The Mystery of the Reappearing Stain Revealed

There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a stain reappear after you cleaned it up the first time. You did everything right: You got to the stain right away, you blotted up the spill, you even treated the stain just to be sure it was gone for good. And yet, here it is days later! Understand why stains resurface and what you can do about them from the carpet cleaning team Orlando FL residents rely on.

Why has the stain returned?

When a stain in a carpet from a spill returns, it is known as wicking. Here’s how it works:

  1. Something is spilled on the carpet and soaks through into the backing of the carpet and maybe even the underpad.
  2. All you can see is the stain on the surface. You tackle that quickly and effectively.
  3. The liquid that soaked into the backing and underpad of the carpet are reabsorbed into the fibers of the carpet.
  4. Slowly the stain resurfaces as the liquid makes its way back up the fibers of the carpet like they are traveling up the wick of a candle.

Fix It With Deep Carpet Cleaning in Orlando

The only way to really address this issue is to get to the root of it. First you have to determine the how big the spill is.

For small spills:

To keep small spills from recurring, you want to make sure you absorb as much of the liquid as possible. A good way to do this is to stack a generous amount of clean paper towels on top of the spill and apply as much force as you can muster.

If you really want to be sure that the stain won’t resurface, place a stack of heavy books on top of the padding of paper towels and allow it to sit overnight. You can place a sheet of plastic wrap between your books and the towels to protect your books if necessary. In the morning, treat the stain as you normally would.

For larger spills:

If a larger amount of liquid was spilled, it probably soaked through the carpet to the underpad. In these cases, you want to pull up your carpet and allow the underpad to dry so that the spill isn’t absorbed back into the carpet fibers.

This can be difficult if the stain is in the middle of the floor. If it is, stick with the directions for smaller spills. If the stain resurfaces, you will need to contact the professional carpet cleaning service Orlando trusts to get the best results.

For severe spills:

In the event that the spill deeply soaked through the carpet, there is a good chance that the underpad needs to be replaced. If the spill is conveniently located, you can just cut out the damaged part of the underpad and replace it with fresh padding.

The downside to this is that the repadded part of the carpet is going to feel very different from the rest of the carpet where the padding is more worn. It is also difficult to find underpad that matches exactly to what you already have. If you pull up the carpet to allow the underpad to dry and find it unsalvageable, it may be a good idea to just invest in all new padding.

Before you rip up your carpets to make potentially expensive replacements, contact Perfect Pear to help you deep clean away any stains that may be returning. For more information about the best carpet cleaning Orlando offers, contact 407.688.2121.

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