Nothing is more frustrating than spending time, money, and effort getting rid of a stubborn carpet stain or odor when it just reappears weeks later. Perhaps you tried a DIY solution, a store-bought one, or maybe you even called a professional cleaner to remove the stain or smell. The spot looks good for a week or two and then is gradually begins to surface again. 

Luckily, Elmer’s Chem-Dry knows what’s causing this issue! Keep reading to find out why these stains and odors reappear and what you can finally do to solve the problem. 

What’s Causing Reappearing Stains and Odors?

1. Excess Moisture

If you called a steam cleaner to fix your stain, they may have just exacerbated the problem. Steam cleaners use an excessive amount of water to push stains deep into the carpet, causing them to “disappear.” Their equipment that extracts leftover moisture from the carpet isn’t strong enough to remove all the excess water. In other words, both the stain and the water moisture remain trapped in your carpet and possibly the carpet backing and padding. 

As your carpet continues to absorb the stain and begins to dry, the stain moves up the carpet fiber, causing the same stain to reappear later on.

How to Fix it

Next time you have a stain or odor left on your carpet, try a different carpet cleaning solutionpreferably one that uses less water. At Elmer’s Chem-Dry, we use Chem-Dry’s unique Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) cleaning process to clean carpets and upholstery in Fort Smith, AR. Our HCE process relies on the power of carbonation to clean and it uses 80% less water than steam cleaners in Fort Smith!

2. Soapy, Dirt-Attracting Residue

When a stain comes back, it’s most likely not an old stain reappearing, but a new stain that has attached to leftover cleaning residue. 

Both steam cleaners and some store-bought carpet cleaning machines use solutions that have lots of chemicals and soap. If too much soap is used or if your carpet isn’t rinsed well enough afterward, these solutions will leave behind a soapy, sticky residue that attracts dirt, bacteria, and odors.

How to Fix it

Again, Elmer’s Chem-Dry carpet cleaning in Fort Smith saves the day! Our safe, non-toxic, green-certified cleaning solution leaves no residue on your carpet. This means you don’t have to deal with reappearing stains, harsh chemicals, or stinky odors ever again! 

3. Pet Urine 

Pets tend to urinate in the same spot over and over again. Sometimes you immediately recognize when and where these accidents happen but other times it takes you a day or two to find them. When pets urinate on your carpet, the moisture sinks into the carpet fibers and the carpet padding and backing underneath. As the moisture dries, smelly, odor-filled urine crystals are left behind. 

Regular carpet cleaning can remove these urine stains, but the odor crystals stay trapped beneath the carpet and continue to release unpleasant odors into your home. 

How to Fix it

Our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T) at Elmer’s Chem-Dry was specifically designed to break down urine crystals and remove pet urine odors and stains for good. This treatment has actually been tested and research shows that it removes 99.9% of odors from and 99.2% of bacteria from pet urine in carpets.  

Remove Stubborn Stains And Odors

If you are sick of paying companies to remove stains that keep coming back or tired of testing homemade cleaning solutions, then call Elmer’s Chem-Dry! Our carpet cleaning in Fort Smith will remove stains and odors right the first time. Plus, it will make your home cleaner and healthier for your family and pets! Ditch traditional steam cleaning and take advantage of our revolutionary cleaning methods like our Hot Carbonating Extraction process and Pet Urine Removal Treatment. 

Want to remove stains and odors from your home in Fort Smith, AR and the surrounding area? Contact us today and get a free price estimate from Elmer’s Chem-Dry!