Three Reasons Your Carpet Is Discolored

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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.

Graying

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.

Yellowing

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.

Bleaching

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.

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