My new avocado colored carpet has a large bleach stain. Now I have a large lavender colored area. Help!
By Donna from NJ
I just moved across country a few months ago, and when I was unpacking the box I had packed my bleach in, I found that the bleach had spilled in the box, and also leaked through the bottom of the box onto the carpet. Does anyone have suggestions on touching up the carpet? I know I probably can't actually remove the bleach- that would be nice, though! It only left a few small spots, on tan carpet. Any suggestions, anyone?
Emily in Mississippi
Aside from buying carpet dyes over the 'net and then they won't dye the same shade, so why not buy an area rug and lay over the top to hide it?
Since it's a new carpet hopefully you're talking about wall to wall carpet and hopefully you have remnants from when the carpet was installed. If so, hire a professional to do a patch job with the remnants.
I think this situation is hopeless, but thought I would at least try to see if someone has a solution. My granddaughter dropped grape Popsicle on my carpet and I was rattled and distracted when I went to clean it up. I picked up a spray bottle that had bleach as an ingredient in it and sprayed the carpet with it.
Needless to say, I now have an orange stain where the original stain was. My carpet is a tan/light brown color. Is there any hope at all for this? Thanks to all. I love all the tips I read and so appreciate this site.
By cnleatherman from New Creek WV
I would try a crayon in a color to match your carpet, color it, and take a paper towel and iron it on a low setting. I've never had that happen, but that is what I would try first. (06/22/2009)
I think I would put a small rug over that area to hide the bleach stain. You can get carpet dyes over the 'net, but you'd run into a correct match problem and it may still be noticeable. (06/22/2009)
My suggestion would be to cut out the stained piece of carpet with a box knife (trying not to cut all the way through the carpet's under-pad). Then, using the cut-out piece as a pattern, cut out another piece of carpeting in the exact same size and shape from a place you can easily hide (like under the sofa, by the wall) then switch the pieces with each other and glue. Put the stained piece under the couch and put the nice looking piece in the spot where the bleach stain was. Lastly, after the glue is totally dried (the next day) take a toothbrush or your fingers and fluff the area all around the cut. If you do this right you'll never be able to tell the difference.
The carpet fibers will hide the cut. I've done this with regular carpet, shag, and Berber. It has always worked out well for me. I like to use "Fabri-Tac" fabric glue, but I'm sure there are also other good glues you could use. If you have hardwood right under under the carpeting (and not padding) you are gluing to, you'd better use a water soluble glue (like Elmer's school glue) so you can easily remove it if you ever want hardwood floor or, slide a piece of cardboard into the hole and under it then glue the patch to the cardboard. But it's much better to glue the patch to the carpet pad that's under the carpet. Also, while the glue is drying, don't walk on the patch, cover the patch with a box for a day or two.
* A note... If one patch is smaller than the hole, then while the glue is still wet, press some fibers into the area around the patch. These will help hide the area. You can also pull "fluff" (carpet lint) out of the carpet from all over (with your fingers and thumb) then use this "fluff" to glue into the area. But your best bet is to be careful when you cut out the patches so they match each other exactly. (06/22/2009)
Try using some acrylic craft paint that is the same color as your carpet or mix a couple to achieve the color and mix it with some fabric medium (sold in the same craft area). The medium keeps the paint from being stiff. You can sponge it in a few steps to keep it from globbing up. It may take a little work, but I think its a decent solution. (Practice first in a closet or if you have any left over or scrap carpeting that you can bleach to the same degree as your problem area, even better.) (06/23/2009)
I agree with skb123, but I would use fabric medium instead of regular medium. You have to understand colors and how to mix them to match this so it looks real though. I've done this myself in small areas where I've dripped bleach on the bathroom rug and in a small area (about half an inch round) and her technique did work! You need to do it in stages and let it dry for about an hour, then if it's not dark enough re-apply and do it again. Be sure to brush the acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium down into the carpet with a toothbrush. The medium is a milky whitish color, but dries totally clear. Do NOT use latex paint, but use 100% acrylic paint (from the craft store) instead! If you want a stronger tint, use Liquitex brand acrylic (made for artists) instead of hobby acrylic paint. Sometimes they put the hobby paints in a different area of the store from the artist paints.
When I did this, I used water with a tiny bit of acrylic hobby paint mixed in instead of using medium. The water makes it thinner and more like a dye instead of giving it a plastic (acrylic) feel. Try the water/paint only mixture first, then if you find you want it thicker, you can always use the medium, then if all else fails and you're not happy with the end result you can always cut out the patch like I described below. Hopefully, you'll know enough about mixing colors and what colors to use to mix to match your carpet's original color. If not, I'll try to help you over the Internet.
*PS: If you don't like the color, spray on a bit of water then quickly blot it up with a clean, dry wash cloth before it dries and sets up. (06/24/2009)
Stains are permanent color changes. They can be either added color or missing color. In referring to bleach stains, one or more of the primary colors are missing. Usually blue is the first color that is missing. Some of the red may be missing, also.
It is very simple to restore these missing colors if you have the correct information. The first step is to remove or neutralize the bleaching agent. The next step is to replace the missing blue, red, or yellow with the same type of dye that is found in the carpet. This is carpet mill dye. Common sense would tell you not to use other types of dye. This is a big mistake.
If the stain is only missing blue dye, then applying dilute dye a little at a time will restore the color to a perfect match. If red is missing also, we can tell by evaluating the color of the bleach stain as we apply blue dye. The stain will appear pale green if red dye is missing.
With a few simple rules, the homeowner need not fear, because at any step the stain is closer to the original color. Color repair should always be attempted before replacing the section with a patch.
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