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Question DetailsAsked on 2/26/2018

Our house was rented to a steel mill worker. Can you get the black spots he left out of the carpet?

We believe that residue from his work left a big black spot in the living room. The carpet cleaners were unable to remove it. Hoping that somebody might have experience with it.

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Likely if one spot (not general throughout house) had nothing to do with his job - likely oil or paint spill from his working on something in the house - auto part or appliance repair or such. If carpet cleaners tried not only normal carpet cleaning but also spray/foam spot removers, probably not going to get it out - likely to leave at least some noticeable mark. You could try rubbing alcohol, and if that does niot work try hand-rubbing in baby oil or WD-40 (considering that spot a lost cause so any damage done is not making it worse) working it with a rag to take the stain out, followed by Woolite Foaming carpet cleaner to remove the baby oil or WD-40 oil. If you think it might be paint or the above does not work, there are specialty chemical removers for that or use paint thinner (in small quantities and well-ventilated) with rapid wiping up with rags after application - will not harm most carpets. Laquer thinner and acetone would be much more likely to remove a tough stain, but also a lot more likely to damage the carpet, and of course much more of a fire hazard from the fumes. Will also dissolve most underlying padding materials.

Assuming the above does not work, sounds like time to withhold most or all of his damage deposit.

Common solution for single spot issues like this (mroe so in rentlas than owner-occupied homes) - have carpet guy cut out pieces of the existing carpet (assuming in otherwise acceptable condition for new rental) in squares or diamonds and insert new carpet in those spots. IF able to get a matching carpet fine but quite rare even if you have the original receipt for manufacturer and carpet and color.

Sometimes as a big square or diamond in the center of the carpet as an accent (so grossly mismatching carpet remnants can be used), occasionally I have seen it done with several squares, diamonds, or even a long stripe or X across the carpet to cover several such spots - usually making it symmetric in the process. Can work well for just a couple of spots if you get creative with the pattern or with how flattened out an X is - get beyond maybe 20-25% coverage of the floor area and generally cheaper to just replace the entire carpet.

Any carpet installation/repair company should be able to do this - for small areas can usually do in-place as is, for larger areas have to detension the carpet for the repair, then restretch it and refasten it around the edges. Inserts pieces can be sewn in for most permanent repair, or for all but large replacements there is special high-bond carpet seaming tape which works well for this (normal carpet joint tape does not hodl well for more than a few years to a decade).

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