Treating Carpet Stains

When you have carpet in your home, you learn the importance of treating carpet stains pretty quickly. What you may not know is that you need to be careful in what you use. Sure the bottles of random chemistry you can purchase at the grocery store can take out some of the random discolorations, but they can add even worse color damage in the long run. Today we look at what not to do when you are treating carpet stains.

Treating Carpet Stains: What is Color Loss?

Treating Carpet StainsLets have a short conversation about ‘Proprietary Eponyms’. Also know as generic trademarks, it is similar to how a brand becomes so common that it becomes the name we use for the product that brand sells. An example of this would be when a carpet has suffered color loss, and most of us say it has been bleached. Bleach is the name of the product that can cause color loss, but the action of breaking the bond the dye has with the carpet fibers is actually known as color loss. While bleach does a great job of accomplishing this, there are many other products that do the same thing. Oxidizers are commonly used in laundry products that can cause color loss.

Treating Carpet Stains: What you should use

Treating Carpet StainsCarpet Spotting MistakesThere is no carpet spotter that you should use when treating every stain or spot on your carpet. As a matter of fact, any spotter that claims to treat a wide variety of spills and stains should immediately bring up red flags. You should consider the source of the stain before treating it. The best product for a pet stain (any enzyme based product) will not work on a grease or oil based stain. Grease and oil spots require some lubrication from a gentle detergent. If you go too aggressive, you may cause the spot to have some residue and it may resoil.

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