What Causes Reappearing Spots and Spills on my Rugs After a Cleaning? Syracuse, NY Oriental and Area Rug Cleaner Answers the Question


Reappearing Spots and Spills

Why do reappearing spots and spills sometimes occur on oriental and area rugs even after they have been thoroughly and professionally cleaned?  The reasons why this happens usually fall into 1 of 3 categories:

Sometimes Spots and Spills that have been Hidden by Soil are Revealed after Cleaning

These areas, which did not immediately cause discoloration, are often from spilled liquid containing colorless sugar that remained on the fibers.  After long exposure to the air, these spots changed to insoluble brown stains, which may or may not be permanent.

The stains may look like brownish discolorations but often they remain unnoticed because of the accumulated soil covering them. Some food and drink spills may inevitably turn even darker from the necessary drying action after a thorough cleaning.

Other Kinds of Reappearing Spots and Spills can be caused by Water Soaking Through and Dissolving Materials that cause Browning or Dissolving Fugitive Dyes from the back of the Rug

Because the fibers act as wicks, moisture will rise to the surface to evaporate and discoloration will be left.  This condition is called 'wicking' and may actually require an additional procedure, which we will be happy to perform. 

Please call our office as soon as possible after a cleaning if you still have spots you suspect may be caused by wicking.

Consumers who Try to Remove Spots and Spills  by Using the Wrong Cleaning Compounds and Procedures

This is a common occurrence and may only make the stained areas more noticeable.

To Lessen the Possibility of Permanent Stain Damage, Immediate Action should be Taken, if Possible:

·                          Thoroughly absorb all moisture.

·                          When possible, put a half-inch thickness of clean, white absorbent material, such as paper or cloth toweling, over the area and weight it down with a heavy object.

·                          Place a layer of aluminum foil between the absorbent material and the object being used for weight to avoid color transfer from that object.

·                          Keep replacing with fresh absorbent material and repeat as needed.

How ABC Removes Reappearing Spots and Spills

At ABC, our professional technicians use specialty cleaning and spot removal treatments to improve the appearance of forgotten drink spills -- cola, coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages, soda and others, and to remove them when possible. 

When we clean your oriental and area rugs, we have given you the best cleaning possible, done by skilled professional technicians using scientific method standards specifically recommended by the leaders in the rug cleaning industry. But even with the best treatments, some colored residue or caramelized sugar stain resulting from the prior spillage may remain.

What to Do if you Find Reappearing Spots or Spills After a Cleaning by ABC?

If you find any reappearing spots or spills after we have cleaned area rugs, please call our office at 607-272-1566 as soon as you are able after a cleaning.   You may also contact us by clicking here or simply fill out the form below and we will contact you. 

We will be happy to take a look to determine whether or not the reappearing spots or spills can be successfully removed with an alternate treatment.  

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