Carpet Cleaning Perth | Reappearing of Stains on Carpet

Why Do Carpet Stains Reappear after Carpet Cleaning?

You know how goes.

You call a carpet cleaning company to perform your yearly carpet cleaning. Everything seems to work great! Your stains disappear and your carpet looks as goods as new—and smells even better!

But then, after the steam-cleaned carpet dries, you see the stains that had disappeared begin to creep back to the surface. What happened? Did you spend the money to get your carpet cleaned for no reason? Did the carpet cleaning technician cut corners? Is it something that you’re doing?

Stains re-appear for many reasons. Here are the three biggest reasons that you are experiencing this problem and how you can solve it.

1. The stain ran deeper than you may have thought

In this situation, the stain may have disappeared but then immediately returned as soon as the carpet dried, after the cleaning.

Here’s why this happens: During the steam-cleaning, the stain on the surface of the carpet was removed, but the technicians did not pull the carpet back to investigate the padding. If the technician had done this, he or she would have discovered that the surface stain was just the tip of the iceberg, and that the surface spill had seeped into the padding and stained it, too.

This usually occurs when coffee or other dense liquids are spilled on the carpet. It’s also especially likely to happen in cases of pet accidents.

Once the clean carpet has dried, the stain in the padding rises to the surface of the carpet, resurrecting the stain in the exact same place where the surface stain had been. This zombie-stain effect is called wicking. If you call your carpet cleaner and tell them what happened—or specifically name the problem using its correct term—then they will be able to help you.

2. Too much moisture remained in the carpet after a cleaning

This issue happens for a reason similar to the previous one we listed: Resurfacing occurs because a deeper stain is hiding inside the padding. A thorough steam-cleaning will remove the stain from the surface and, if the stain in the padding is minimal or shallow, it can keep the stain away.

However, if the carpet has a slow dry time and the carpet fibers retain too much moisture, that moisture can soak into the padding and mix with the stain in the padding. After this mixture takes place and the drying process begins, the moisture (from both the cleaning and from the old padding stain) starts to evaporate. When the cleaning water evaporates, it can bring the stain in the padding to the surface.

But there’s another reason you might see a stain if the freshly cleaned carpet takes too long to dry:

Walking on the carpet with shoes on—even if you don’t think there is mud or dirt on them—can smear soil and dirt particles into the wet padding, mixing with the moisture and forming a new stain. Areas that have had stains in the past are more susceptible to getting stained again, so it may seem as if the disappeared stain has reappeared, when in fact a completely new stain has materialized in the same spot.

3. Pre-treated stains left behind a residue that attracted dirt

Sure you just had your carpet professionally cleaned, but that doesn’t mean that you wanted to live with the stains you had until then, right? Like most homeowners, at the sight of the first stain, you probably went out and purchased an at-home stain remover from your local supermarket.

And that’s great! We commend you for striving to keep your home clean and inviting between carpet cleanings. However, your attempt to remove your carpet stains may be the cause of that stain’s alleged resurrection after a cleaning.

This is what happens: People usually try to use the stain remover according to the instructions, and for the most part people succeed. It’s just when it comes to the rinsing process that things tend to go wrong.

You probably just used a washcloth soaked in cold water to “rinse” the solution out of your carpet, when what you should have done was pour a small amount of clean water of the affected area and then used a dry washcloth or towel to soak up both the solution and the water.

When the solution isn’t rinsed properly, it creates a sticky residue that attracts dirt. Similar to the second scenario listed in point 2, this residue actually collects new dirt in the same area where your old stain had been. You don’t even have to walk on the spot in order for this to happen. The dust particles in the air are attracted to this residue. Over time, that dust collects where the old stain had once been and makes it appear as if the old stain had magically returned.

What You Can Do to Solve This Problem 

You can try to avoid this issue altogether by taking preventative measures:

Any time something spills, immediately take action. Use a clean wash cloth or a towel to soak up the spill. Fold the cloth in half once or twice to give the spill plenty of fabric to expand into. Do not rub the spot; this will just move the liquid around and increase the surface area of the stain. Pressing down will make sure that any liquid that filled the padding will soak into the cloth instead.

If you treat stains at home, remember to thoroughly rinse the solution out of your carpet with clean water before trying to dry the spot. You should also be careful when remodeling your home.

Just like in the spot remover scenario, dust and dirt is attracted to any sticky residues left behind from remodeling jobs and can create new stains in the carpet. After remodeling, be sure to vacuum your carpet and look for any sticky spots so that you can remove them before they become a problem.

A good carpet cleaning company will fix any wicking that occurs by returning to your home and cleaning the padding itself. If the stains in the padding are particularly bad, it may be best to have the padding replaced altogether so you can avoid this stain-resurrection issue.

