Why Does That Stain Keep Reappearing on My Carpet?

You had a few guests over one night and something got spilled on your carpet. You immediately cleaned it up and made sure to get up every visible drop. Then, a few days later, you notice that the carpet looks stained again.

Is this a figment of your imagination? Has the stain come back to haunt you? It is not your imagination or a ghostly apparition; that stain is definitely back. Let us tell you why.

Soiling from the Carpet Cleaner

If you did not thoroughly clean up all the cleanser you used to get up the stain, the residue may have lingered in the carpet fibres. That residue becomes sticky and attracts new dirt and dust, which can make it seem like the original stain has returned.

Wicking from Subsurfaces

If you properly rinsed and blotted the stain on your carpet, chances are you weren’t able to thoroughly dry the backing of the carpet. Sometimes, if the spill was large enough, even the underpad may be wet. Even though you got the stain out of the carpet, it may be reabsorbing liquid from the surfaces underneath – essentially re-staining the carpet.

Wicking is usually seen in carpets that are wet – especially if you have attempted to steam clean your carpets yourself. Rental steam cleaning units are simply not powerful enough to extract all of the water from the carpet fibres and the resulting wetness can cause your carpet to “wick up” the liquid from underneath it. To ensure wicking does not happen to your carpet, you should always hire your local Toronto carpet cleaning company when you need your carpets steam cleaned.

You Can Prevent Reappearing Stains from Happening

As soon as you notice a spill you should clean it immediately, in order to stop liquid from seeping into the sublayers. After treating your carpet, place a stack of paper towels or a light-coloured towel down on the stain, and use a heavy object, like a stack of books, to weigh it down. The weight will help the towels absorb any extra moisture that may remain in the carpet.

In extreme cases, you may need to pull back the carpet to let the underpad – and possibly subfloor – dry out. Once you are sure that everything is completely dry, you can reinstall your carpet. It is always recommended that you bring in a professional service before attempting to remove or reinstall carpet, in order to ensure a proper restretching of your carpet.

If you suspect that soiling may be the culprit, pour a small amount of lukewarm water on the spot – just enough to re-saturate the trapped cleanser. Blot up as much of the water as you can then place a stack of paper towels or light-coloured towel down on the spot, weighing it down.

If you are still having a difficult time getting rid of stains from your carpet, it is time to call in the professionals. Our team of professional carpet cleaners and repairers will help you get your carpet back into pre-stain condition. For more information, or for your free quote, please call Dr. Carpet today at 647.800.5199 today!

The Pros and Cons of Carpet Patching Services

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Deciding whether to replace or repair your carpeting with carpet patching services in Toronto depends on several different factors. There are advantages and disadvantages of patching carpets so you need to weigh these to determine the best solution for your home or business.

One of the more common causes requiring carpet patching repairs is from buckling and loose carpeting which bunches up in main traffic areas. As the carpeting is not flat, like it should be, the wear and tear from foot traffic can cause the carpet to rip, develop holes in highly worn areas, and result in other damages. If you notice your carpeting has buckled or seems loose in different areas, an easy remedy is to get the carpet stretched and re-secured to the subflooring.

Carpet Patching Pros

One of the main benefits gained by patching carpeting is it will cost significantly less than replacing the entire room of carpeting.

Repairs are ideal for small rips, tears, and holes and help extend the life of the carpeting. If your carpeting is not that old, patching will help ensure you get the maximum usefulness out of the carpeting before it needs replaced.

Professional services carefully match the pile, colour, and style of carpeting for perfect repair that is hard to notice. While there are DIY kits on the market, these never provide a great looking finish and should be avoided because proper matching and patching requires years of training and expertise.

Carpet patching is great for getting rid of unwanted stains that will not come out, even after being professionally cleaned. Sometimes, certain foods will leave stains in carpets which will ruin the overall look and appearance of it. Having these areas patched restores the natural beauty of your carpeting while getting rid of the unsightly stains.

Carpet Patching Cons

There is a limit to the number of times a carpet can be patched, and if patching is becoming a monthly repair, this is often a good indication it is time to get new carpeting installed.

It may not be advantageous to repair and patch older carpeting that is well-beyond its usefulness because it can make the newly repaired sections stand out. If the carpeting is more than ten years old, it is better to get new carpeting installed.

Patching may not work well for larger sections that need repairs. It would largely depend on if there was just one area of the carpeting that needed fixed or multiple areas all with large damaged sections. For larger sections, it is best to arrange an in-home or in-business consultation to discuss your available options.

For further questions about carpet patching and repairs or to find out what your options are, please feel free to contact Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today! We specialize in many different types of patching and repairs for loose, buckling, ripped, frayed, torn, stained, and water damage carpets in the Greater Toronto Area.

Selling Your Home? Don’t Overlook Carpeting and Upholstery Prep - Dr. Carpet

Selling Your Home Dont Overlook Carpeting and Upholstery Prep

If you are getting ready to put your home on the market and sell it, there are several things you want to do ahead of time to ensure the home is staged correctly to attract the most potential buyers. You may already know you need to declutter and clean out closets, rearrange furniture, and even eliminate pieces from the home to make it more spacious. Yet, during the staging process, many homeowners often overlook their carpeting and the upholstery on their furniture.

Remember, you goal is to make an impression with potential buyers and entice them to picture themselves living in the home, which will result in purchase offers. No matter how much work you put into cleaning, decluttering, and reorganizing the home, home buyers are quickly going to be turned off if they walk in and the first thing they see are stains in the carpeting or on upholstery.

Even the smallest of tears or frays in carpeting can be a deterrent for picky buyers, who want the home to be “move-in” ready should they decide to make an offer to purchase your home. While your realtor might suggest using area rugs to cover up unsightly stains or carpet damage, prudent buyers will take the time to lift up the rug and look underneath it to check out the condition of the actual carpeting.

Rather than risk losing potential buyers, a much easier solution is to have your carpeting and upholstery professionally cleaned. We recommend you complete all of your other home staging tasks first and get the carpeting cleaned last. This way if you find other stains, tears, rips, or frays while you are working on the other tasks, you can get these areas taken care of at the same time.

In areas of the home with hardwood or laminate flooring, where area rugs are used, you should get these cleaned and/or repaired, too. With tears, rips, and frayed carpeting, depending on its age, these can often be fixed quickly and easily using various methods and techniques. Once completed, even you will have a difficult finding where the original damage was located.

In addition, while you are staging the home, if you notice the carpeting is bunching up in different areas, like it can do if you slide heavy furniture across it instead of picking it up, the carpeting could require stretching to restore it to the proper size and shape to remove the bunching and any wrinkles.

Putting these finishing touches on your staging processes will ensure your carpeting and upholstery look great when potential buyers are viewing your home. To schedule carpeting cleaning, carpet repairs, area rug cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and other related services in the GTA, please feel free to contact Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today!



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