A spot and a stain, do you know the difference? Knowing this information could help you fix an accident instead of making it worse. We often hear people describe everything on their carpet as a spot, but rarely is that actually the case. Understanding the difference also helps professional carpet cleaners like TruRinse best serve our clients and treat each situation with proper care. 

So, what is the difference between a spot and a stain?

What is a spot? 

A spot on your carpet usually consists of a fresh substance spilled or tracked onto the surface of your carpet, something you can feel. It can be a foreign particle or any sort of substance. The majority of the spot can generally be treated and removed right away and without much effort. A spot on your carpet could be the result of a food spill, make-up, or soil.  

Sometimes spots can remain on your carpet for a long time, and if not cleaned properly, can seem to be a stain.  

What is a stain? 

A stain is a much deeper issue and is something that can be seen but not felt. This is where the color, fiber structure, and padding of the carpet has been permanently altered by the addition of dyes. A stain occurs when a substance like a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, pet accident, or a juice box is spilled on the carpet and is absorbed into the carpet fibers, without properly being cleaned up, causing long-term damage to your carpet. 

Oftentimes, even professional carpet cleaners can give you misinformation about spots and stains.  At Trurinse, our approach is designed to truly rinse your carpet of all spots, and many times our customers are shocked because we were able to get “stains” out that other carpet cleaners in Utah couldn’t. What might be a stain, and impossible for some carpet cleaners to clean out, may not be as it seems. 

We love getting those pesky spots and “stains” out, and this is why we guarantee you will be amazed. We are willing to give it a try so that we leave you satisfied with your clean. While we cannot promise we can get everything out, you can count on us to be upfront, and talk you through what’s happening with your specific carpet and spot and stains. 

Knowing Your Carpet Fibers & How to Treat the Spot or Stain 

It is essential that you know the kind of carpet you have in your home to treat a spill. Manufacturers often have specific cleaning guidelines or cleaning solutions that work best for the material in your carpet. It’s important to test out all cleaning solutions on a small portion of your carpet before applying it to a large spot or stain. Also do not soak your carpet with solution or water, this can cause further damage to your carpet. 

Removing a spot is often easier than removing a stain due to the fact that stains move deep inside carpet fibers, essentially becoming a part of the carpet and changing its color or structure. Knowing the difference between the two will guide you better in how to clean it up, with the best results. 

 Treating Spots and Stains 

While it’s always recommended to use a professional cleaner for spot and stain removal, speed is key when dealing with a spill and keeping it from becoming a permanent stain. So, while you wait for the professionals, here are a few steps you can follow when tackling a spot or stain in your carpet. 

Don’t forget, TruRinse is just a phone call away. 

Step One: Remove Any Excess Liquid or Solids 

Scrape away any excess foreign matter from the carpet using something like a spoon or butter knife as quickly as possible. It is important to note that you NEVER want to rub or scrub your carpet when you are cleaning it. This can cause permanent damage to your carpet fibers. Be gentle and blot away any excess liquid moving from the outside of the spill inward; this will contain the spill and keep it from spreading out further. Repeat this step until the cloth no longer absorbs anymore of the spill. 

Step Two: Bolt the Spot and Do Not Soak the Spill

Make sure you blot the spill with a clean, absorbent, and damp cloth. It’s recommended to use cold water when treating a spill that is food, beverage, or water-based paint. Warm or hot water generally works best with protein-based stains, gum, or lotion. 

It’s best to use small repeated actions of blotting with water and then blotting dry and avoid over-wetting. 

Over-wetting a spill can lead to wicking. Wicking happens when the carpet has absorbed moisture all the way down to the backing or padding of the carpet and can cause stains to reappear, and cause permanent damage to a larger area than the original spill. Even though the carpet surface may look clean, over time, the deep stains in the carpet are pushed back up the fibers and appear on the carpet’s surface again.  

Step Three: Apply Carpet Cleaning Solution as Directed 

It is important to know the type of carpet you and check that the cleaning solutions you are using are safe for your specific carpet type. Before applying any carpet cleaning solution to a stain, you should read, and carefully follow all the product’s directions. Don’t forget to conduct a pretest on a hidden area of carpet before applying the cleaning solution directly to the spot or stain.

If you are going to use a cleaning solution, we recommend using the TruRinse Spotter Bottle, because it is an all natural cleaning solution and is designed to help you get the spot out. 

If you’ve tried everything and you still have carpet spots or stains, you need the help of a professional carpet cleaner. TruRinse is a top rated professional carpet spot and stain remover here in Utah, and we are available to help from Tooele to Park City, Salt Lake City to Payson. 

We offer deep cleaning and stain protection solutions that can help keep your carpets clean and looking fresh for a long time. We use only the safest and best methods that don’t include harsh chemicals for cleaning and restoring your carpet.

