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Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-12-2012, 09:37 PM

I have a car with old coffee stains in the light blue carpet that will not come out with steam cleaning and Folex. Has anyone ever used a diluted bleach solution to clean stubborn stains out of carpet? I can't think of anything else to use. I am wondering if the steam cleaner set the stains but they have been there a while.
   
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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-12-2012, 09:55 PM

I would suggest clorox II but not chlorine bleach.
   
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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-12-2012, 10:00 PM

Don't use bleach, you don't know how much to mix, plus it will eat up the fibers. Try using oxi clean, you can get it for around 3 bucks at wal-mart. There is bleach in it, but it's color safe. Be sure to mix it with hot water


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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-12-2012, 10:01 PM

I wouldn't do that. One of the best stain removers I've used in a long time believe it or not is just some cheap Purple Power concentrate from Walmart or the Dollar Store. The premixed bottles aren't worth much, but you can buy a gallon of strong concentrate for like $6.00 and use it on all kinds of stuff. My wife turned me onto it and I fell in love with it. It took some stains out of my sons carpet that nothing else would touch, and I had tried some really high dollar products on it..give it a shot


   
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Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 06-13-2012, 12:27 AM

Thank you all for the suggestions. I will give them a try. You're right the chlorine bleach is pretty toxic and damaging. It was so frustrating seeing the spots and the one large spot in the carpet still there after using all the approved pro carpet cleaners.
   
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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-13-2012, 09:23 AM

Bleach will get the coffee stain out alright, along with the color of the carpet. I did a SUV years back that had a container of bleach spill in the cargo area. They ended up replacing that section as it turned a light gray carpet white.

If steaming and Floex have not removed the stains chances are its not coming out.


Question? how hot of water have you used on the stain?


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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-13-2012, 09:33 AM

There's a saying that goes "Whatever doesn't come out can just get dyed over"....


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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-13-2012, 09:39 AM

Ammonia will get coffee stains out.Mix 5 parts water 1 part ammonia, spray and blot with towel , let dry , smell will soon go away.
   
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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-13-2012, 09:53 AM

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Bleach will get the coffee stain out alright, along with the color of the carpet. I did a SUV years back that had a container of bleach spill in the cargo area. They ended up replacing that section as it turned a light gray carpet white.

If steaming and Floex have not removed the stains chances are its not coming out.


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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-13-2012, 11:26 AM

never use chlorine bleach on colored items, they will turn white! or can eat through the fabric...common sense prevails in most cases. if its an organic stain use an organic type of cleaner like something with enzymes, if its a synthetic stain (dyes,oils,greases ect) you need something synthetic..they do make whole stain removal kits. as mrclean stated purple power will work great as well just dont use on certain materials straight, that falls down to common sense which includes reading the bottle. they also good luck on removing the stain. also check the grocery store/walmart near the RIT dyes they have products out by carbona that can remove certain types of stains(they have like 6 different types of stain products) . good luck on removing the stain.
   
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May Have Left Out an important piece of info - 06-13-2012, 12:06 PM

I may have left out an important factor. The car is a 1987 Camaro Z/28. I wonder how durable the carpet material was 25 years ago and with age it could be real fragile.
   
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Re: May Have Left Out an important piece of info - 06-13-2012, 01:05 PM

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I may have left out an important factor. The car is a 1987 Camaro Z/28. I wonder how durable the carpet material was 25 years ago and with age it could be real fragile.
With a carpet that old I would dye it or leave it alone.
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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-13-2012, 04:16 PM

Certain stains require special cleaners, there is no one cleaner that removes everything. I will use cleaners like Folex, 303, or other APC's for general cleaning, but stains like vomit, kool-aid, rust, urine, coffee, grease, tar and ink, all require special cleaners to properly remove the stain. Spotting kits like the one I have below can be purchased at pretty much and janitorial supply store. You may not need them often, but they come in very handy when you do...especially if you have a wife who likes red wine!






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Re: May Have Left Out an important piece of info - 06-13-2012, 04:17 PM

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With a carpet that old I would dye it or leave it alone.
My first car was an 1986 Z, and the carpet was terrible on them 11 years ago. Carpet dye or replacement is often a good solution.
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Re: Ever use bleach dilute for carpet stains? - 06-13-2012, 05:03 PM

With a old carpet stain like that, I would just replace it. It would be a great weekend job to do and also gives time to clean up the interior.


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