Forgotten Spills On Carpets

Forgotten Spills On Carpets

Do you sometimes see a stain on your carpet and wonder where that came from? Forgotten spills on carpets can be difficult to remove.

Some stains do not show up immediately. They are usually from spilled liquid containing colourless sugar.

In time and after long exposure to the air, the spilled liquid has changed to an insoluble brown stain.

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Other kinds of stains can be caused by water soaking through and absorbing sizings, browning or fugitive dyes from the backs of the material.

Because the fibres act as wicks, moisture will rise to the surface to evaporate, and discoloration will be left.

Consumers who try to remove stains by using wrong cleaning compounds and procedures, may only make the stained areas more noticeable.

To lessen the possibility of stain damage, immediate action should be taken:


  • thoroughly absorb all moisture and, when possible, put a ½ inch thickness of clean white absorbent material over the area, weighing it down
  • call your professional cleaner to learn how to remove the spot safely before it becomes a permanent stain.
Textile Insects In Your Carpets

Textile Insects In Your Carpets

Carpet beetles and clothes moths have not been eliminated.

In the past years, textile-eating insects were common due to the large amount of wool fibers in clothing and home furnishings.

The popularity and widespread use of synthetic fibers has led to the incorrect assumption that insect damage is a thing of the past.

Clothes moths and carpet beetles can digest protein fibers such as wool, silk and specialty hairs, but these insects will also attack synthetic fibers if they contain protein substances.

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This means that carpet, rugs, draperies and upholstery made from nylon, acrylic, polyester, acetate and other synthetics can be damaged if they contain food or beverage stains, blood, urine, perspiration or other sources of nutritional protein.

Firebrats and silverfish are also textile pests that attack carbohydrates. They eat the paste on the wall paper and book bindings as well as starched clothing.

Termites digest cellulosic materials wood and carpet backings in addition to yarns made of jute, cotton and kraftcord.

The most effective way to prevent an infestation and inhibit growth is to keep textile furnishings clean.

Spills should be removed immediately. Carpet, rugs, draperies, upholstery etc., should be brushed or vacuumed or steam cleaned regularly as insects do not generally attack clean materials.

Regular dry/steam cleaning of these articles will also decrease the chances of infestation.

Similarly, regular carpet cleaning will remove the nutritional contaminants that attract and support insects.

If an infestation has occurred, you should consult a licensed pest control operator who is experienced in treating textile products for insect control.

Carpet Water Stains

Carpet Water Stains

There can be many things that contribute to carpet water stains.

Spills, snow and water tracked in, rain through an open window, pipes bursting, leaky radiators, floods and even over wetting by do-it-yourself carpet cleaners can wet out the backing yarns of carpeting.

Followed by slow drying, this wetting will allow dye-like materials to dissolve out of the backing yarns and “wick” to the face of the carpeting.

The brown discoloration which forms is usually referred to as a water stain.


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After a water stain has developed, it may be impossible for even a professional rug cleaner to remove it.

Gradual and uniform soiling on the face yarns may cause the stain to go unnoticed until the carpeting is thoroughly cleaned.

Once the dirt is removed, the dye-like stains becomes quite apparent. However, water is essential to professional rug cleaning.

The professional cleaner knows the proper amount and the conditions under which water can be used on carpeting. For example, in a modern rug cleaning plant where controlled drying temperatures are possible, it is a safe and normal procedure to use hundreds of gallons of water on a single rug.

Professionals adjust the amount of cleaning solution, depending on the type of carpet, to avoid water stain problems.

Only surface yarns are wet out, which will result in maximum on-location cleaning and prevent water stains from occurring.

Carpet Dye Bleeding

Carpet Dye Bleeding

Dye bleeding or color bleeding is one of the most common problems that a consumer faces while cleaning a carpet. This happens when dye materials used in the carpet become wet and start to blend with each other. There are various reasons for color bleeding such as: Usage of Non-colorfast Dye – The dyeing material that has been used on the yarns may not be colorfast. Is a manufacturing defect and before buying one must check the labels to determine the type of dye used. If there is no suggestion made on the labeling then it is important to do a dye check before cleaning the carpet. Excessive Dye – There are instances when excessive dye has been used or additional dye has been used on a carpet after weaving in order to make it look more bright and colorful or give a certain look. Many a times ink is used as well that are quite different in nature and are bound to bleed. Using a wet towel in one of the corners may show whether or not excessive dye has been used. High Heat and Alkaline Exposure – Exposure to high heat and alkaline products while cleaning may lead to bleeding of color form the carpet. Pet Stains – improper cleaning of pet urine may result in bleeding dye though the urine is of acidic nature it can convert to alkali if left un-cleaned. In most cases, dye bleeding can be prevented or controlled with the usage of appropriate kind of dye stabilizer and shampoo. However it is important to check the amount of heat and humidity in the air before cleaning a carpet. It is also important to read and understand the washing instructions provided by the manufacturer in order to extend and maintain the life of a carpet and also prevent celluloid browning or corn rowing. It is always a better idea to take the help of a professional cleaning service for the first time as they are better equipped to handle such issues.
Removing Brown Carpet Stains

Removing Brown Carpet Stains

Cellulosic browning of carpet often becomes an eyesore and spoils the interior and the overall look of a room.

The browning usually happens to carpets that are made of natural filament fibers, or in simple words threads that are cellulosic such as cotton, linen and jute.

Carpet made out of such natural material is always healthier, ecologically beneficial, and requires lot of care.


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The main reason behind cellulosic browning is caused by over-wetting of the carpet. The resulting slow drying process can make a natural sugar substance called lignin, which is present in the material, to get dissolved and ultimately rise to the surface of the carpet.

This occurrence can also be seen in news papers if they are left outside for a very long time.

In order to prevent cellulosic browning, one must determine the material that has been used for making the carpet by doing a test. Usually carpets have a jute backing or cotton base.

After the material has been determined it is important to remember that the cleaning products used should be of an acid or neutral base. If an alkaline product is used for cleaning then it should immediately be rinsed off with an acidic side cleaner.

One must keep in mind that there are other factors such as humidity, the water used for cleaning and expertise that can affect the carpet.

It is always a good idea to get a professional carpet cleaner to make sure that inconvenience such as cellulosic browning does not occur. An even a better idea is to get the brown carpet stains removed by a professional rather than trying home remedies.