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ICAN/ATEX: How do you get rid of carpet discoloration?

October 30, 2012

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Over the past summer, one of our carpet cleaners let a wet carpet bonnet sit on a classroom carpet for approximately one hour.

The water from the bonnet soaked into the nap and left a nasty brown circle where the bonnet had been; the brown stain remained even after the carpet had dried.

Carpet Bonnet Cleaning 2We have attempted to re-clean the carpet, but we have not been able to remove the brown circle where the bonnet had been.

Do you have any tips or tricks for removing it?

Tuesday’s Answer:

Since modern carpets don't usually have a jute backing anymore, I can't imagine the browning showing up from the overwetting of that, with the color wicking up from below.

Perhaps the bonnet was heavily soiled and the residue from that is what you are seeing in the  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor.

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