Cleaning Water Stains from Carpets

Many people may think that a water stain on carpet does not need to be cleaned, since water is colorless. In fact, even spilled water can show on carpet. The water may loosen up bits of dirt trapped in the carpet and bring them to the surface. There may even be bits of sediment in the water that will show on light-colored carpet. Additionally, spilled water that is left on the carpet may eventually seep through to the padding underneath, causing the growth of mold and mildew in the carpet itself. In particularly bad cases, this can even present a health hazard. Fortunately, water stains can be cleaned quite easily, even if they have already dried.

Removing Dried Water Stains from Carpets

Prepare a solution of equal parts distilled white vinegar and warm water. The pH in the vinegar will pull the edges of the water stain back out of the carpet. Pour this into a spray bottle. Spray this mixture onto a clean, white cloth until it is damp.

Lightly rub the cloth over the stain. Do not rub the cloth all the way into the carpet or saturate the carpet, which may force the water further into the carpeting and the padding underneath. Leave the carpet to dry thoroughly overnight. If the stain is still visible, repeat this process until the stain is gone.

Removing Freshly Spilled Water from Carpets

Blot up the water with a clean, white cloth. If there is a puddle, press lightly down with the cloth. Do not rub the cloth back and forth, as this will work the water further into the carpeting, and possibly into the padding underneath.

Make a stack of paper towels that is about 1/8-inch thick. Cover the damp area with these towels, and place a heavy object, such as a book, over them. Leave the paper towels in place for 12 to 24 hours.

Remove paper towels from the carpet the following day. Fluff the carpet back up with a small, soft, clean brush such as an old toothbrush.

If the stain remains, a steam iron might be able to spot treat it. Hold the steam iron about six inches away from the stained area and slowly move it back and forth to cover the entire area. Make sure that any water from the steam iron does not get onto the carpeting.

Is it Time to Call in Professionals?

In cases of very large, deep, or old stains, or any extensive water damage from fires or floods, it may be best to call in professionals to do a thorough carpet cleaning or possibly replace the carpet. They will also be able to get down to the padding underneath, and possibly replace it, if needed. All American Carpet & Tile has the proper equipment, technique, and expertise to handle any carpet cleaning job, including water stains or damage. Hiring professionals gives peace of mind that the job will be done right and the carpets will look their best for years to come afterward. Contact All American Carpet & Tile today.

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