When we are carpet cleaning your home we try really hard to remove all the spots in your home. Then when we are removing a spot or stain we always try to identified what stain or spot is in your carpet. It always give us a real sense of accomplishment when we removed the spot when we are cleaning your carpets. We will call visible soils spots, because stains are more of a challenge to remove than a spot. Remember, a spot is on the fiber while a stain is inside the fiber.
After Alpine Professional Carpet Care identifies the type of carpet and the type of stain we are dealing with we always choose the proper chemistry and technique to produce a successful cleaning.
For petroleum-based stains, such as ink, grease, and oil, we use organic solvents, commonly referred to us as dry solvents. Dry solvents dissolve oil-based soils through careful agitation. Sometimes water-based detergents, which contain wetting agents (surfactants), are used in conjunction with dry solvents.
When we are carpet cleaning polyester or olefin carpets the oily soils can penetrate the fiber, which means the dry solvent must also penetrate to remove the soil. Then we have the added challenge of sticky residue on the fiber. But after a thorough rinsing with hot detergent or a volatile dry solvent minimizes future resoiling issues.
When we are getting protein stains out of the carpet we always use protein digesters or enzyme treatments and they are useful for cleaning stubborn protein stains, such as blood, feces, or vomit. These enzyme products work well and we always follow manufacturer directions. Adequate contact time with the stain is especially important, so we make sure that we adhere to manufacturer-recommended dwell time.
When we are dealing with common water-soluble stains include tracked-in mud, food and beverages, water-based pens and markers. These stains are usually easy to remove using a water-based cleaning agent.
Natural or Organic Stains
Some water-soluble stains, such as coffee and tea, are more difficult to remove because the heat of the liquid bonds the substance to the carpet fibers. These substances often leave a tannin stain behind, even after we are done cleaning. When a water-soluble products have failed, we remove these natural and organic stains with an oxidizing agent.
Other organic stains that respond well to oxidizing agents include stubborn food and beverage colorants, such as those in grape juice, ketchup, mustard, and most condiments.
Synthetic or Man-Made Stains
Man-made stains, especially those caused by red dyes in sports drinks and Kool-Aid, require a reducing agent. These type of stains are affected more on nylon carpet than on other carpet fibers.
We apply reducing agents then we use a a steamer
Dye stains are especially challenging because there is a dye on the carpet and we have to try to remove the dye that was spilled on the carpet and not remove the carpet dye that the carpet came with