How to Remove Benzoyl Peroxide from Carpet


How to Remove Benzoyl Peroxide from Carpet

Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most common causes for mystery discoloration. It is a common ingredient in many types of acne medication and is often mixed into lotions, creams, and soaps.  Athlete’s foot medication also contains benzoyl peroxide.


Teenagers, in particular, will apply the medication to their faces and then not wash their hands, or not wash them well enough. Then, when they sit in front of the television and lean on their hands, the medication gets onto the fibers and causes discoloration. Sometimes you may see a handprint or even a footprint shape in the carpet.


The stain may not appear until the carpet or fabric is wet cleaned. This is a permanent form of color loss that cannot be removed. It will need to be spot dyed.



  1. When pre-inspecting a customer’s home, be sure to make clear notes of any areas that you think may cause a problem during cleaning. Be up front with your customer from the start to avoid problems later. Remember, any spot discovered before you clean is the customer’s problem. Any spot discovered after you clean is yours! 
  2. With a trigger sprayer, apply Matrix Reducing Agent undiluted to the spot to stop the spreading.


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

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