Carpet is one of the most common types of floor covering used in both residential and commercial buildings. Carpets are a great flooring that improves energy efficiency, reduces noise, and is also less slippery. Carpets also provide a soft surface to play on. As carpets are widely used, many people well know of the challenges to maintaining clean carpets. As carpet can be vacuumed to remove dirt and cleaned to remove stains, there is not much that can be done to remove bleach spots. Carpet Dye-Tech would like to go in more detail about bleach spots and why they require professional repair.
Are Bleach Spots Stains?
Bleach spots are not carpet stains. Bleach spots arrive from a chemical that has removed the pigment in the carpet. Bleach, when it contacts the carpet will break down the dye in the carpet. As the dyes break down, the color will disappear leaving behind a pale spot. Nylon and wool based carpets are most effected by bleach. Bleach can be found in a number of different chemicals, including cleaners, hygiene products, and the ammonia in pet urine can have a bleaching effect. As many well know, once bleach makes contact with the carpet there is little you can do to prevent the bleaching effects on carpet. Once bleach spills on carpet and those white spots form, you can repair the carpet.
Problems with DIY Carpet Bleach Spot Removal
Bleach spots can be repaired by replacing the stripped color and putting it back into the carpet. There are many DIY methods you can try. However the best option is to use a professional. DIY methods, even using a repair kit, never provides great results. This is because not all of the steps needed to repair the carpet is properly done and the dye color never actually matches the rest of the carpet. A professional carpet dye technician knows how to properly repair bleach spots and accurately match the rest of the color of the carpet.
Carpet Dye for Bleach Spots
When repairing carpet, the carpet dye technician will first see if the bleach spot will require further bleaching. In a few cases where there is still some pigment in the carpet that will prevent proper repairs, the bleach spot will be bleached out more to finish removing the color. Next, the bleach spot will need to be cleaned. Cleaning the site is essential, even when the spot looks fairly clean. This is because bleach can remain active in the carpet for a very long time. If the bleach spot isn’t cleaned and treated with a bleach neutralizer, then the carpet will not be able to be dyed again. The bleach neutralizer will essentially deactivate the bleach in the carpet allowing the carpet to properly absorb and hold the color. Once the site has been neutralized, the bleach spot can be dyed. Dyes are made on site by mixing the right amount of three primary colors which are red, blue, and yellow to create the perfect match. The dyes are applied using a dropper, syringe and sometime an airbrush tool. The dye is applied in small amounts at a time to prevent over dyeing the carpet.