What Stains Should I Expect To Be Removed When I Have My Carpets Cleaned?
Grey dark marks: These spots usually appear on the carpet when a greasy or sugary substance, such as apple juice or grease is spilt or walked onto the carpet and dirt sticks. These should just about all come out in cleaning
Red Wine: Yes, this will usually come out. It is more difficult to remove from wool carpet however.
Blood: Yes, blood will usually come out unless it has been treated with heat, which will set the stain. Old blood stains may not be removable. Heavy blood stains may wick back up after the initial treatment and require re-treatment
Grease: most grease can be removed with enough time and solvent. If the grease has a strong dye (some types of grease have a red or blue colouring) then a coloured stain may remain.
Coffee and Tea: If the coffee or tea contained milk they will usually be removable. Black coffee or tea is much harder to remove. If the coffee or tea was hot and black, then the stain is likely to be permanent
Texta: this generally depends on the type of texta and the type of carpet. Water based texta’s are generally removable. Solvent based texta’s can often be lightened but may not be totally removed.
Cordial and coloured drinks: The worst of all stains to remove as the colouring in these drinks acts to re-dye the carpet. These will not come out in the general cleaning process and generally the only way to remove these stains is with a slow oxidising process using heat. This will generally lighten, but not totally remove the stain.
Vomit: This is an issue we regularly come across. Our ability to remove vomit depends on the contents and acid level of the vomit, the type of carpet and whether or not it was treated straight away. When vomit comes into contact with the carpet, a chemical reaction sometimes occurs that can change the colour of the dye in the carpet to brown or orange which cannot be reversed. Vomit may also contain colouring from the food that has been digested which can cause a permanent stain.
Urine: Often the toughest of all stains to remove. If a yellow or orange-brown stain has been left then the stain will generally be permanent. If a grey mark has been left, this can usually be removed. Removing the stain doesn’t mean that the urine odour has been treated. The urine odour will require a different treatment process.
Chewing Gum: Chewing gum and blu-tac can be removed with the use specific chewing gum removers
One could expect that some of these stains would be removed in the general cleaning process whilst some stains will require specialised stain removal processes that will involve an additional charge. Your carpet cleaning technician should give you an idea of the likely stain removal results and any additional stain removal charges during his pre-inspection.
NB: This article is designed to be a guide only.