When cleaning your carpet, it is important to understand the distinction between “spots” and “stains.” By definition, a spot can be removed, while a stain is permanent. Often, stains can be hidden or at the very least faded, which is where we come in. Learn more about Spectrum’s carpet stain removal techniques.
How Does Spectrum Eliminate Stains?
Again, by definition, a stain cannot be removed. A carpet cleaning professional will treat your carpet by taking the following steps.
- Distinguish between spots and stains and treat the areas accordingly
- Use high-powered cleaning equipment and penetrative cleaners to eliminate spots and reduce stains
- Remove odors and increase the lifespan of the carpet
How Can You Tell the Difference Between a Spot and a Stain?
Spots are classified by whether they are insoluble, water-soluble, or dissolvable in solvents. Stains contain dyes or pigments commonly found in Kool-Aid, fruit drinks, wine, coffee, tea, mustard, urine, vomit, and other food products. Additionally, strong alkalies such as bleach, cleaners, and peroxide can permanently ruin both carpet fiber and texture.
Spectrum technicians evaluate affected areas and classify marks as spots or stains. We use specialty treatments for numerous types of spots and odors.
Even when dealing with a stain rather than a spot, Spectrum technicians will do everything they can to minimize the appearance of the stain.
Do You Need Help with Carpet Stain Removal?
If your carpet is stained or spotted, call us today for a carpet cleaning estimate. Additionally, you can visit our “spot removal tips” page for at-home remedies and suggestions for cleaning certain stains.
Remember, not all home remedies work. In some cases, they can cause further discoloration or damage. Please consult our emergency spot cleaning chart for specific directions to use safely at home.
Still Have Questions?
Not quite sure what a professional carpet cleaning looks like? Here are some frequently asked questions that might answer a few of yours.
1. “What products do you use and recommend?”
Our products are non-toxic and hypo-allergenic. We recommend 3M Scotchgard Protection, which is the world’s best-known carpet and upholstery protection. Not only does it protect your carpet and furnishings from oil-based spills, but it also protects against damaging dry soils.
2. “Can you guarantee full stain removal?”
Please keep in mind that fiber damage usually withstands the cleaning process. Additionally, some spots on the carpet might be permanent due to a color change in the fibers. This means the original color is no longer present.
Occasionally, a spot may be removed during the cleaning process only to come back a few days later. We will be glad to re-treat this area if you call us within one week of the original appointment.
3. “How do I know I am getting the best service possible?”
Our uniformed technicians are all certified and trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. (IICRC). They are professionals and will make every effort to leave your carpet in the best condition possible.
Call Us Today!
You can call us at (574) 848-5804 for a carpet stain removal estimate. Spectrum’s services include: quality carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, carpet stain removal, 24-hour emergency water extraction and removal, pet urine removal, carpet deodorizing, ceramic tile & grout cleaning, 3M ScotchGard Protection, mattress cleaning, and even new flooring.