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.
- 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.
- Agitate with a bone spatula working from the outside to the inside of the circle. Blot with a spotting towel.
- Using an extraction machine, rinse with water, thoroughly extract the area, and lastly blot dry with a clean white towel and tamping brush.
- 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.