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Do you have a Stain on your Rug or is it Color Loss ?



McCartin’s Services offers carpet dye repair. We may be able to restore your carpet color loss. Our steam cleaning service includes treatment of all stains. See our before and after pictures.


Often, I am asked to treat stains on rugs and carpets that are not actually stains but areas of color loss. On occasion I am also asked to do a dye repair on a carpet only to see that it is not a color loss but a stain and cannot be dye corrected. Generally, a stain is a darker color than the carpet or rug it is on. A color loss area will typically be lighter in color than what it originally was.


Some of the causes for color loss and staining may include:


Scenario 1: A pet accident or some other spill occurs on a rug or carpet. The responsible, well-meaning homeowner applies an over-the-counter oxidizing product. In an attempt to remove or prevent staining from the initial accident, the oxidizing product creates a new problem because it fades the carpet color (COLOR LOSS)


Scenario 2: A pet urinates on a rug or carpet. The responsible, well-meaning homeowner applies an over-the-counter product that helps mask the urine odor, but does not remove the urine completely. Once the area dries, the smell may not be as noticeable but what is noticeable is a yellow STAIN on light carpet. On dark carpet, the area may look like it has lightened. This is because the acid in the urine has caused a COLOR LOSS. In both cases, some of the original carpet dye has been lifted or lost and yellow from the urine has been deposited staining the carpet or rug fiber. This is more noticeable on light or white carpet. Urine essentially lifts carpet dye (COLOR LOSS) and deposits a yellow color (STAIN).


Scenario 3: A pet accident or some other spill occurs on a rug or carpet. The responsible, well-meaning homeowner applies an over-the-counter product that contains color. In an attempt to remove or prevent staining from the initial accident, the product creates a new problem because it STAINS the carpet with dye contained in its contents.


Scenario 4: Chemical spills occurs while moving from room to room while cleaning the house. It’s not uncommon for a bucket of floor cleaner or other cleaning products like toilet bowl cleaner get spilled onto a carpet. These harsh chemicals will remove color from a rug. It may not be noticeable right away, but unless you have neutralized the area immediately after the spill, color loss can occur.


If you have a carpet or rug that needs color correction, give us a call. We do carpet dye repair.




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