Fine powdered construction chalk used on cord to make lines on flat surfaces
inadvertently got on my 4 year old deep-piled carpet. It's water-soluble...
so it appears. However, in
discovering what it is, I used water and now it's deeper down the pile...
and may not be water soluble.
The spots started as two dark specs. I took a wet rag to one and it turned
bright reg. That's when I realized what it was. Must have been on a cuff of
my work pants as I passed in my stocking feet.
Any idea of how to get this put? I used a Green Machine but stopped short
thinking I'd just make a liquid that would go all the way to the mat. Aside
from a wet towel and careful rubbing (synthetic fiber tufts) I really don't
know what else to do. Is there a solvent for that chalk?
It seems you started with the wrong trick. I suggest waiting for it to
totally dry and then use a vacuum with a beater bar and see if that does not
work. It's going to be tough now that you got it deep in the carpet.
However ... I have not tried this under the conditions you noted. Wait
a while before you try it and see if someone else has some advice they have
If it's chalk (Calcium Carbonate) is not soluble in water, but is soluble in
carbonated water. Whatever coloring was used is another matter. If, for
example, an organic dye was use, strong acids may dissolve it (i.e., fuming
Nitric Acid - wear a Kerry-suit).
Calcium Carbonate does react with weak acids (i.e., vinegar) to produce
elemental Calcium and gunk.
I assume you have some of the original chalk. Experiment.
FYI, most nylon carpet is dyed in an acid solution. Because of this, I
wouldn't use any acid in the presence of a dye. You're likely to A) strip
some of the existing dye. or B) Cause the new dye (i.e. from the chalk) to
attach to the fiber.
The acid thing is why kool-aid stains are tough to get out of carpet. In
the carpet manufacturing business, the industry standard for stain
resistance used to be to heat cherry Kool-Aid to some ridculous temperature
and immerse a swatch of carpet, followed by immediate rinsing in cool water.
An excellent way to turn beige carpet pink!
Not bad advice.
BTW I did find out something interesting while in one of their offices
one day. Their primary cleaner/stain remover was Ivory Snow. Yep, the
stuff from the grocery store. Some may use other products, but this company
did not send their trucks out with anything else. They found they had a lot
less problems with damaged carpet and it worked.
Woolite makes a new carpet spot cleaner in a blue bottle that is worth a
shot. TOp rated by Consumer Reports and gets out all kinds of old stains in
my 8 year old carpet that other spotters did not handle.
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