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Why Do Spots On Carpets and Area Rugs Come Back?

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Most of the following can be for synthetic, wools, silks and natural woven carpet fibers

One of the most commonly asked questions by people trying their best to maintain their carpets or area rugs is “Why do spots come back after I cleaned it myself?

Or I had another cleaning company come out and try and the spots still came back?

In order to answer the question, let’s paint a little scenario. Imagine you have a little kid running around the house and he has a juice box in his hand.

Well, if you think about what a juice box is, it is basically sugar water- typically, or apple juice. But all these things basically have sugar in them.

So, what happens is in these high traffic areas you get these little spots over time. The apple juice, of course, is not black or gray, but when it hits the synthetic , wools, silks or natural weave  carpet, the sugar stays sticky so when you walk in this traffic area, the dirt on the bottom of your shoes comes off on it and it grabs it.

On top of that, somebody notices the spots and grabs something from under the sink and starts working on the spots. They go away, but then they come back.

Why?

Because whatever someone is using is soapy also, and soap doesn’t dry. It’s comparable to the sugar it stays sticky and it also attracts dirt. The spots only get bigger.

It’s not that the spots didn’t go away. They were never flushed out properly. Usually we find that by simply flushing out the synthetic , wool, silk or natural weave carpet or area rugs, we can cure most of those problems.

Most companies will try to use more cleaning product on those areas but we have found, through our decades of experience, we have discovered that many spots in homes don’t require more cleaning product, they just need to be flushed often with a product as close to residue free as possible.

Dog spots are similar, but very different.

Urine is an acid, natural dye and is usually warm.  Sometimes it sits for a long time before being noticed or tended to.  Other times, it is noticed right away and immediately dealt with a person who knows nothing or is told to do something completely wrong.  Again, the worst action you can take is by working on this spot.  Urine is an acid when it happens but becomes an alkalinity once dried.  Only blotting is best, because pouring scrubbing we have already spoke about.  Leaving these spots alone allows the moisture to wick up the fibers of synthetic , wool, silk or natural weave carpets makes removing much easier.

Poop also is best not to pour or scrub, as like dirt often will break up or be able to scrape and dislodge, as opposed to making it a wet mess.  Poop on carpets and area rugs of wool, synthetic fibers or natural weaves should also have the substance removed, then just scrape or blot as much of the poop as possible and then let dry.  Agitating and vacuuming often will dislodge and break up a very good portion of the spot; if not all of it.  Diarrhea is different, as it will cause different issues with the wools, silks, synthetics and especially the natural weaves.

In short, do not scrub, do not pour, do not spray or panic.  Remove substance, b lot as much moisture as you can – then phone me – Ask for Mark

Mark Goodman is a second generation carpet, upholstery, area rug and leather cleaning, restorative, protection and restoration expert. Located in Santa Monica, CA. Mark and his company are contacted from designers, showrooms and manufacturers from around the world to help problem solve issues they may have. If you have questions or need help, Mark can be reached at his office at 310-399-2066 or by email Mark@fibermarkmtc.com
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It's because everybody walks on the carpets and rugs all the time, that's the reason these spots come back. But if you do regular cleaning, then these spots can easily be removed without affecting the carpet thread. Also, if you want any tips to do the cleaning you can visit https://www.rugcleaningnyc.com/ for help.

 

If you are going to work on something yourself, at least take our advice…

  1. Do not pour anything on the spot. The goal is to remove the substance or liquid, not add to it.
  2. Do not rub or scrub the spot. You may get the spot out but you may also ruin the nap or distort the texture.
  3. Store bought items frequently cause serious problems, because people automatically pour cleaners onto the spot without removing the substance first.
  4. We recommend a wet / dry vacuum that you should keep in the home for emergencies. This will help remove substances and liquids. We have these vacuums in stock for purchase at our plant. We also have a product we sell to spot your carpets.
  5. When you have the vacuum, you can use it first to vacuum up the liquids and substance. the vacuum will help you avoid the above mentioned difficulties.
  6. If you do not own a wet / dry vacuum, use a large soup spoon and a bowl. Carefully scrape at the carpet to remove any liquid, substance or residue that you can.
  7. Now you are ready to call us for immediate advice on what to do next.
  8. You may not have been able to get everything out, but at the very least our advice may help you avoid ruining your carpets and fabrics
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