WARNING: Household Chemical May “Spot” Your Carpet

Many modern-day household chemicals serve to improve our lives, however they may cause mysterious carpet spots when they come in contact with carpet or other dyed fabrics. Depending on humidity and temperature, discolorations may not appear until several days after the carpet was exposed to the chemical. The stain-resistant properties of ANSQ® IV nylon cannot control such chemical reactions; therefore, the consumer must take precautions to prevent them. Here are some of the common culprits:

  • Acne Medicines. Most skin care products contain benzoyl peroxide, which is a powerful oxidizing agent in the presence of humidity. Hand or facial residue can be unknowingly brushed onto carpel It is recommended that a strong soap be used by the acne medicine user to make certain that the residue is not left on the face and hands.
  • Household Cleaners. Tile, toilet bowl, drain and oven cleaners contain strong acids or alkali which can weaken the carpet fiber and cause “bleeding”. Exercise caution when using these cleaners around carpeted areas.
  • Bleaches. Chlorine and oxygen bleaches, mildew killers and swimming pool chemicals, which can be tracked into the home by unknowing swimmers, will cause yellow spots.
  • DMSO. Dimethysulfoxide, which is commonly used for pain relief in medicines for arthritis, back problems, athletic injuries and muscular aches can cause rapid loss of color on carpet due to its solvent action.
  • Insecticides and Pesticides. Products most often involved are Malathion, Diazinon, Vapona, and many others. When using indoors, apply insecticide in a fan-shaped mist and only to baseboards-never directly onto carpet.
  • Plant Foods. Liquid plant food spills or leakage from flower pots can cause oxidation spots. These typically start near the carpet backing and progress to the carpet surface sometimes not apparent for months.

Prevention is the Key

Once a spot of discoloration on the carpet occurs, the damage is done, and carpet restoration or replacement may be necessary. If you know that one of these chemicals has been in contact with your carpet, consult a professional carpet cleaner to have the chemical extracted as soon as possible. Do not attempt to remove the chemical yourself.

Your carpet is an expensive investment. Take the necessary precautions to assure that it stays beautiful for a long time.