There is a curiosity that happens to many carpet technicians. They clean a spotted, soiled carpet. Upon leaving the residence the carpets look beautiful, but days later the spots return bigger and badder than before. The technicians arrive back in the home flabbergasted by what they see, here is what happened after the initial cleaning.
Spot can increase in size after cleaning due to numerous reasons, but generally the spill has drifted deep down into the carpet fibers. If the spill is not thoroughly removed it will branch back out and spread.
There are other reasons that spots just don’t go away including:
- The incorrect spotter has been used
- Too little of a spotter was used
- Not correctly rinsing out all of the chemical residue after spotting
- Air movers were not properly used to reduce the amount of time needed for the spot to wick back up to the carpet surface.
- There are things that can be done to prevent having technicians return to the home.
- The spot needs to be carefully examined. The technician needs to be able to spot difficult problems and spend the time to properly remove them.
- The spotter needs to be mixed to the exact manufacturers specifications and followed through with a solid rinsing.
One of the best practices for a carpet is the use of an encapsulation rinse, the formed crystals encapsulate the spot and vacuumed up.
Another good practice is the use of an anti-soiling treatment, this attracts soil which is later vacuumed away.
Once the extraction is finished create a poultice with layered towels and cover with a weight. As the carpet dries the residue is transferred to the towel.
If these tips are followed the spots will be sent back to where they came from, and the carpet will be restored to its original state. Many times these spots appear because the technician was careless or in a rush. Just taking the time will make sure there is never a need to be called back.