How to Remove Bleach Stain from Carpet or a Rug

Bleach Stain Removal

Cleaning Tools and Agents that May Be Needed.

  • Vacuum Cleaner: A wet/dry vacuum cleaner is ideal for stain removal work. Use a clean, dry white towel as an alternative. If your vacuum cleaner is designed for dry carpet only, do not vacuum the stained area until the removal procedure is finished and the carpet is dry.
  • Spoon: A large spoon usually works best.
  • Towels: The towels should be clean and colorfast. Paper towels can be used as an alternative.
  • Cold Water: Clean water will be used for the rinsing.
  • Club Soda: Club soda works wonders on a variety of water soluble stains. We suggest you always keep a can of club soda on hand at room temperature. Club soda is carbonated water; thus, club soda will not cause any damage to the carpet backing. You can slowly drizzle a small amount directly on the spill, but we caution you to not soak the carpet. Club soda does not leave a residue and therefore does not need to be rinsed out. In fact, club soda can be used as the rinsing agent for other cleaners.
  • Vinegar: Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of cold water. Vinegar is a moderate acid. Vinegar is available at your local grocery store or drug store.
  • Detergent: Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with 2 cups of cold water. The dish detergent should be clear in color without bleaching properties.

Step-by-Step Procedure.

  1. Use a spool to gently scrape and scoop up the excess starting on the edge and working towards the center.
  2. Vacuum or blot up the excess.
  3. Apply cold water without soaking the carpet.
  4. Vacuum or blot up the excess.
  5. Apply vinegar mix to the stained area without soaking the carpet.
  6. Blot or gently stroke the carpet pile.
  7. Apply detergent water to the stained area without soaking the carpet and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Blot or gently stroke the carpet pile.
  9. Rinse the carpet by applying cold water without soaking the carpet. (You wish to repeat the rinsing a few times. A lingering residue of bleach may continue the bleaching of color.)
  10. Vacuum or blot up the excess.
  11. Finally, vacuum the carpet after its dry to reset the carpet pile.

Many spots come out very slowly requiring multiple attempts with the same procedures. We strongly recommend that you do the rinsing step as suggested. Rinsing removes residues that can re-attract dirt later and also assists in returning the carpet to a neutral pH. Sometimes, stains will wick back to the surface of the carpet nap requiring you to do the same procedure again.

Not all spots can be successfully removed, but we have solutions for those problems as well. Light spots in carpet are likely the result of color loss and therefore cannot be correct by spot removal. Wolfe Flooring provides spot dying and bonded inserts to deal with these otherwise permanent problems. The focus of these directions is to remove visual problems, not odor problems. Wolfe Flooring offers an odor removal product and a great spot removal product that may be just what you're needing. We encourage our customers to keep such products on hand. We also provide Teflon Advance™ by DuPont® to add protection to your carpet from future accidents.