How to Treat Bleach Spots in Carpet

Bleach Spot Treatment

Bleach is a permanent spot on most kinds of carpet (the main exception being olefin). Bleach is an oxidizing agent, which removes oxygen from carpet, rendering it colorless or with color damage. Bleach spots can appear white, orange, or have a yellowish tinge. Once re-moistened, the bleach remains active, so it must be neutralized before the carpet can be dyed.


Method 1: Spot Dyeing

  1. Using a trigger sprayer, apply textile Bleach Neutralizer to the spot. Dilute Bleach Neutralizer at 1 teaspoon in 4 oz of warm water or 6 tablespoons per quart of warm water.
  2. Spot dye the carpet using textile dyes diluted to aid in color matching.

Method 2: Cut and Replace

  1. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the bleached spot.
  2. Locate a spare scrap of carpet or use a the carpet from the back of a closet and cut out a replacement section with the cookie cutter.
  3. Making sure you have the carpet going in the same nap direction, use an adhesive disc and apply the new portion of carpet to the spot. If you took a piece of carpet from the back of a closet, use the bleached section you removed to fill the empty spot in the closet. If you used a scrap piece of carpet, simply toss the bleached section in the trash.

Warning and Cautions: Always test material for colorfastness, follow label directions, and never mix product unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary.

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  1. 5th Generation Dye Set Penetrant

    Dye Set Penetrant can be used with all types and brands of carpet dye, under acid or alkaline conditions and with spray or rotary dyeing systems. It reduces existing dye and labor costs by 30-50%!

    • Can be used with all types and brands of carpet dye
    • Required for powder dyes, nylon, wool and stain-resistant carpet
    • Contains agents for maximum penetration of dye
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Dilute 1/2 ounce per gallon of water

    Starting at: $30.40

  2. Cookie Cutter Carpet Repair Kit

    This cookie cutter is ideal for fast and simple repair of burns and other minor carpet damage. Self adhesive disk eliminates need for glue kit. Includes cookie cutter tool, extra blade, six disks, and instruction booklet

    • Cookie cutter for fast and simple repairs
    • Includes tool, extra blade and 6 disks
    • Self adhesive disk eliminates need for glue kit
  3. Trigger Sprayer Heavy-Duty

    This high volume, 1.0 cc per stroke, heavy-duty trigger sprayer fits most standard spray bottles with a 28/400 neck. It comes with a 9-1/4-inch dip tube fitted with a filter screen to keep impurities from entering the trigger chamber.

    • 1.0 cc per stroke high-volume output
    • Fits most trigger spray bottles
    • Adjustable spray pattern
    • Leakproof venting
    • Filters out impurities from trigger
  4. 5th Generation Bleach Neutralizer (1 GL)

    Bleach Neutralizer stops the chemical reaction of bleach on carpet fibers and dyes and neutralizes it on contact. It should be used any time a bleach spot is re-dyed

    • Neutralizes chlorine bleach on contact
    • Use when bleach spots are re-dyed>
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet

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