Posts Tagged ‘carpet stains’

Flooring Inspection Safari: Proper Carpet Cleaning

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

carpet cleaning | carpet expert Glenn Revere

I received an inspection request from a carpet manufacturer. The carpet had been installed for 3 1/2 years. It had been cleaned twice. The complaint was: “carpet looks terrible, appears soiled after cleaning.” My job was to see how the carpet was holding up and to check the soil/stain resistance of the fiber.

When I arrived at the well-maintained home, I saw that the main floor was ceramic tile. The carpet in question was installed on the stairs, and in the upstairs hallway and connecting master bedroom.

The last carpet cleaning had been done (more…)

All About Carpet Stains: Oxidizing Agents & Reducing Agents

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A stain is a spot that won’t come out of a carpet. A stain is caused by either adding color to an area of the carpet (with reducing agents) or by removing color from an area of the carpet (with oxidizing agents). Carpet warranties for stain-resistant carpet fibers are very specific regarding which types of stains are covered under the warranty and which types are not covered. Read your warranty carefully.

Everyone knows that if you spill bleach on a carpet, the color lightens and fades. Bleach, an oxidizing agent, is a color remover. Many other common household items also destroy color. Disinfectants, fade creams, pesticides, toilet and tile cleaners, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, plant food, perfumes, and acne medicines all make stains by removing color from the carpet. (more…)

Emergency Carpet Care: Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Your dog threw up on your carpet. What do you do now? While no carpet is stain proof, all of today’s synthetic carpet fibers are stain resistant. Here’s what to do to keep a spot from becoming a permanent stain.

If your carpet warranty includes spotting instructions, now is the time to find them. Many warranties include instructions for removing specific types of spots. Follow the instructions exactly. If you can’t find the paperwork, try going to the manufacturer’s website. These instructions are often found online.

If you didn’t purchase the carpet in your home or don’t know who made it, try the following: (more…)

Pet Stains on Carpet and Carpet Warranties

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

pet stains | carpet expert Glenn Revere

Studies show that more households have pets than children. So pet urine stains are a big problem. Many carpets have warranties that include pet stain coverage, but many have exclusions when it comes to specific problems. Most warranties state that urine will not stain the carpet fiber. Generally speaking, you should be able to remove urine from your carpet with no leftover stain. But what happens when pets “pee” everywhere in a room and the urine fades (removes) the color? Will your warranty cover this complaint?

I recently looked at a carpet installation with this very problem. The carpet was installed in four isolated bedrooms. An old dog and cat had urinated literally everywhere — along the baseboards, against furniture, and in all the open areas. The older the animal, the stronger (more acidic) the urine becomes. The urine (which contains uric acid) had broken down the carpet dye and left pink/pale orange spots everywhere. There were hundreds of spots, and a (more…)

Thanksgiving Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Thanksgiving table

Happy Thanksgiving!

With all the good cheer and good food swirling around your home on Thanksgiving, it’s not uncommon to find yourself faced with varying Thanksgiving-related carpet stains the following day — from cranberry sauce to gravy to sticky apple pie.

This first article I found on Flooring Obsessions gives tips for removing cranberry sauce from your carpet. And, this step-by-step guide on shows you how to remove gravy stains from your carpet. For apple pie and other Thanksgiving Day food items, please read my post on proper spot cleaning for additional advice and resources! (more…)

Inspection Safari: Causes of Carpet Stains and Spots

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

It’s really frustrating when spots show up on your carpet. Sometimes we know what caused the spots (that darn cat!). Sometimes, they just appear — like the Cheshire Cat. Today’s stain resistant carpets make spot removal pretty easy. But sometimes spots won’t come out. The reason could be that the carpet dye has been removed.

Almost all carpet sold today has some kind of stain warranty. A few of these warranties cover everything that can be spilled on a carpet. Most of the warranties have “fine print” that excludes certain types of damage. The following exclusions are typical of most carpet stain warranties:

…also specifically excluded from this warranty is damage or residual stains caused by… substances which destroy or change the color of carpets such as bleaches, acne medications, drain cleaners, plant food, vomit, urine other than pet (domestic dog or cat) urine and feces…

Many household cleaning products and medicines contain chemicals that react with carpet dye and destroy it. Some of these chemicals, like bleach, remove the color quickly. Some of them slowly remove the color. It might be days or weeks until you (more…)