blotting is direct vertical action. Pushing down, allowing the carpet to recover.
Panic & try every thing in the cleaning cupboard! Many DIY carpet cleaning detergents will remove the colour from the carpet, if used incorrectly or to vigorously. A generic cleaning product may not deal with the dye from the spill.
If you want to try a cleaning chemical;
Check the directions on the label. Or;
Do so in an inconspicuous area of carpet. Check for any alterations on the carpet.
Then try a little on the stain with a white towel. see if it has any effect stain.
Don’t try more and more. If it hasn’t worked the chances are it is not having the desired effect. Tea & coffee contain natural dyes. So mat not be remove by general cleaning techneques. At this stage you will require professional help to go any further.
Call Cotswold Carpet Cleaners on 07775944596 for further information