Do You Want To Know The Truth About Spots And Stains?
You may have seen some of the commercials on television that show a bottle of spot remover that can quickly and easily remove stains from carpet and upholstery like magic. Red wine, ketchup, coffee, fruit punch, spaghetti sauce, grass stains and more are removed in seconds with no rubbing or scrubbing. Just spray, rub and blot!
If only it were that easy!
The truth is that advertisers are not being completely honest with you; they are leaving out a few important details. The spots they are removing are usually on new carpet that is most likely olefin or polyester – two fibers that are difficult to stain. The stains are fresh and have not penetrated into the fibers. They choose spots that are easily removed by the specific chemistry of their spotter. If they used the same technique with a dried mustard spot in a traffic area on a three year old nylon carpet (the most common carpet fiber in use today), the results would be very different indeed.
With carpets, the ease or difficulty of spot and stain removal will vary depending on fiber type, age and condition of the carpet, age of the spot, exposure to heat and sunlight, the type of stain, and even the cleaning agents and methods previously used on the carpet.
The first step is to identify the spot. Sometimes you can’t be sure what it is, so with unknown spots, we play “detective”. Using clues like the color, location, texture, odor and shape we figure out what it might be. The next step is to categorize the spot to tell us what kind
of professional spot remover to use.
There are four categories of spot removers: