|Which Stains Are Removable From Carpet? |
, ink, adhesive, oils, etc. 80-90% success rate.
fruit punch, colored candy, cough syrup, etc. 50% success rate.
furniture stain, mustard, coffee, mold, tea, urine, blood, vomit, inks, etc. Unfortunately these
have only a 75% success rate.
This will give you some idea. Keep in mind, the longer
the stain has been in the carpet, the more likely it can be
permanent. Fresh stains are easier to remove.
The percentage is the estimated likelihood of removal
Yellowing (50%) - Yellowing can be as simple as neutralizing the spot or area by spraying
a solution on it, or it can be impossible to remove. There are many unknown causes for
yellowing. We use a mild acid to attempt yellowing removal. Yellowing on light colored
carpet is often difficult to remove.
Filtration soiling (70%) - (black lines around baseboard)– This is usually located in
hallways around air conditioning units, or where the carpet meets the baseboard. We can
usually get some of the filtration soiling out, but it almost never comes all the way out if it’s
bad. Filtration soiling is when carpet "filters" soil going through cracks and crevices. *There
is an extra charge to do filtration soiling. We will do up to 6 feet for free. Filtration soiling
requires very labor intensive work. The area must be manually scrubbed and extracted.
Urine Stain (70%) - When urine is fresh, the chances are good. If the urine has been there
a long time, or attempted to be removed with an improper over the counter spot remover,
the chances are slim. However, urine will continue to deteriorate the carpet, so it is extremely
important to remove the urine deposits even if the spot does not come out. Every day we
remove urine spots and every day we find urine spots that will not come out, so it's
unpredictable. Very important to know however, is that our general prespotter is one of the
best on the market to remove urine. It has a small amount of enzymes that will eat up urine. The ph is adjusted to counteract the stain for removal.
Vomit (50%) - Same as urine (If red from cat food, see red dye removal).
Blood (75%) - If blood has not been cleaned, and if hot water or alkaline cleaning products
have not been used, chances are good, but no guarantee.
Rust (90%) - Chances for rust removal are excellent, however never a guarantee. We use
Red dye (5%) - (wine, crayon, make up, kool-aid, cat food throw up, fiberglass insulation)
new, chances are better. In many cases the only way to remove red dye is with a heat
transfer process in which we apply a product to the spot, lie over a wet cloth and apply an
iron to it to cause the spot to transfer into the white towel. The spot is then rinsed thoroughly
. This is a last resort procedure and may remove some of the carpet dye as well. We can
perform a red dye removal heat transfer at a small additional cost.
Lipstick (50%) - Chances are good that we will be able to remove it with solvents, however
some lipstick may be in the red dye category, which give it slim chances for removal.
Furniture stain (20%) - Almost impossible depending on the type of carpet.
Coke and Soda (95%) - Usually not a problem. Red or blue soda may be a problem.
Drink Spills in general (75%)-Unless it has a dye, it should remove. Drinks can go into the
padding and resurface after the carpet dries if an entire glass was spilled.
Juice (80%) – Apple, orange, banana, and any non-red juice is usually no problem. Grape
juices and other red juices can often be permanent.
Tea (75%) - Tannin spots can sometimes cause a permanent stain, other times they can be
removed by a mild "bleaching solution" (not chlorine based).
Coffee (70%) - Same as tea, however, coffee is often spilled when very hot which can make
it more difficult.
Food (80%) – Most food spots rinse out with no problem. However, there are a few that
have dyes that can stain carpet if left in the carpet too long, including anything with a red,
blue, or yellow dye.
Ketchup (75%) - Ketchup can go either way. Sometimes it comes out easily, other times it
enters into the red-dye category.
Mustard (25%) - Can be very difficult at times. Not always impossible.
Paint (enamel) (20%) - Although we have removed a lot of enamel paint, there has also
been a lot that we have not. Case by case basis, there is no guarantee. Large amount
s may be impossible.
Paint (latex) (20%) - Usually fair results if in small amounts, however colored latex can
permanently stain carpet, and hardened latex can be impossible. Can be impossible if large
amounts are spilled.
Crayon (50%) - We carry excellent solvents, but can go either way.
Water rings (70%) – We use acid rinse for water rings, and have good success overall, but
still sometimes doesn't come out.
Mildew (50%)- Sometimes can be removed, other times it is permanent. Often the mildew
stain can be growing from the backing of the carpet, which makes it difficult to remove.
Ink (75%)- Most ballpoint inks are easily removed. Most non-permanent markers are easily
removed. Permanent markers, toner, and some ink can be difficult.
Grease and Oils (90%) – Food, grease, motor oils, etc. Usually not too much of a problem
unless there is a massive quantity. Very light colored carpets may leave a stain behind.
Dye or Bleach (1%) – Will often be permanent, however, spot dyeing is helpful if the carpet
is wool or nylon.
Excessively Dirty Traffic lanes- (80%) If a carpet has gotten to the point that the traffic
lanes look bad, there is damage already done to the carpet fiber. Carpet should be cleaned
before it looks very soiled. If the fiber is light colored, there is a good chance that there will
be some permanent discoloration. If the carpet is dark colored, we can often drastically
improve and sometimes completely correct dirty traffic lanes. *We give an extra prespotting
of our traffic lane cleaner, and rinse over high traffic lanes 2-3 times.
Here's how we remove your problem stains:
When we clean your carpet, we employ 12 specialty spot removers. The technicians in your
home who use these spotters are thoroughly trained and experienced. If there's any
possibility of removing your stains, these guys can do it. In fact, if we are unable to remove
a stain and another carpet cleaning company in the area is, we'll refund your money for
the job we did.
You'll get the most exhaustively thorough carpet cleaning in The Bay Area ...We guarantee