Don’t let those spots and stains sit any longer! Give your carpet a fast and efficient refresh today!  Call TruRinse at (801) 226-6827 or book an appointment online with us today!  

 

Trisha K.
Trisha K.
Oh my word these guys... are awesome! I heard about them from a friend who does daycare and decided to give them a try (i have used other in the past, usually disappointing-zerorez was sadly the worst)... I asked for the same technician she used (Jacob) just to be on the safe side, but was assured all their technicians are great ;).... these guys were kind, professional, fast and my carpets look BEAUTUFUL! After a huge Easter party, we had silly putty, baby food pouch splatter, throw up etc, i mean my carpet was rough! So got i called the next day lol! They were able to come out when i needed and really did a fabulous job! Thankyou sooo much!!! Supernice that they cared they did their job they didn't add any extra fees, not for anybof those spots, nothing! Way to run a good business!:)read more
Becky D.
Becky D.
Excellent service,... excellent cleaning. Highly recommend! We were dealing with a major pet issue in one of our bedrooms and TruRinse worked some serious magic. We'll be using them every time!read more
JR
JR
Jacob was really great... to work with. He walked through the process with us and did a very thorough job. Turned out awesome!read more
Jessica M.
Jessica M.
Allan and Vince did an... amazing job! I’m very happy with the results!read more
Courtney A.
Courtney A.
Everyone I worked with... was so kind! The techs who came and cleaned the carpet were kind, quick, and efficient! We will absolutely go with TruRinse again next time we need our carpets cleaned!read more
Brad K.
Brad K.
Matt came to the house... to clean and stretch carpets. He was awesome! Not only was he very polite, careful and timely but he also did an amazing job with everything. Solid job, highly recommend!read more
Sandy B.
Sandy B.
I always use True Rinse.... I have been very satisfied with their service and their technician. They do a fabulous job and a really good job when they cleanl upholstery. I only use them where as I used to use others who had great deals but not anymore . True Rinse has great deals too but even if they didn’t , I would still only use them . I have never had any issues with them and they have always cleaned up after themselves. I’m a lifer!!!😊read more
melanie S.
melanie S.
Jacob cleaned my carpets... better than they have ever been cleaned before he did an excellent job!!!read more
Samantha M.
Samantha M.
We are thrilled with... TruRinse! Blake did an AMAZING job with our carpets, stairs and couch. Blake was very knowledgeable and honest with the many questions we had. He was also very punctual, polite and professional.The person who booked our appointment was very kind and made booking a breeze. Once the carpet dried, it looks and feels brand new! We will absolutely use TruRinse again and be recommending them to all of friends and family. Thank you!!read more
Kimberly D.
Kimberly D.
I was amazed at the... results! You could see it with one stroke! Matt and Kaleb came out to clean my sectional that was SO dirty from my husband and toddler! They did an excellent job and it looks brand new! I wish I would have taken a before picture to show how amazing they did! While they were there, I asked them about an area rug I had. They were very knowledgeable about it and had no problem adding a cleaning service for it last minute! I couldn’t believe the difference it made! They also showed me how to upkeep my sectional and rug in between cleans and what to do if something spills on them! Added bonus: NO CHEMICALS! Never have to worry about kid or pet safety 😍 we also had them do a tack room at our ranch! I will forever be a TruRinse customer! The pictures speak for themselves! Thanks Matt and Kaleb!read more
Ralph & Diana P.
Ralph & Diana P.
Professional and fair.
M M
M M
They did a great job on... my rugs!read more
Tami W.
Tami W.
Jed did a really great... job. He was very friendly and thorough!read more
Tracey B.
Tracey B.
I am so impressed with... TruRinse carpet cleaning. Vince was my technician and he took such good care to clean my carpets. He attended to the smallest detail!read more
Grant E.
Grant E.
Blake did a great job... cleaning and treating my carpets…TruRinse always comes through with terrific service. We use them every year and have for a long time!read more
Kim D.
Kim D.
The employee’s that... cleaned my carpets did a great job, timely, polite, took extra care with my stains. My carpets look great!read more
Ash P.
Ash P.
Jason was quick and... professional, did an awesome job.read more
Sayer L.
Sayer L.
I called five different... companies and they were the only one that could get me in ASAP. They showed up within a half hour and surpassed all expectations. I will for sure be using them again.read more
Toni C.
Toni C.
Had the TruRinse team... out again to spring clean my carpets and chair! Our technician was very knowledgeable and very kind, he took extra care making sure our baseboards and door frames weren’t scuffed from the hoses!!! Our carpet and chair look brand new again! Thanks again TruRinse team, we will never use anyone else!!!read more
Erin B.
Erin B.
We thought we were going... to have to replace our carpet in our family room. It was dirty from wear and tear and coming up where it met the hardwood floors. Matt and Ben came and made it look good as new. They were prompt and friendly and saved us so much money.read more
