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Recommendations on cleaning up pure carbon from carpets

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Hey guys,

Got a call from a local pipe fitter, guess he had been working on a natural gas fireplace and was shop vacuuming out a section before he started working on it, only the shop vacs filter tore and ended up shooting out a ton of carbon build up out the back end onto the clients carpets. The clients have tried to vacuum it out, rented a rug doctor and have tried various methods to clean it but a black spot remains. Ill be heading out at the end of the month to give it a cleaning(they are out of town till then) Just wondering if Carbon is particularly hard to remove or if its just that a shitty rug doctor would be naturally ineffective at removing it, and if it is a hard to remove stain what products would you suggest? Have never had a carbon stain before so figured id ask some of the more experienced guys here. Thanks!
 
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not sure but weve done figer print dust after customers have had break ins. Also after the customer went to town scrubbing it hard into the carpet with a home cleaner.

one product I swear by is Kleenrite Dissolve, it stinks but its one of those spotters that is unlike any others out there. That will take out carbon or tar.

Basically the only spotters we use are Fels, 40 vol, dissolve, and a reducer for red/colored stains

dissolve is rarely used but its really effective for the right situation when you think youll need a patch
 

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Hey guys,

Got a call from a local pipe fitter, guess he had been working on a natural gas fireplace and was shop vacuuming out a section before he started working on it, only the shop vacs filter tore and ended up shooting out a ton of carbon build up out the back end onto the clients carpets. The clients have tried to vacuum it out, rented a rug doctor and have tried various methods to clean it but a black spot remains. Ill be heading out at the end of the month to give it a cleaning(they are out of town till then) Just wondering if Carbon is particularly hard to remove or if its just that a shitty rug doctor would be naturally ineffective at removing it, and if it is a hard to remove stain what products would you suggest? Have never had a carbon stain before so figured id ask some of the more experienced guys here. Thanks!
I haven't done that exact thing before, but have done carpets with a lot of soot from burning wood and w/o the right cleaner it wasn't hard to get out it was impossible. I added a citrus booster to my prespray and prescrubbed really well, extra dwell time, and used the Rotovac XL on it last time. Came out great. Even though they vacuumed and attempted to clean it a thorough vacuum will be in order. I keep a little extra strong prespray boosted with citrus in a trigger sprayer for use on stubborn areas. You might want to use a prespray made for polys on this one.
 

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Carbon comes in many forms. Diamonds are pure carbon. If those are on the carpet, just suck them up in the vacuum.

Soot is also carbon. So, just think of it as removing soot. For small areas a filtration soil remover such as Bridgeport's Filter Free works well. It includes a cationic hydrotope that helps overcome the van der Waals forces that hold the small particles to the carpet.

Give it dwell time and mild agitation. If that does not do it completely, Avenge Pro is a foaming spot remover that will lift the remaining carbon off the fiber and into the foam. Use with mild agitation.

This will be easier to remove from nylon, especially if it had protector applied, than from polyester or olefin. One more benefit of nylon and of using carpet protector.

If you have areas that are too large to clean as a spot removal job, use a prespray with some Citrus Solv boost.