Air Infiltration Problems
Why So Hard to Remove?
These oily soils are so small, that they not only form an electrical bond, but they may also fit very nicely onto the very sites on the fibre designed to hold the colour of the carpet, also known as "dye sites". This makes the filtration soil hard to remove with carpet cleaning solutions alone. Homemade cleaning solutions will probably have little or no effect on the soil, and may actually damage the carpet and prevent it from being able to be removed.
If you decide to tackle the job yourself, you will need to assemble a few basics:
- Carpet Cleaning Solution, or Carpet Spotting Solution
- A small brush with fine bristles, a small dish brush would work
- A Citrus Solvent Gel
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Follow these steps:
- Start by cleaning the spot with a mild carpet cleaning solution, and agitate the spot by gently tamping (tapping the bristles on the carpet and solution). Do not scrub the spot! You can unravel the fibres or damage them, leaving a fuzzy and possible irreparable spot.
- Rinse the solution with clear water and blot the excess with a towel, again NO SCRUBBING!
If the spot comes out, consider yourself blessed and fortunate. Don't expect that result, because it rarely happens. If the spot remains, grab your citrus gel. The reason for using a gel is because solvents can destroy the backing of the carpet and separate it from the carpet face, known as "delaminating or delamination". This carpet damage can be repaired only from the back of the carpet by a professional. Gels are less likely to seep into the back of the carpet and cause such damage. Search for carpet gel at a local carpet cleaning supplies store.
ATTENTION: Use the following method only on synthetic carpet fibres, applying hydrogen peroxide or ammonia to natural fibres like cotton, wool, silk, hemp, or any other natural fibre may cause it permanent damage. Seek the advice of a local professional.
- Apply the gel and again tamp it with your brush. Before rinsing, if the spot still remains, then you will need to apply the hydrogen peroxide.
- Apply the Hydrogen Peroxide with a trigger sprayer. Let it dwell on the stain for a few moments, and then spray a little ammonia on the spot. Ammonia will activate the Hydrogen Peroxide. This is a great trick for red wine stains as well.
If the spot is along a baseboard or next to woodwork or wood flooring, some additional precautions need to be taken. We've seen more than one paint job or finished piece of wood in need of repainting or repair because of poor planning. Use a piece of wood, plastic, or cardboard to protect surfaces from chemical damage or damage from the agitation or brushes. We've found that a piece of plastic cut from an old milk or water jug works exceptionally well.
Can Filtration Soiling Be Prevented?
Soil Filtration lines can be prevented to some degree with a little forethought and planning. Consider having a the air spaces along stairs and baseboards caulked or sealed before carpet is laid, or when the filtration soils are removed. This is not a service we provide, but it is easy enough to do on your own with the right tools and caulking.