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Why Do Carpet Stains And Odors Reappear?

Sep 1, 2022 | Carpet Cleaning

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You just bought supplies, rented equipment, and spent hours cleaning your carpets yourself, or maybe you hired professional carpet cleaners. It’s only been a few weeks, and you already notice reappearing stains and familiar odors on your carpet.

For homeowners, this can be extremely frustrating, but the good news is, that there are 3 basic reasons why carpet stains and odors can return and proven solutions to help make sure this problem doesn’t happen again.  

Carpet Resoiling From Leftover Residue

If a stain comes back, chances are it’s actually not an old one reappearing, but a new stain that’s collected on residue left behind from cleaning solutions. 

DIY carpet cleaning machines and professional steam cleaners tend to use soapy detergents to treat and get rid of stains. If too much soap is used, or if it isn’t rinsed properly or completely, it leaves behind an oily substance that actually attracts dirt.

So in the end, you’re left with the same dirty carpets, which are even more susceptible to new stains than before.

Solution: Thanks to advances in technology, there are smarter ways to clean your carpet. Chem-Dry has perfected a unique Hot Carbonating Extraction method that uses the power of carbonation to lift stains to the surface with 80% less water than traditional steam cleaners. We’ve also developed a natural, green-certified, non-toxic cleaning solution that won’t leave a sticky residue on your carpet fibers.

Carpet Wicking From Excess Moisture

Unless stains are cleaned the moment they happen, they can penetrate beneath the surface of the carpet to the padding and backing underneath. Steam cleaners often blast too much water and aren’t powerful enough to extract it all back after cleaning, so much of the stain then remains stuck inside the carpet pads and backing.

As the carpet continues to absorb the stain and begins to dry, the stain wicks or travels up the carpet fiber. This is why the same stains can reappear as time goes by.

The main reasons for this wicking effect are when too much moisture is used and the carpet is too wet after carpet cleaning. Weak extraction equipment is also a culprit.

Solution: Try a carpet cleaning method that uses less water, like Delta Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction technology. Less water is needed with this method because millions of carbonation bubbles do the work to lift stains to the surface—much like club soda works on a shirt stain. Chem-Dry uses 80% less water than traditional steam cleaning methods and is safe for your family and pets.

What Causes Recurring Carpet Odors

Most recurring carpet odors come from pets.

As pets urinate on the carpet—typically in the same spot over and over—moisture penetrates through the fibers to the carpet backing and pad underneath. When the moisture dries, potent, odor-filled crystals are left behind.

Carpet cleaning can remove stains, but odor crystals remain trapped beneath the carpet. These smelly crystals continue releasing odor into your home, even when your carpets appear to be clean.

Solution: Chem-Dry’s revolutionary P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment) breaks down odor-causing urine crystals. Our process has been proven to remove an average of 99.9% of pet urine odors from carpets.

Remove Carpet Stains And Odors For Good

If your goal is a cleaner, healthier home, using the right methods for carpet cleaning is crucial. Ditch traditional steam cleaning and take advantage of revolutionary carpet cleaning technology—like Hot Carbonating Extraction and Pet Urine Removal Treatment.

When dealing with stubborn stains and spills, it is best to work with trained professionals who can guide you on the proper care of your carpet. The last thing you want to do is to avoid making the situation worse by trying to solve the problem yourself. A professional carpet cleaning service can provide you with a plan to tackle even your toughest stains. Consider the expertise and convenience of Delta Chem-Dry when dealing with reappearing stains. Contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment today!

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