Spot is in quotes in the subject because my problem really isn't a spot
but rather a long smear of some sorts about 10 feet long. I think that
it was a heavy suitcase or trunk that may have been dragged and ground
either some plastic or a peice of eyeliner or pencil crayon or who knows
I tried steam cleaning and using carpet spot remover with oxyclean and no
luck. My plan tonight is to try googone.
Carpet is a light grey coloured berber (closed loop) and the mark is black.
Any suggestions are welcome.
I was thinking it was something like this. Or perhaps the edge of the
heavy object (I am suspecting a large suitcase with a broken wheel) melted
and fused itself to the fibres. I would suspect that the light grey fibres
would have just melted and stayed the same or similar colour, that is why I
think it may be part of the object that rubbed off onto the carpet.
Unfortunately this mark is right smack in the middle of the carpet.
You could get a contrasting color of the same type of carpet and
cut in an accent diamond as a focal point in the center of the
room. Very impressive if done in two tones. I've done this for
several folks who didn't want to change the entire carpet.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
Solvents like paint thinner or acetone may dissolve if plastic, eyeliner
or crayon. Bleach and soaps are not going to attack such a stain except
by mechanical removal. Make sure you do a test area before attacking
spot with solvents.
Plastic probably would not rub off onto carpet, and if pencil should be
just a thin line. Rubber - bike tire? Tar? I would try mineral spirits
and isolate the fibers if possible so that if you do dissolve the stuff
it won't soak down further into the carpet. Try wrapping a flat blade,
like a putty knife, with clean cloth and put in down into the carpet
pile alongside the stain. Then take a cloth well wrung out in m.s. and
wipe the stained pile. Good idea to try on inconspicuous spot first.
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