What is Soiled Carpet?
We are going to give you an introduction to this type of disaster on your carpet and how to fix it the best way possible. So first, what is “soiled carpet”? Soiled definition states it as the presence of a stain, not necessarily as the result of a spill on the carpet. In other words, soiling means a consequence of a residual oily substance on the carpet fibers that attracts dirt particles.
A residue can be removed by a spot treatment product or a stick spill that wasn’t completely removed or rinsed. An oil-based product such as cooking or baby oil could cause a spill; however, it is frequently just caused by the bare-feet walking on the carpet. This way, by not wearing socks or slippers, the oils from our skin can be transferred to the carpet fibers and start causing the accumulation of dirt particles.
Just like with staining, individual fibers are more susceptible to soiling then others. For instance, Olefin is especially susceptible to oil-based products, soiling quite easily.
What is Soiled Carpet Best Prevention Method?
The top method to prevent soiling is making sure that all cleaning products on the carpet were completely rinsed from the fibers and that all spills on the carpet were completely cleaned. You can also use a homemade dry carpet cleaner to reduce the costs and effort. Using paper towels or a white towel, blot up as much of the product as possible. Next, depending on the size spot size, pour a little of lukewarm water on it and blot it up. You can repeat this step as many times as needed, just make sure you do not saturate the carpet.
Cover the spot with a stack of paper towels or a folded white towel to draw as much of the oil or cleaner out of the fibers. To improve the absorption, you can place something heavy over the towels, such as a pile of books, and leave it overnight.
To prevent the transfer of oils from your skin that contribute to soiling, you can also wear socks or slippers.
What Does Soiled Mean or Represent With Reappearing Spots?
No matter how careful you are, there’s always the risk of spilling something on your carpet, such as coffee. And even after removing a coffee stain, you can sometimes see that a spot appears again on the carpet. When it comes to stains, this process is called wicking, which means the spill has soaked into the backing of the carpet, or even to the underpad, to slowly make its way back up the to the fibers at the top of the carpet.
When it comes to the soiling, it only means that the oil or residue remains on the carpet and is trapping dirt particles again.
Repeat the rinsing/cleaning procedure if you notice the spot reappearing. It may require many treatments before all the trace is gone, as it depends on the nature of the substance on the carpet.