Stain removal is difficult and inevitable. Accidents happen to all of us and we all remember being young and spilling drinks and food all over the floors, the carpets and the furniture at home. Now that we are adults, buying houses and furniture, we want to take better care of our investments. The important thing is to make sure that proper stain removal is done as quickly as possible. If it is not possible to get immediate professional help, DO NOT TRY REMOVING THE STAIN YOURSELF. Often, this causes more damage. Simply use a paper towel to soak up as much of the stain as possible and call Raysco, Inc. This is the best way to avoid permanent stains that can be caused by foods, pets and chemicals.
Raysco, Inc. uses the most advanced hot water extraction cleaning system available. This is often called hot water extraction, warm water extraction or steam cleaning. This method of carpet cleaning is recommended by nearly all carpet manufacturers and carpet fiber producers. Our solutions clean your carpets without using synthetic chemistry. Our carpet solution turns all soils and surface residues into free rinsing soaps and is the perfect rinse aid to neutralize alkali or acid residues from carpets and upholstery. As it cleans it converts from an alkali to an acid and contains no pH by the time the carpet is dry. Ask our technicians about 3M Scotchgard protectant and pet odor removal options.
Having pets is definitely a great thing. They make everyone at home happy and are great companions, but they are also very likely to cause stains in your home. Carpets, chairs and couches are often the casualties of pets. Another issue with pets is the odor they leave on things, which requires different cleaning. Those of us who have pets know that even in the best of circumstances, accidents happen, and Raysco, Inc. is here to help. The accumulation of microscopic salts and organic matter on carpet fibers, combined with foot traffic, work together to cause damage to the material of your carpets as well as the padding below. Carpet with urine on it that is not properly cared for can lead to permanent damage to the carpet fibers, carpet backing, carpet pad, floorboards and even the walls and foundation of a home. Urine will permeate into wood, dry and become even more concentrated and pungent.
The reason pet urine is such a big deal when talking about carpet and upholstery stain removal is that urine starts out as uric acid before transforming into alkaline crystals as it dries. You can read all the online articles you want to do it yourself, but the best you are going to get is to cover up the aroma of urine.
Pet Odor Remediation is the science of removing the urine salts and organic matter that are left after stain removal to remove the cause of odor in your furniture, rugs, drapery and carpets. This requires special solutions designed to break down and remove the odor, leaving your home as fresh and clean to the nose, as it appears to the eyes. We also recommend having carpets treated with 3M Scotchgard protectant, so when there is an accident, the damage to your carpet is minimized.
Check out our Odor Removal Page for more info.
Kids can be quite messy sometimes, but even adults are likely to spill drinks and food in many areas of the house. Eating in bed or while watching TV on the couch are both scenarios that often lead to spills. Wine and coffee the most common accidents for grownups to have and they are very messy stains. The good news is that these stains can be removed entirely, even from white material.
Wine stains are notoriously difficult to remove from carpet and furniture, especially red wine stains. Google it and you'll probably get several websites all telling you to make a baking soda paste, apply it, and vacuum it up once it has dried. Often this will make it look like the stain is gone, but what really happens is the wine seeps into the padding under the carpet. If you were to spill water on that same spot and step on it while wet, that stain will come right back up to the surface. Wicking, the process of stains returning to the surface, will also occur after cleaning if the carpet is not dried out properly.
Without professional stain removal, wine stains damage your carpet and your padding.
Coffee stains are just as bad as red wine. Their dark color and oils make coffee stain removal extremely difficult. Google it and you'll probably get several websites telling you to make a white vinegar and dish soap solution to remove the stain. While this may take out the coffee color, it is entirely ineffective at removing dirt, grime, and oils. Plus, you are still leaving dish soap and vinegar in your carpet and padding. The acidity of the vinegar breaks down the carpet fibers and glue, while dish soap is only effective at removing dirt if you rinse the soap entirely from your carpet or furniture. Not only that, but dish soap leaves a residue that will collect dirt, eventually creating a larger soil stain. Unfortunately, carpet doesn't have a rinse function like your washing machine does.
Red dye is an extremely difficult stain to remove from carpets and furniture. Blue, yellow, green, and other food colors are not any easier, but the red is so dark and rich that it has an easier time discoloring your carpet and furniture. As with any stain, poor cold water on it immediately and try to soak up as much as you can with paper towels. Then call Raysco, Inc. to come remove the stain all together.
When any carpet ends up damaged, the stain removal experts need to assess the situation and decide on the best course of action to remove the stain. Grease stains are often the hardest because most people end up spreading the stain further when they try to clean it. Proper treatment is also required once the job is done. A good protectant is going to be very useful to avoid further damage.
Smoke damage is much more powerful and common than people think. If you live in a home with people who smoke, the stains on the furniture are going to start showing over the years. This sort of stain is evenly spread throughout the furniture and carpet. Therefore, it can be hard to see it until it becomes extremely evident.
DO NOT USE HOT WATER ON BLOOD STAINS. HOT WATER WILL PERMANENTLY SET BLOOD STAINS. The last thing we want at home is to have any kind of accident that involves injury. When this does happen, we are likely to bleed on the furniture or the carpet. Blood is very difficult to clean, and it requires very specialized products and equipment to remove the stain. There are several websites that will tell you to use hydrogen peroxide for blood stain removal. DO NOT USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE ON BLOOD STAINS. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent and will remove all the color from your carpet or furniture fibers, leaving a discolored stain that is permanent.
Blood stains may also require biohazard measures. Check out our Biohazard Cleanup Page for more information.