Tesla W.
Tesla W.
Mich was amazing. Very... professional and helpful. Will never use a different carpet company again.read more
Sandy P.
Sandy P.
Had a fabric chair... cleaned that had issues with urine smell. The guys did it fast and it smelled great last time I checked.read more
Robyn M.
Robyn M.
This is the second time... we’ve hired this company and they’ve gone above and beyond both times. We had Andrew clean our carpets today and he was so positive, professional, attentive, and generous. The carpets look amazing. He was able to get crushed slime out of our master bedroom carpet and toddler urine out of my daughter’s bedroom. 😂 You would never know how much my kids abuse these carpets based on these “after” pictures. Thank you, Andrew and the TruRinse team who set up the appointment and communicated so clearly. I will continue to recommend you to everyone I know and will be reaching out in the future for another cleaning! Also, I REALLY appreciate the very clean, fragrance free, natural salt product you use! It cleans so well without any of the junk!!! 👏👏👏read more
Krista W.
Krista W.
I loved the guys who... came to do carpets and my sofa. I didn’t think the sofa was so dirty until it was clean againread more
Rodger S.
Rodger S.
From appointment setting... over the phone to the technicians the experience was great. We are pleased with the results and value received.read more
Gina W.
Gina W.
I got online Sunday... afternoon to find a carpet cleaner who didn't use chemicals and saw TruRinse. I reached out to them in a message. Promptly Monday morning I got a text saying they could come that same day. Not only did they arrive at the appointed hour, but they were kind and helpful. They listened to my needs and did a great job! I would definitely recommend them! From start to finish, we are so pleased!read more
Autumn M.
Autumn M.
I had them come and... clean my carpets and spot clean my couch before I moved out. Blake did an amazing job was very professional and made it look like it was brand new carpet got the stains out of my couch as well. I couldn't believe how clean it was very impressed and the price was just as good very low cost for an amazing clean and fresh smell not a bunch of chemical smells either a very clean fresh smell i love it. I will most definitely use them again and will be recommending them to everyone.read more
Melissa
Melissa
Vince and Andrew were... great! So accommodating, respectful and quick. I will use TruRinse every time I need my carpets cleaned. Also, did you know they can stretch your carpet if you have waves? Not the same day as cleaning but it’s a service they offer.read more
Andalin B.
Andalin B.
We are very happy with... this service. Matt did an exceptional job removing soap residue. Carpet looks great! Highly recommended!read more
Tamara B.
Tamara B.
Tru Rinse Technicians... are the BEST . They are always very professional and show 💯 professionalism to every detail. When they come into your home they treat it like it was there own and give all their attention to detail. Your home and carpets are in the Best of care with Tru Rinse.Your carpets will look better with each cleaning. True Rinse Carpet Cleaning Crew has made mine beautiful for 8 Years 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟THANK YOU !!!!!read more
Connie H.
Connie H.
Great job!!
Carrie G.
Carrie G.
My carpet looks and... smells fantastic. Great job, would use again!read more
Susan H.
Susan H.
Matt with TruRinse make... my carpet and tile floors look like new!! He did such a great job! I highly recommend Matt and his company!read more
Mary anne G.
Mary anne G.
We REALLY got our... money's worth!! The carpets are cleaner than they've ever been since original instalation 18 years ago... and we have kids and dogs!read more
Stephanie M.
Stephanie M.
Blake did a fantastic... job! He was prompt, professional and communicative!read more
Dana K.
Dana K.
Today I had Maxx and... Jed, and they did a fantastic job!!! Made sure to pretreat the numerous pet issues in the carpets and suggested to protect it afterward after removing stains and odors so easier to clean the next time which I thought was the GREATEST IDEA EVER!!! Carpet all looks brand-new and smells DELICIOUS!!! TruRins is the ONLY carpet cleaning I ever hire, and one other note is I had them clean my tile in my bathroom and the grout came out bright white like it had just been installed. So, HIGHLY recommend them and have been using them for at least 10 years now.read more
Patty C.
Patty C.
Blake and Ben were... amazing. Thanks so much!read more
Karen H.
Karen H.
We were so impressed... with the quality of work that was performed on our carpets. We had a bad stain in one area and they were able to completely remove the stain. We will definitely use this company again. Riley and Caleb were very friendly and professional.read more
Audrey K.
Audrey K.
Highly recommend using... this company for your carpet cleaning needs. I had a white rug that needed some serious attention, they did an excellent job and it looks so much better! Pricing is very reasonable, and the process did not take very long. Will be using them again.read more
Megan J.
Megan J.
TruRinse did a great... job. They were prompt, efficient and friendly.read more
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