If you’ve just cleaned your carpets, you expect that they should be free of stains and odors, right? Why then does your carpet have a stain again just a few days after carpet cleaning, when you haven’t spilled anything?
This problem is more common then people think, and it can be frustrating for homeowners who either just spends a lot of time cleaning their carpets themselves or paid someone else to do it for them. There three main reasons why reappearing stains and odors occur, and each problem can be solved!
Carpet Wicking From Excess Moisture
A common issue is stains that have soaked deep into the carpet pad, either on their own or due to excessive pressure from the carpet cleaning machine. Steam cleaners often use too much moisture and aren’t powerful enough to extract all the water after cleaning. This means that while the carpet might look clean on top, the stain hasn’t actually been removed at the bottom of the carpet.
This is a problem because as the carpet begins to dry, the stain wicks and travels up the carpet fiber. This causes a stain that seemed like it was gone, only to completely reappear just a few days later once the carpet is dry.
The main reasons for this wicking effect are when too much moisture is used and the carpet is too wet after carpet cleaning. Weak extraction equipment is also a culprit as it won’t completely remove the stain or the water. To prevent this issue, you want to use a carpet cleaner who will clean your carpets from the bottom up, completely eliminating stains instead of pushing them further down. Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonated Extraction does exactly this, removing even the deepest carpet stains for good.
Carpet Resoiling From Leftover Residue
Another common reason that stains reappear is due to leftover residue. These aren’t actually the same stain reappearing. Instead, the cleaning method used leaves behind a sticky residue, which attracts dirt and dust.
Basically, you’re left with carpet that is more susceptible to stains than before and actually attracts more stains.
This is especially a problem when a cleaner uses a lot of a cleaning solution to remove a tricky stain. The stain might be gone, but the sticky residue left behind will create a new stain within a matter of days.
The solution to this is to make sure to use a carpet cleaner that does not leave a sticky residue. Home carpet cleaning solutions are particularly notorious for residues, so avoid them. Instead opt for a cleaner like Acme Chem-Dry, which uses an advanced, green-certified carpet cleaning solution with no sticky residue.
Recurring Carpet Odors
Most carpet odors, and thus most recurring carpet odors, are from pets–specifically, pet urine. Pet urine is difficult to remove completely, which can cause recurring odor issues even after a carpet cleaning.
The problem is that when pets urinate on the carpet, they often go in the same spot over and over again. This causes the urine to build up in the carpet. The excessive moisture penetrates the carpet backing and pad underneath. When the moisture dries, potent odor-filled crystals are left behind.
Carpet cleaning can remove the urine stain, but the odor crystals remain trapped beneath the carpet. These smelly crystals continue releasing odor into your home, even when your carpets appear to be clean. The cleaning chemicals used might mask this scent for a few days, but once they wear off it’s right back again.
The solution is to completely remove the urine crystals. Acme Chem-Dry’s revolutionary P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment) breaks down odor-causing urine crystals. Our process has been proven to remove 99.9% of odors from and 99.2% of bacteria from pet urine in carpets. This means that you won’t have any noticeable smell left.
Remove Carpet Stains And Odors For Good
When it comes to carpet cleaning, you want to make sure that you choose a quality cleaner. Otherwise, your carpet might be clean for a day for two and then have reappearing stains and odors. If your goal is a cleaner, healthier home, using the right methods for carpet cleaning is crucial. Ditch traditional steam cleaning and take advantage of revolutionary carpet cleaning technology—like Hot Carbonating Extraction and Pet Urine Removal Treatment.
Acme Chem-Dry is proud to offer effective carpet cleaning in the Fresno and Clovis area, so give us a call!