Westmont carpet cleaner discusses difficult stains
A major carpet stain can easily spoil the mood of a room. Whether it was caused by an anxious pet, or a spilled glass of merlot, a carpet stain may be permanent without the proper treatment. We spoke with Sharon Renn, owner of highly rated A-Day & Night Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning in Westmont, Ill., about some of the biggest carpet stain culprits facing Chicago residents today.
What are the most difficult stains to remove?
Renn: Any red or orange spot with origins from synthetic dyes in food and drink are the hardest to remove. These stains by their very nature are a dye and usually require a heat transfer process by a trained professional. But of course, there are never any guarantees because often you don’t know the origin of the stain, how long it has been in place, or what over-the-counter chemicals have been used.
Successful stain removal is often dependent on the fiber type. Natural fibers are sensitive to aggressive treatment, where you have a much better chance with synthetics.
Is it harder to remove a carpet stains or smells?
Renn: Usually stains will be more difficult to remove than odors because quite often the customer has already used the wrong chemical for the stain before calling us and has prematurely set the stain.
Odor removal methods today are effective by a qualified certified technician. However, problems arise when odor-causing stains such as urine have permeated the carpet fibers to the carpet backing, padding and subfloor.
Are there any stains that are unique to the Chicago area?
Renn: Winter’s worst carpet-care offenders are the sand, rock salt and calcium chloride used as ice melters. These products are easily tracked onto carpets and can eat away at carpet fibers, in addition to giving it a white, dull appearance.