Hot Tip #6
“What can I do about the small bleach stains left in my carpet by dripped bathroom cleaner and acne medicine?”
These are usually pretty easy to take care of—it just takes patience and some minor surgery.
1. First, be sure the discoloration extends no more than 1/3 of the way down the carpet fiber. If it doesn’t, and the spot is no larger than a nickel, prepare for surgery.
2. Pull the bleached fibers up with your fingers, a few at a time, and clip them off just below the bleach stain with small, sharp scissors. Repeat until the discolored fiber tips are gone, leaving a small indentation.
3. With the blade of a kitchen or pocket knife held perpendicular to the floor (the way barbers used to shave men’s faces with a straight razor), briskly brush the indentation back and forth for a few seconds. This blossoms the fiber tips, and makes the indentation much less noticeable.
Caution: Use on plush or cut pile carpeting only! Do NOT attempt on looped carpets like Berbers. And remember, you can always call us for alternative solutions.