An even better carpet cleaning company gets it right the first time—like Aqualux Carpet Cleaning. To have your carpet thoroughly inspected, treated and steam-cleaned (with a short, two- to three-hour dry-time), schedule an appointment with Aqualux.

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Carpet Cleaning Perth | Does the Sun Fade Carpet

Does the Sun Fade Carpet?

You just purchased brand new carpet for your house. The carpet is crisp, clean, and in pristine shape! People are often concerned about not getting the carpet dirty, whether it be from food and drink stains, or foot traffic. But, many people fail to recognize that environmental sources could slowly be causing damage to your brand new carpet!

Carpet fading is a change in color over an extended period of time. It is typically calculated by the by evaluating the color of a material around two or more points in time. Embrittlement and cracking (which is also referred to as “sun rot”) is a prime result of sun exposure. Fading actually starts the second you place your rug or carpet in any natural light, even if you haven’t noticed it yet. If you would like to keep your carpet or rug in excellent condition the best time to take action is immediately!

  • Ultraviolet light accounts for about 40% of the fading process
  • Solar heat and visible light each account for about 25% of carpet fading
  • Indoor artificial lighting, humidity, heat, and poor dye affinity account for approximately 10% of fading

Ultraviolet radiation is the single largest contributing factor in fading of carpeting, fabrics, and other home furnishings. But, visible light, electric lighting, humidity, the age of a fabric, fabric dyes, and heating all together play a role in the fading process. Since Ultraviolet radiation accounts for a large percentage (40%) of damage, it’s absolutely imperative to protect against UV light not only in warm, hot, and sunny climates; but even in colder and cloudy climates! Ultraviolet radiation can damage furnishings even in colder regions.

Practically the greatest threat for carpet fading is from your windows and glass doors that face the southwest. However, even carpet that is unprotected from direct unfiltered sunlight (from any route) can evolve noticeable fading damage in as little as six months. If fading occurs in carpeted areas that are susceptible to unfiltered sunlight, it is not an indicate that a carpet has inadequate light fastness properties. Majority of all carpet warranties will generally exclude color fading as a manufacturing defect for this particular reason.

Tips to Prevent Your Carpet From Fading

  • Move your carpets and rugs out of direct sunlight. Even if the sun could potentially reach your carpet, your best bet is to move it to the central point in a room, opposed to next to the windows.
  • Use some protective window treatments. They specifically make UV blocking window coatings, and they can be unnoticeable if you purchase them in clear.
  • Close your draperies, curtains, and blinds. If you do not like blocking the sunlight while you are at your humble abode, you can still close the curtain or drapes while you are at work (which are typically the peak sun hours).
  • Use carpet and rug protectors. Many retail stores sell fluorocarbon protectors that need to be applied periodically. Just make sure you purchase the correct product that is safe for carpet or rug material.

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Carpet Cleaning Perth | The Benefits of Scotchgarding

The Benefits of Scotchgarding

The application of a stain protector or repellent, commonly known as Scotchgarding, when used on carpets or upholstered furniture can be useful to  keep dirt and grime away from fabric fibers by acting as a protective coat or seal, and is often used after carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning to prolong the benefits of either of these services.  At Star Carpet Cleaning Perth we offer  fabric or carpet protector application service on request. How does it work? Read more ›

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Carpet Cleaning Perth | Carpet Steam Cleaning or Dry Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning: Steam, Dry, or DIY?

It is important to choose right carpet cleaning method for your the carpets in your home. Some methods will leave a residue that will attract more dirt, some are quite ineffective, others may damage the fibres of the pile. There are carpet cleaning machines that you can hire from the supermarket which are made for DIY, unfortunately they are ineffective as they will hardly remove any dirt and are a waste of time and money. Read more ›

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Carpet Cleaning Service Perth | How Long Does Carpet Take to Dry

How Long Does Carpet Take to Dry?

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The time required for a carpet to completely dry after cleaning will depend on various factors, such as the type of carpet being cleaned or the extent of soiling. That will affect the carpet dry times. The method of carpet cleaning chosen will also determine how long it’s going to take for the carpet to dry completely. Read more ›

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Carpet Cleaning Perth | Carpet Stain Removal Perth

Carpet Stain Removal Perth is a crucial part of our Carpet Cleaning Perth service.

If you happen to spill anything or stain your carpet our best advice is to call and enquire about our Carpet Stain Removal Perth services on 0432295400 and promptly make a booking, but if you decide to have a go at DIY here is what you could do: Read more ›

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How do you keep your carpets looking like new?

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