You payed a lot of money for your carpet- the sales person said your carpet was “Stain Resistant”.
Why do some carpets come clean and others do not? Why does the same cleaner make some people happy and others upset? Why why why?
Our carpet is made with Stain Resistant protection- but what does that mean? It means our carpet is covered with, soaked in, coated with (whatever) a clear type of die that fills in all the nooks and crannies of the fiber.
When we spill something, even red wine or magic marker on our carpet, it has no where to go. No nooks or crannies to soak into!
But when The stain resistance protection is removed. . . a mere spot can become a stain. Because the spot soaks into micro nooks and crannies, becomes lodged deep inside and becomes a stain.
Why Is My Stain Resistant Carpet Stained?
The stain resistance comes with your carpet from the manufacture and then it’s gone one day.
- Normal wear and tear can remove stain resistance
- Hot water extraction can remove stain resistance
All Hot Water Steam Extraction is is a high power pressure washer combined with a high power dry vac.
- Painters remove paint from houses with pressure washers.
- Truckers clean diesel and road tar off there trucks with pressure washers
- Workers clean concrete with pressure washers
- Hot Steam Cleaners remove Stain Resistance with pressure washers
Now imagine the most powerful extraction machines on the Planet sucking the Stain Resistance materials off your carpet!
Water Soluble Glue and Hot Water Don’t Mix
Also our carpets are held together with non-toxic water soluble glues. Water based glues are hard to remove, but not terribly hard to soften and break down.
Jon Eakes at www.joneakes.com tells us How To Remove Water Based glues. You can read it below, but in a nutshel you can remove water based glues with Water and Heat.
Oh, and keep it moist for an hour- Sounds like a Hot Water Extraction cleaning!
Point #1 Hot Water removes Stain Resistance
Point #2 Hot Water breaks down carpet glues
Point #3 Carpets without Stain Resistance get Stained
Point #4 Carpet Glue can and will break down
Point #5 Stain Resistance can flake off and become air born and breathed into lungs
The Solution Is Dry Carpet Cleaning
Below are four Dry Products that can save your carpets and help them last up to three times longer.
#1. Host Carpet Cleaning has the best documentation, they have been around a long time and highly recommended.
#2. 1-800 Dry Carpet uses a very similar method and has some good information to pull from.
#3. STRONG Carpet Cleaning Systems is newer on the block, but a highly effective product.
#1. True Dry Carpet Cleaning – The True Dry System is modeled after the Host Cleaning Method.
Article in Part: By Jon Eakes
“Old standard techniques”
” Water or Solvent based adhesive?”
“If you can’t find the new removers, or find them too expensive, then you will have to go back to the old techniques. First you want to determine if it is a water base or a solvent based adhesive. Take a face cloth and soak it in hot water. Place it over a patch of the adhesive, even cover it with plastic to keep it from drying out. Leave it for about an hour. Try scraping. If at least a little of the top has softened up enough to scrape off with a putty knife, you are in business. Cover as large an area as you can reach with hot water and something to avoid evaporation. You can dam up the water over concrete but be careful over hardwood as the water will flow between the cracks. You can simply keep rags soaked. You will soon learn just how long it takes for each patch to soften up. This is a slow process but the more patience you have the less elbow grease you will need.
If there is a clear varnish on a wooden hardwood floor under that glue, you can usually successfully soften the varnish with a heat gun, even if your don’t soften the glue. The soft varnish will permit you to easily scrape off the glue on top of it. In this case, sanding lightly and refinishing could give you a nice hardwood floor because the varnish kept the black adhesive from staining the wood.