If you spill orange soda on your carpet, it would make sense to have an orange stain left behind. Unfortunately, discoloration on carpet isn't this easy to ascertain, as discoloration can result from a number of different factors-- many of which you aren't even aware of. If your carpet is discolored and you can't seem to figure out why, here are just some of the reasons you might be dealing with this issue.
If you're experiencing graying on your carpet, it's probably occurring in high-traffic areas, such as a hallway or area near your front door. This gray discoloration is typically the result of heavy soiling and abrasion on the carpet surface. If you can catch this problem early enough, you can place a runner over the area and make it a point to vacuum frequently.
Additionally, you may also be able to have the area cleaned by a professional. However, should the graying be extensive or be an issue you've been dealing with for a while, it might be necessary to replace the carpet.
Another type of carpet discoloration that can be experienced is yellowing. Yellowing is most often experienced in rooms with limited or no natural light, like basements. This problem has to do with your carpet padding. Some padding contains Butylated Hydroxytoluene, or BHT. In areas like basements, the moisture in the air combined with the lack of natural light and ventilation cause the BHT to transform into a gas that can discolor the carpet and turn it yellow.
It's also common to see this form of discoloration under furniture that hasn't been moved in quite some time. When having new carpet installed, look for options that don't contain BHT to avoid this problem.
You might also notice discolored spots that look similar to a bleach stain. Wearing your shoes while walking on your carpet is likely the reason for this type of concern, especially if you have been walking on grass. Some of the chemicals used to make fertilizer can cause bleaching when they are tracked in on the bottom of your shoes.
Chemicals that are included in ice salt have also been known to cause a similar effect. The best way to avoid this is to take your shoes off when walking inside.
All of these issues can be avoided with proper carpet care on your part. Be mindful of your shoes and cover high-traffic areas. However, in the event you are dealing with discoloration, new carpet installation can restore the look of your floors.Share
15 December 2015
When we started renovating our home, I knew that it was going to be a long process. By the time we got to the flooring, I was tired of making big decisions. Part of me just wanted to give up and let the contractor choose something that he thought would mesh well with the rest of the paint colors. However, I realized that since I would be living with the flooring for awhile, I should really take the time to choose. I spent a few weeks evaluating different flooring samples, and I ended up going with a really nice travertine. This blog is all about finding the right flooring for your home.