Thinking you have succeeded, only to find has manifested a little while later can be frustrating to feverishly work on removing a stain. This phenomenon commonly shows the persistent spots due something called wicking. With this in mind, we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to share wicking involvement with why carpet stains return.
Why Does Carpet Wicking Happen?
When fabric is left in liquid, the liquid travels up the fabric to the top. Should the liquid be colored, such as like in a stain, the top of the fabric absorbs the liquid and shows the color, eventually. Most kids will do this as a science experiment in elementary school either by placing a candle wick, strip of cloth, paper, or celery into a cup of water with food coloring. Though this is neat to watch, it is the opposite of what we want in our carpet. The stain has to settle deep into the backside of the carpet or in the padding, causing stains to create below the carpet. When even after the carpet is completely cleaned, the fibers of the carpet will wick the stain from below and bring it back to the surface even after the carpet is completely cleaned. Stains that cause wicking problems are stains created by a large amount of liquid that cannot be quickly or fully removed before they soak the backside and/or pad below the carpet. One common type of stain that creates this issue are pet urine stains since they are often created by higher amounts of liquid and are not found immediately. Cleaning these stains often makes it worse because most people add more liquid through the form of cleaners in an attempt to spot clean. From additional liquids, more of it to soaks into the backing and padding, or even spread and become larger.
How Do I Stop Recurring Carpet Stains?
When it happens, the best thing to do is to remove as much liquid as possible using towels and fans. Be careful and sparing when using a liquid carpet cleaner.
Use a wet-dry vacuum to help remove larger amounts of liquid. Having the spot professionally cleaned in the end is the only real solution. High quality professional cleaning companies can add enough water to sufficiently dilute the stain and remove enough water from deep within the carpet that the stain is removed and does not come back. A single cleaning may not be enough to fully remove the stain with very bad stains even from the most reputable cleaning professional. We can help with proper methods and techniques with the expertise of a professional and knowing the stains keep returning. Due to residue other than wicking, many stains come back as well. Usually caused by the good intentions of people doing their best, household carpet cleaners are used to remove the stains.
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