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Why Stains Reappear in Your Carpet

June 13, 2013


Why Stains Reappear in Your CarpetCarpet stains are the worst. If you get to them quickly, then your chances of success go way up. But, let’s admit it, so many stains are set into our carpets before we even know they exist. Then, after we go through all the trouble of thoroughly cleansing that stain, we expect it to stay gone. Unfortunately, there are a few stains that always seem to reappear on carpet. I don’t know about you, but I get tired of fighting them. Why do they keep coming back?

As it turns out, there are three very good reasons that a stain will turn up over and over again. The first is simple enough, we didn’t clean it as thoroughly as we thought. Sometimes it happens that we just didn’t get all the dirt, punch, or coffee out of our carpets the first time through. We need to go back and do it again until the offending substance is gone. This can be tedious and take many turns with a wet, followed by a dry, paper towel.

The second reason many stains reappear is due the presence of a cleaning residue. When people attack stains, they ATTACK stains. It is easy to get carried away with the bottle of carpet cleaning solution and overdo the area around a stain. Unfortunately, detergent left in the carpet then acts to re-attract soils and grime. So you end up with a stain in the same place where you just removed one. Once the product is in the carpet, it can be very difficult to remove absolutely all of it. There is really no choice, but to methodically, and painstakingly, rinse and dry the area until all the detergent is gone.

The third reason for reappearing stains is called wicking. If you were to roll up a paper towel and place one end of it in a glass of red colored water, what would happen? Yep, the red water would travel up the paper towel towards the top. It is the same with carpet fibers. The tip of the fiber is the very last thing to dry on carpet. If there is soil, or an excessive amount of staining liquid, deep in the carpet, then it can cause wicking problems.

The stain may appear to be gone, but the bulk of it has simply settled down into the carpet pad, carpet backing, or base of the carpet fibers. When the area gets wet again, then the soil is reactivated. As the carpet dries, it dries upward through the tip of the fiber, carrying the soil with it and leaving it on the tips. Sometimes the stain has saturated the carpet so thoroughly the carpet pad itself must be replaced if the stain is ever going to cease to exist.

Stains that reappear due to wicking are the most difficult stains to remove long term. However, all hope is not lost. If you are sure that this is the reason for a recurring stain in your carpet, call out the best carpet cleaner in Fresno and Clovis. If anyone can help, then it’s Aaron’s Quality Cleaners. And if they can’t remove the stain, then there’s no stain work charge. Simple as that.

Persistent stains are a bummer, but you know who to call when all else fails and we look forward to the challenge!

Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas.  She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.


Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger

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