Bleach stains or faded, discolored spots on your carpet cannot be fixed by cleaning. Usually, the only way to fix an unsightly bleach stain or other discoloration is to replace that portion of the carpet. This is not as intimidating or costly as it sounds and can be accomplished with a little patience and concentration.
What you will need
- A carpet cutting tool
- Matching swatch of carpet*
- Self-Adhesive Carpet Seam Tape (available at most home improvement stores).
- Wide-tooth comb
*If you don’t have any carpet remnants left from your carpet installation, you may be able to remove a large enough piece from an obscure area of carpet, such as the back corner of a closet. It is important that the carpet be a nearly exact match in order for the repair to look as seamless as possible.
What to do
- Measure off the area you need to replace, and with the carpet cutting tool, carefully cut out the damaged section of carpet.
- Using the exact measurements, cut your carpet remnant to fit. (NOTE: If you are using the Carpet Cookie Cutter, the sections will automatically be the same size, no measurements are necessary)
- Peel and stick the self-adhesive carpet tape to the section where the carpet patch was removed.
- Place the new piece of carpet on the tape and press down firmly.
- Using a wide tooth comb, gently comb the fibers of the new patch so they blend in with the existing carpet.
- If you are not good with measurement, and are not using the Cookie Cutter tool, try placing a drinking glass over the stain, and tracing around it with the cutting tool, then use the same drinking glass to cut out the new piece.
- Before performing this procedure, you may want to have your carpet professionally cleaned. This is because the new patch, if unused or taken from a little used corner somewhere, will inevitably be cleaner than the area of carpet you are removing and may not blend in well, especially if the stain is in a high traffic area.
- Always exercise caution when using the carpet cutting tool. It is best to wear canvas working gloves to avoid injury.
- If you are unsure of this procedure, or uncomfortable in performing the necessary steps, you should not hesitate to contact a carpet professional who will perform the repairs for you. You can find carpet repair professionals in your area by checking your local Chamber of Commerce or the yellow pages.
- If in doubt about the qualifications of any professional, before allowing them into your home, check with your local Better Business Bureau, either by phone or online.
- If the bleach stain or faded area is excessively large, you may be in for a more extensive repair or even complete carpet replacement. In lieu of this, consider a nice, decorative throw rug!
- To avoid bleach stains on your carpet, NEVER use any type of cleaner containing bleach (which includes many spray kitchen cleaners) in the area of your carpet as stray droplets may get onto your carpet and cause staining.