FORT WORTH, TX — A frustrating problem many facility managers and cleaning professionals must grapple with is spots that reappear after carpets have been cleaned.
There are a number of reasons for this but they commonly can be narrowed down to two: the spot was not totally removed or it has been removed but re-soiling has occurred.
To explain further and help address this issue, this month's Powr-Flite Troubleshooterfocuses on reappearing carpet spots and how to get rid of them for good.
According to Debby Davis, product manager for Powr-Flite, the most important as pect of "permanent" spot removal is to take care of it as quickly as possible "and treat it before deep cleaning the carpet."
She adds that it is also crucial to determine what the spot is. Is it oil, blood, food, coffee, urine, vomit or mud? This will determine the best spotting compound to remove it.
After determining the spotter compound needed, Davis suggests taking the following steps to help permanently remove carpet spots:
- Use white absorbent towels to blot up as much of the spill/spot as possible.
- Using a fresh white towel, put the spotter on the towel (not directly onto the carpet) then blot the spot again. Avoid over wetting.
- Work from the outside of the stain to the middle.
- Use a portable spotting extractor to thoroughly rinse the area and pull any remaining stain from the carpet. Again, avoid over wetting.
- Use a dryer (air mover) to make sure the area is completely dry to prevent wicking.
Wicking occurs when carpet is saturated to the back of the carpet pad and then moisture and soil travel back up the carpet fibers. Low moisture carpet extraction is one of the best ways to address potential wicking problems.
"Often building service contractors deep clean and oversaturate badly stained carpets without pretreating spots [which can actually] increase the likelihood of wicking," says Davis. "While deep extraction can prove effective at first, if stains are not treated properly, wicking is very likely to occur."
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Established more than 40 years ago, Powr-Flite manufactures a full line of floor-care equipment and carpet extractors for the professional cleaning industry. Based in Fort Worth, TX, the company has over 20 patented designs and its products are recognized throughout the world for their innovation, durability, quality and performance. Their products are marketed directly to end-use customers as well as through distributors throughout the North America, Europe and the Far East.