What’s the Difference Between a Carpet Stain and a Carpet Spot?

Carpet Spot Stain Difference

People can be messy, especially when they are at the office. After all, it is a place employees spend five days, 40 hours (or more), every week. So, it may not come as a surprise there will be occasions the carpet starts to show some wear and tear from foot traffic and debris from the parking lot, muddy weather patterns, or people in your building simply spilling food.

Your first thought may be to give the carpet a thorough vacuuming, in hopes that will remove all the crumbs or loosen any stains that have been starting to build up. But unfortunately, that won’t always solve your problem—especially if you start to notice a carpet stain getting bigger or a carpet spot getting darker. But what if you can’t tell the difference?

We would like to share why these two nuisances are very different—and what we recommend as far as getting rid of them once and for all.

What is a carpet spot?

According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a carpet spot can be “the result of a material adding substance or texture to a fabric or surface.” In other words, a carpet spot’s substance or texture lives on the outside of the carpet fibers.

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How does a spot differ from a carpet stain?

Stains take on a different nature. The IICRC defined a carpet stain as the “the result of a material adding color (without texture) to a fabric or surface.” Basically, a stain doesn’t contain texture on the outside of the carpet fibers—like a spot does. In that case, a carpet stain tends to be a problem on the inside of the carpet fibers that has stained the color of the carpet and will be much harder to pull out.

So, you’ve figured out which one it is, but now what?

There are many carpet spot and stain removers on the market, but it’s important to be cautious when thinking about trying to save money by doing the job yourself. In fact, it’s tricky to know which chemical product you should buy since many of them could make the problem worse if not treated correctly for your facility’s carpet type.

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Are you not up for figuring out a stain versus a spot? Or is there a carpet spot or carpet stain that’s been an eyesore to your customers? That’s where City Wide can help you. Whether your facility needs help with vacuuming, stain removal, extraction/steam cleaning, deodorizing and sanitizing, walk-off mat fitting, carpet removal, carpet installation, upholstery cleaning, or floor remediation, we are ready to help. Additionally, we offer 20+ other maintenance services.

Contact City Wide today to find out how we can eliminate the stress you may be facing with your maintenance needs.