In today’s world, the terms spot and stain may be used interchangeably when describing an unwanted problem on your carpet, but there is a difference between the two, and the difference does matter when it comes time to treat them.
A spot is some sort of foreign material on the outside of the carpet fiber. This could be anything from crayon residue to food to dirt carried in on the bottom of shoes. You should be able to feel the material when you run your fingers over the carpet.
A stain, on the other hand, goes beyond the outside of the carpet fiber and has penetrated into the fiber. Most likely, if you touch a stain, you will not feel any foreign material. Often, a stain is permanent while spots can be removed.
Spots are treated depending on what the original material was. If the spot is greasy, a solvent may need to be used to remove it as a water-based product will not get the job done. If your spot is of the water soluble kind, such as food, a detergent-based product should do the job.
Unfortunately, some spots are actually stains. If this is the case, they cannot be removed. Instead, a treatment would be necessary that involved oxidizers or bleaching products. This must be handled carefully as a mistake here can mean having to buy new carpet.
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When in doubt about a spot or stain on your carpet, give us a call at Precision Carpet & Upholstery Care. Our team can help you determine if you have a spot or a stain, and then let you know the right course of action.
When you have a spot on your carpet, time is of the essence, so don’t wait. Give us a call today.