Carpet Care: Bleach

Act quickly! This spill may remove color or permanently discolor carpet if left untreated very long. Quickly removing the majority of it and diluting the remainder before it has a chance to damage the carpet is important.

Removing Bleach Stains From Carpets


Cleaning Solutions

Detergent Solution
Mix 1/4 teaspoon mild liquid dish soap with one cup warm water.

Vinegar Solution
Mix 2 tablespoons white vinegar with 4 cups warm water.


Bleach stain removal instructions

  1. Scoop up and blot as much of the spill as possible. Vacuum up any dry particles.
  2. Prepare suggested cleaning solutions below, beginning with the first one listed.
  3. Pretest the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous spot of carpet to ensure it does not discolor or damage the carpet.
  4. Apply the cleaning solution to the stain area. Apply first to cloth and use cloth to apply to carpet. Work from the outside of the stain toward the center.
  5. Allow the cleaning solution to remain on the spill for at least five minutes.
  6. Blot with a clean white cloth until no more stain transfers to the cloth. Do not rub the stain area or you might damage the carpet fibers.
  7. Rinse with cold water. Be sure all cleaning solution is removed from carpet.
  8. If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until either the stain is removed or the stain no longer transfers to the cloth.
  9. If the stain remains, try the next solution on the list and follow the same protocol above. If the stain persists after trying each solution listed, contact a professional cleaner.
  10. Once the stain is removed, place layers of white paper towel on the site to absorb any moisture. Weight down the towels with a non-staining glass or ceramic object. You can let them sit overnight.
  11. When the carpet is dry, vacuum to restore the texture.
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