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Monday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning carpet

September 13, 2010
Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have a client that has a carpet that is now discontinued and will do whatever it takes to keep it in perfect condition. The carpet is light gray, sculptured, with very short loop. I''ve cleaned the carpet serveral times even done red stain removal with exellent results. He now has an area where a potted plant has over flowed while being watered and discolored the carpet a light yellow. Is there anything I can do to reverse or remove the stain? His words, "Money is no object just do whatever it takes." Thanks for any tips you can give me.
The answer:
While red stain removal involves taking a foreign dye out of the carpet, the yellowing you see where the over-watered plant sat may be from the fertilizer or plant food actually removing color from the carpet fiber. Since the dyes have been oxidized, cleaning alone will not solve the problem.
In fact, concerning plant food the Stainmaster website states, "This spill may contain chemicals that may ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
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