How to Clean Carpet Using Bleach
Using bleach to clean a carpet has its limitations. First of all, use bleach only if necessary and only if it’s the last option left. Do not use bleach on wool carpet, and since bleach makes the carpet lighter, it should never be used on any carpet rich in color as the color may fade away. In fact, it is best to use only for white or dirty white carpets. It is also best for carpets that have been stained with hard to remove colors. For people who find bleach as the only solution to cleaning a stained carpet, read on.
Important : before you attempt this method check what your warranty says. Some warranties prohibit the use of certain chemicals and solutions on stain resistant carpets. Using prohibited solutions will void your warranty.
Step 1 – Prepare the Carpet
Understand that bleach does not easily remove molds from carpet. If your carpet is moldy, use a mold cleaning product first to get rid of the spores sticking to the carpet fibers. If there are any caked substances sticking to the carpet, use a knife to loosen them up to clean afterward. Before proceeding with the application of bleach, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up all the dirt and debris still clinging to the carpet.
Step 2 – Prepare the Bleach Solution
Before preparing the bleach solution, make sure to cover your hands with rubber gloves and wear a mask to protect the respiratory system from the strong odor emitted by bleach chemicals. Just a drop of bleach on one’s hands may cause undesirable effects so exercise extreme caution when handling it.
Using bleach directly on the carpet will definitely stain it even further. Instead, mix a good bleach solution in a container by adding a cup of bleach to a gallon of water, and then pour the mixture into a spray container. Before proceeding with the application of the solution onto the carpet, allow the room or the working area to be well-ventilated. If possible, take the carpet to a place with fresh air.
Important: Never let bleach come in contact with other chemicals, specifically ammonia, a chemical that is also used for cleaning. The fumes that the combination of bleach and ammonia produce can be fatal.
Step 3 – Spray the Affected Area
If the carpet is all white, a part of it can be sprayed with the solution without leaving any unevenly colored surface. However, in most cases, it is best to spray the whole surface area of the carpet with the solution to ensure uniformity in hue. Since the bleach will leave the carpet lighter in color, spray the carpet evenly with the solution until the entire thing is treated. Allow the bleach to sit on the carpet for about 30 minutes to one hour.
Step 4 – Wash the Carpet
To remove the bleach odor from the carpet, as well as any remaining dirt, flush the carpet with water thoroughly, and apply carpet shampoo afterward. Use a brush if necessary to remove any stubborn dirt still clinging to the fibers. Rinse the shampooed carpet again with water before leaving it to dry. To speed up the process, use a carpet cleaner vacuum or something similar to suck out as much water as possible.