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Topic # 140565 12-Feb-2014 22:22
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Anyone come across this phenomena.? We moved a rimu chest in our lounge in prep for new carpet laying and noticed a large brown stain on the existing carpet where the chest was. To be honest we haven't moved the chest in at least 4 years and the carpet has rubber underlay (that wavy sort) and then concrete.

I read online that overseas furniture stains do occur on carpet but I have never seen it here.

Anyone else have this?

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  Reply # 986516 12-Feb-2014 23:32
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Was the chest varnished or had a wood stain put on it? My guess is that it's been absorbed by the carpet over time. I don't know how that stuff works but maybe if it got particularly hot and sweats/melts a bit of the varnish off, it might do that?




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  Reply # 986519 12-Feb-2014 23:39
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Did the stain follow the chest? Or does it have a more spilled look to it?

Where in your lounge was the chest? Near a window or corner?

Does the stain smell?




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  Reply # 986547 13-Feb-2014 07:43
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Chest was varnished I think but base looks stained . We kept it under the window in a corner out of the way.

Stain feels slightly damp but does seem to smell

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  Reply # 986551 13-Feb-2014 07:55
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mailmarshall: Chest was varnished I think but base looks stained . We kept it under the window in a corner out of the way.

Stain feels slightly damp but does seem to smell


What does it smell like? Varnish? Rotten? Or just a base damp fabric smell?

If it is damp i would doubt that the stain is just from the chest




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  Reply # 986656 13-Feb-2014 11:05
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my thoughts are that just the humidity of the air might of been enough to very slowly liquefy the stain and then it is able to get into the carpet.

may i suggest that you have it raised up so that there's about a 1cm-1inch air gap just to allow some amount of airflow underneath (for drying) so it wont happen to your new carpet? (a few cork coasters or similar under each corner should be fine to raise it)



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  Reply # 986673 13-Feb-2014 11:30
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mailmarshall: Chest was varnished I think but base looks stained . We kept it under the window in a corner out of the way.

Stain feels slightly damp but does seem to smell


What does it smell like? Varnish? Rotten? Or just a base damp fabric smell?

If it is damp i would doubt that the stain is just from the chest


Smells musty and damp. Some interesting thoughts from the posters - especially around slow liquify. I am not worried as t the old carpet is going but good to know reasons.

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  Reply # 986675 13-Feb-2014 11:34
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The stain from your chest will have been drawn into the carpet because of the damp.  Before you replace the carpet, you need to figure out where that's coming from, or the new carpet will also be ruined.

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  Reply # 987004 13-Feb-2014 21:18
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Is the house on piles with timber floor boards?



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  Reply # 987050 13-Feb-2014 22:18
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mattwnz: Is the house on piles with timber floor boards?


No concrete pad.

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