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What is carpet wicking and what can be done about it?

What is carpet wicking and what can be done about it?

We often get called to re-clean carpet that has been cleaned and had a stain reappear.  The carpet gets cleaned, looks terrific, and then a few days later, the same stains come back! This can be very frustrating for homeowners, and if your carpet is cleaned correctly, it shouldn't happen.

The majority of the time, the reason for this repeated staining is wick-back. Wick- back is when stains soak to the padding/backing of the carpet. Once the carpet gets wet, the staining materials come up from the pad to the fibers on the surface of the carpet. This occurs with strong stains (coffee or wine) and can occur if the stain is removed, but the carpet takes too long to dry.

A great way to prevent wick-back is with fans. The use of powerful fans helps to create airflow and aid in quickly drying the carpet, which helps prevent wicking. There is also an encapsulate protector that can be applied at the end of the carpet cleaning. This protects from wick-back and helps prevent new stains.

It is essential to realize that some stains do become permanent. Bleach, permanent markers, and many other household items, when spilled onto the carpet, will permanently damage carpet dyes. There are no spotting solutions that will fix dye loss.

If you seem to be having wick-back issues, please contact Gator Clean for assistance in finding the best solution for your home!

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They did an outstanding job and we’re very helpful throughout the process. They found some unexpected problems and took care of it on the spot. We would definitely use them again.

Roxanne Powers
June 27, 2020

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Danielle and Kelly arrived early, very courteous and professional. My carpets look brand new. Great job ladies!! Thank you GatorClean.

Maureen McKenna
June 18, 2020

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Danielle and Kelly Did an awesome job on my carpet. Only men live here and the carpet was tarnished but they brought it back to life almost looks brand new. Great job guys.

Dewaine Lyals
May 26, 2020

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What a difference! Great job and super friendly!

Z.Marie Armstrong
April 28, 2020

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I feel so blessed to have found Gator Clean. Kelli and Danielle were very nice, professional, focused and punctual. It was obvious they knew what they were doing. Great job. Thank you. Carolyn Meadows

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February 20, 2020

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Gator Clean is a residential and commercial carpet and tile cleaning company, serving Lake, Sumter, Marion and surrounding counties.

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