Spot Carpet Cleaning, Why Do Spills Keep Coming Back?

Today we are going to talk about a common problem in commercial buildings, carpet spot cleaning and why do certain spills keep coming back after a cleaning. This can be an especially frustrating for building managers and owners who just paid hundreds or thousands of dollars to hire a carpet cleaning service.

Initially the carpets look great but after a couple days or even weeks the spills come back all over again. Most facility managers throw their hands up and think why bother!

This is especially common in carpeted areas where employees or customers carry drinks or food. Inevitably coffee or drink spills will happen.

Wicking After Cleaning

This is what a carpet cleaner would call wicking and basically what happens is the spill is rewet during the cleaning process and mostly extracted away but if 100% of the original soil is not removed (which can be impossible sometimes) the water evaporates and the solid comes back up or wicks up to the top of the carpet fiber, which is what you see.

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Encapsulation is the Solution

Most facility managers and office managers are probably unaware of the term encapsulation, this is a carpet cleaning solution that can be used to stop drink spills and food stains from “wicking” back up after a cleaning.

In simple terms an encapsulation detergent cleans the carpet and then forms a crystal around the remaining soil, think of it like a snowflake with a gob of coffee in the middle. This crystal dries and then can be removed with normal vacuuming frequencies over time.

With this process not only are you cleaning during the initial action but are continuing to clean every time you vacuum.

What is the downside? Sometimes there is just too much soil to encapsulate, we like to use this method as a post spotting treatment after a carpet steam cleaning or to spot clean a specific food stain or drink spill.

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Buffalo, NY