- Resin finishes are often applied
to carpets to make them more durable. If chlorine bleaches are
used on such materials they are likely to be weakened and yellowed.
This is because the resins in some finishes absorb and retain
the chlorine in the bleach. If you have used a chlorine bleach
on a fabric with such a finish, rinse it immediately and thoroughly
with water. For fabrics that are able to stand it, make the water
HOT. An even more effective treatment for white or completely
colorfast fabrics is to use a color remover, following the directions
on the package.
- If a resin finish is not present
and bleach is applied directly to the fabric, it can actually
remove the color. This is not considered a "stain"
but rather an absence of color. This can not be removed but rather
must be colored with dye that matches the color of the carpet.
It is possible to dye the fabric, but it will likely require
the expertise of a professional.
- *NOTE: Some products like hydrogen peroxide, ammonia,
bleach or alcohol can actually bleach or change the color in
some fabrics. Read the WARNING notice above and proceed with
caution whenever you use such products.
| WARNING: Before making any attempts
to remove spots, always test fabric for colorfastness first by
applying a small amount of the cleaning solution or chemical
on a hidden or unnoticeable area. The tips listed here are NOT
guaranteed to work with every fabric, including carpets. When
using any chemical or liquid on fabric you should PROCEED WITH
CAUTION. If you are unsure as to how your carpet or upholstery
might be affected you should call a professional cleaning technician
in your area.