Tips & Tricks/11.22.22

Eliminating Common Holiday Stains

During the holiday season we often enjoy holiday meals and spirits with friends and family. What we don’t enjoy are the remnants of spills after the guests are gone – complimentary spots and stains all over the carpet!

Before sharing how to remove them, let’s first define the difference between a spot and a stain: A spot adds a substance to the carpet fiber, a stain adds a color to the carpet fiber. For example, a piece of apple or pumpkin pie dropped onto the carpet would be a spot because we will be able to remove the spots with a simple rinse and extract, as neither food carries a strong dye that transfers to carpet fibers. So these are considered spots.

A glass of red wine, a cup of regular coffee or cranberry sauce dropped or spilled onto the carpet will leave behind some of their strong natural dyes, so a rinse and extract will not sufficiently remove all the variant dyes left behind. These are considered stains.

Removing Spots

Spots require only a simple rinse and extract process. Scrape away excess food particles and vacuum, rinse and extract using a prespray like Prochem Ultrapac Trafficlean, then rinse and extract with Prochem All Fiber Rinse.

If a dye stain remains after cleaning and extraction, you are dealing with dyes that were transferred to the fibers. These dyes now have a new bond with the fibers.

Eliminating Stains

Removing organic based dye stains such as those listed above is quick and easy.

  1. Apply Chemspec Stain Exit to the stained fibers.
  2. Allow 10-15 minutes of dwell time.
  3. If the stain remains, repeat steps 1 and 2.
  4. If the stain disappears, rinse the treated areas with Prochem All Fiber Rinse.

When you’re done, the dreaded holiday stains are gone – only the treasures of the holiday memories live on!

Watch for more stain removal articles in upcoming Legend Brands Tips & Tricks.

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