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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Carpet spotting

April 28, 2010
Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We have a chemical spill on a commercial nylon carpet. We have the material safety data sheet (MSDS) with the chemical ingredients to submit.
We would like to know if this spot can be removed or if it is permanent stain so we can determine if we have to do a carpet repair. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.
The answer:
You didn''t say what the spilled chemical was. Without getting into a lot of detail, there are a lot of variables (how old the carpet is, what kind of soil/stain resistant treatment was applied to it by the mill, how it was dyed, etc.).
Briefly, if the area of the spill is now lighter than the rest of the carpet, there is color loss/bleaching and the stain is not removable. If there is no color loss or fiber damage, I would recommend ... — John Downey, owner of Downey''s Carpet Care of Granville and founder of Cleanfax magazine.