Long story short, cream carpet already fitted. Dropped cup of coffee on it,
got most up and went over it with a carpet shampoo machine. Turns out that
the floor is concrete with a kind of black surface (??), the wetness of the
carpet cleaner has lifted the black stuff through the underlay and through
the carpet so now have a nice grey circle on the surface.
The stain is about a third into the room and on the walking area between two
doors, so can't put hide it by putting furniture on top and a rug isn't
going to fit there either. We have a huge rug already in the centre of the
room, so there's only a few square metres of carpet showing, is it possible
to dye it a darker colour while it's in place? It's a lot of work and money
to replace the whole carpet. I know there'll still be a stain, but a dark
stain on a dark carpet looks better than a dark stain on a cream carpet.
It's not worth the increase in my next premiums! I could splash out on a new
carpet but I really didn't want the hassle of emptying the room and filling
it again... I've got a huge list of DIY to do and I'm not going to fit it
all in before the holidays are over :(
Do the same randomly all over with different volumes of coffee to start
with. That way you'll get a "deliberate" pattern of grey circles.
Taking the stain theme a bit further along, using a plastic bottle with
a narrow nozzle, like one for oiling hinges, add lines with red wine.
"Sensible" dye isn't likely to work helluva well, it'll be patchy and
probably won't really disguise the original circle. So you might as
well have fun and make a totally individual pattern so it looks like
it's a gosh-posh bohemian exclusive designer creation. Make enough
marks and nobody will think it's the sad result of a few accidents!
A L P
It might be a phenomenon called 'cellulistic browning' if the carpet has a
hession or jute backing, peel up a corner & have a look.
What can happen is that the natural dye in the backing is loosened by either
over wetting or too alkaline a detergent, and 'wicks' up the pile of the
carpet. Did the stain show more as the carpet dried?
If that is the case, you can use product called Browning Prescription from
This advice is worth what you paid for it :-)
Dave - The Medway Handyman
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