How to Treat Bleach Spots in Carpet
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
- 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.
- Spot dye the carpet using textile dyes diluted to aid in color matching.
Method 2: Cut and Replace
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out the bleached spot.
- Locate a spare scrap of carpet or use the carpet from the back of a closet and cut out a replacement section with the cookie cutter.
- 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.