The The technique of buffing on off stain can be a very efficient staining method for large jobs. A self dissolving stain should be used which help blend areas together. Normally the buffing technique will require fifty percent less stain but the floor made be a slight shade lighter. Carpet pieces are a good choice for this staining method. All carpet yarn is manufactured from a Staple or Continuous Filament (BCF - Bulk Continuous Filamen) fiber. Staple fibers are only short, 6 to 7 inches long spun together to make the yarn. One of the characteristics of stapled yarns is noticeable "fuzzing" that continues for a few months after installation. BCF fiber is a continuous filament manufactured as one long string. BCF carpet works best for buffing on stains because it has less of a tendency to shed yarn fibers into the stain.

Carpets made with polyester fibers seem to be the best choice for buffing on stain. It has the correct absorbency characteristics. Polypropylene (Olefin) and Nylon have a very low absorbency rate. Wool only comes as a staple yarn which means it can have a tendency to experience the fuzzing effect.

Stain guard treatment are applied to many carpets. Test results have not determined if or which products could cause contamination to the stained floor. If possible try to use a carpet that is not treated with a stain guard product.

Staining with a buffer


2.) Apply and remove stain near the walls with the normal rag on rag method.

3.) Pore about a 1/2 cup of stain in the center of the carpet.

4.) Turn the carpet over.

5.) Start the buffer away from the wall, just incase.

6.) Buffing on stain

7.) Put on new piece of carpet.

8.) Buff off stain.

9.) Apply a 1/4 cup of stain to the old carpet piece.

10.) Continue apply stain. Blend new area to old.

11.) Buff off stain with the clean carpet piece.