Difference Between Carpet Spots and Stains

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The biggest difference between carpet spots and stains is approximately 24 hours.  If a spot is addressed within this time period, you will have a much higher level of success of getting the spot out and preventing a stain from forming.

Difference Between Carpet Spots and Stains


Carpet Spots

A spot is created when something has been dropped or spilled on the carpet.  When the item is dropped on the carpet, the substance doesn’t have the ability to permanently bond to the fiber or cause potential staining.  When left, a spot can look like a permanent stain, but with the proper cleaning it can be completely removed.

Examples of Spots:

  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Most foods that do not contain artificial food coloring
Carpet Stains

A stain is formed when a substance is spilled that has the ability to permanently damage  the carpet fiber.  The item can permanently alter the color of the carpet fiber by adding color or removing color from the fibers in the carpet.

Examples of Stains:

  • Bleach
  • Hard surface cleaners
  • Some medicines
  • Materials with a higher or lower pH than the carpet dye itself
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AmeriClean, Inc was established in 1986 by Bob Eriks in a small warehouse as a provider of Fire Damage Restoration for Northwest Indiana.  Fast forward to today and AmeriClean’s services include CarpetUpholsteryAir Duct,  Area RugCeramic Tile Cleaning; as well as: Water Damage RestorationFire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation.  With 30 years of experience, AmeriClean, Inc. is now a leading name in water, fire and restoration services for both residential and commercial properties.  For more information, visit our website or call 800.654.9101.

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