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Water Ring Removal from Carpet


Water Ring Removal from Carpet

Water rings or stains can form a ring-shaped mineral deposit in carpet. As a general rule, wet moves to dry; so as the moisture spreads, any contaminants that are in whatever spilled (such as from a leak in the ceiling or a dripping pipe) are pushed to the outside of the spill. This deposit can extend deep into the pile and spread out as far as the water traveled.


Here's the vital step that should not be missed when treating water rings: be sure to treat not only the surface staining but also at least 3–4 inches around the visible ring. That's because mineral deposits and other contaminants have often traveled much farther than the naked eye can see. If the outer area is not thoroughly treated, the problem often recurs and leads to customer complaints.



  1. With a pump-up sprayer, apply Matrix Target Tannin Stain Remover diluted at 4 oz per gallon of water, focusing application around the outer ring.
  2. Agitate with a bone spatula working from the outside to the inside of the circle. Blot with a spotting towel.
  3. Using an extraction machine, rinse with water, thoroughly extract the area, and lastly blot dry with a clean white towel and tamping brush.
  4. OPTIONAL: Treat the area with an encapsulant, such as Matrix Double Strength Encapsulant diluted at 4 oz per gallon of water. As the area dries, any remaining residue or mineral deposits that wick up would be crystalized and easily removed with subsequent vacuuming.


Warning: Always test materials for colorfastness, follow label directions, and never mix products unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary.

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  1. ea Econ Tank Sprayer‑2Gal
    ea Econ Tank Sprayer‑2Gal
    The Economy Tank Sprayer is an economical sprayer with an adjustable cone jet for use when only mild, water-based chemicals are to be used. This sprayer is ideal for carpet protectors, deodorants, and some traffic lane cleaners (pre-sprays).
    • 2-gallon capacity
    • Adjustable spray nozzle
    • Not for use with solvents
  2. Bone Spatula
    Bone Spatula

    No carpet care professional can afford to be without this 4.5" x 3/4" spatula that features smooth, round edges for optimal gunk removal. This essential tool is particularly effective when dealing with tough gum removal problems.

    • Smooth and round edges for easy gum removal
    • Perfect for working spotting solution into carpet
    • A must-have for every carpet cleaner
  3. Nylon Spotting Brush
    Nylon Spotting Brush

    This 10-inch-long spotting brush features short, stiff white nylon bristles that stand up well against daily tamping and brushing activities. Use this brush for agitating spotting solutions for thorough cleaning performance.

    • Ideal for use on tough spots
    • Stiff nylon bristles maximize your results
    • 10 inches long
  4. Matrix® Target Tannin Stain Remover
    Matrix® Target Tannin Stain Remover

    Target is ideal for removing alkalines and tannin stains, such as coffee, tea, urine, perfume, and others. This acid-side spotter can also be used for correcting browning, dye reversal, and setting fugitive dyes. It is also excellent for removing ice melt residue.

    • Acid spotter ideal for correcting browning
    • Removes alkalines, coffee, tea, urine, and perfumes
    • pH: 0.05–1.0
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Dilute 2–6 ounces per gallon of water

    Starting at $12.81

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