Out darn spot… Out I say!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Pic?

Post # 4
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274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Went away, but keeps coming back? What is under your carpet? Could it be mold?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

One time, I spilled a lot of blood on our beige carpet (don’t ask how lol) and I used Zep Commercial Instant Spot & Stain Remover. You just follow the directions, you don’t have to scrub it out and it worked well. I’d say it removed 90% of the stain because sometimes I think I can still see a faint pink area, but everyone says I’m nuts. So it might have worked 100%, not sure.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

High traffic zone… is it a place where everyone steps or turns a corner, i.e. is there an explanation why this spot would get stepped more than every other? In that case I think it’s just wear and tear on the carpet.

Or, if the spot never gets larger, was there a spill once which damaged that spot forever? I can see lines going past it (parallel to the side of the sofa) – is that where someone cleaned a spill once?

Post # 10
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I used to manage apartments and this would happen after a cleaning. The issue is the stain is in the padding and it is bleeding back through to the carpet. You best bet is to pull back the carpet in that area, cut out a square around the stained pad and have a new piece cut to fit it and clue it either to the floor or the seeds to the raw sides you cut. Lay the carpet back (good time to restretch that part of the carpet too if you can). If you want to hire someone to do, should be around $75, or you can pick up a scrap piece from a carpet store and do it yourself. Just let them know if you have 6 or 8 mm pad. 

 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just noticed you might be in a rental. Call the manager and explain that you have a stain coming up through the pad to the carpet. They should be able to send out a carpet guy to fix that section of pad. You may have to wait until they are already redoing another unit in the building but it will keep it from coming back after you clean it again. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Yeah it’s definitely in the padding which is why it keeps seeping up. The only way to get rid of it would be to clean or replace the padding. Or just put down a rug so you don’t see it, if it’s the right kind of area.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a large spot in my last apartment. I mixed up a concoction of 1/2 ammonia 1/2 hot water. I liberally sprayed the spot and then let it soak for a few minutes. Then place a clean cloth over the spot and put a hot iron over that. Just keep moving the iron around the  stain. Be careful though because the ammonia is super strong. I had to do this twice because, like you, I think the stain was in the padding so it came back a bit after a few weeks. After the second time, it was totally gone!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@fzesguer:  +1, Zep is the best. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sit1010:  I use Zep stuff for everything! My fave is the shop soap that we use after working on our cars

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@fzesguer:  We’ve only used the spot and stain remover so far. The only thing it doesn’t seem to work on is dog pee lol. It helps but doesn’t completely eliminate it. My stepsister uses the stainless steel appliance cleaner and loves it too. 

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