Did the housekeeper walk from bathroom to bathroom with a drippy bottle of bleach and now you have polka dotted carpet throughout the house? Did someone try to spot clean your carpet with an "OXY" product? Maybe you're just tired of the color of your carpet and don't want to go through the hassle and expense of replacing it. We can help with all of these problems. From spot dyeing to room dyeing we can fix just about any color loss issue as long as your carpet is nylon or wool. Check out our gallery to see what we have done for our clients in the past.
We can fix your bleach stains.
Don’t fire your cleaning lady just yet because we can fix those bleach stains she made by toting a leaky bottle of bathroom cleaner through your house. Carpet color repair is a great option for people who like to save money and would rather repair their carpet than replace it. “Mending is better than ending.” – Casey Neistat
Healthy Clean Carpet & Tile Care is home to the only certified carpet color repair technician in Ventura County. Carpet color repair – or removing bleach stains – is truly an art form. It requires extensive knowledge of carpet construction, some understanding of chemistry, an eye for color and years of practice to become proficient. Richard, our color repair technician, has been dyeing carpet since 2004.
Can you repair bleach stains on any kind of carpet?
No. We can only re-dye two types of carpet. The first is wool. Wool is just hair like yours or mine. Hair can be easily bleached and also easily re-dyed. The second type of carpet that we can dye is nylon. Nylon is a synthetic fiber that is easily bleached but also readily accepts new color. We also dye cotton, linen, and silk fibers.
You can bleach polyester carpet, but we can’t re-dye it.
Polyester carpet is gaining in popularity in residential homes. It’s relatively low cost when compared to nylon, and its similar look and feel to nylon makes it an easy sell. Polyester, however, has many unique characteristics that set it apart from nylon and most are not positive. Depending on how the polyester fiber was dyed it may or may not be susceptible to bleaching.
Solution-dyed polyester carpet has color added to it in solution before it is extruded and made into a carpet fiber. These fibers cannot be bleached because they are one color through to their core.
Stock vs. skein dyed polyester.
On the other hand, stock dyed or skein dyed polyester carpet fibers can be bleached. With these types of fibers the color is on the surface of the fiber and so it can be separated from the fiber through a chemical reaction. Consequently, household bleach cleaning products can remove color from stock dyed and skein dyed polyester fibers. These fibers, however, cannot be re-dyed. Fortunately, this type of carpet is increasingly rare.
In short, the difference between stock/skein dyed and solution dyed polyester fibers is like the difference between a radish and a beet. The radish is red on the outside but white in the middle like the stock and skein dyed fibers while the beet is the same color all the way through like the solution dyed fibers.
We cannot spot dye or room dye polyester carpet.
Will I be able to see the dyed bleach stains?
The goal with spot dyeing carpet is to hide the bleach stains so that they will not catch the eye by passers-by. We match the dye to your carpet so it will blend seamlessly into the rest of the carpet. Other colors are more difficult to match and consequently, sometimes the spots will be visible to someone who knows where to look for them. For everyone else, however, they will be perfectly camouflaged.
Is it permanent?
Yes. Since we use heat to set the re-dyed bleach stains a permanent bond is created with the carpet fiber. Therefore the new color won’t fade and it won’t be rinsed away with future carpet cleanings.
Couldn’t I just dye the bleach stains myself with fabric dye?
Yes, but as previously mentioned, color matching carpet dye requires a lot of practice. And since very few carpet cleaners offer color repair services, color repair supplies are also difficult to source. Even for a professional. The dye we use is made specifically for dyeing carpet and is not available in retail stores. It is a blend of three different kinds of dyes to ensure the fiber will accept the dye evenly in addition to fade resistance. Due to the fact that fabric dyes available at grocery, fabric, and craft stores, such as Rit, only contain one kind of dye they will fade over time.
As with any project, 80% of the work is in the preparation. In order to prepare your carpet to accept the dye, you will need some special solutions. As a result, the cost of all of the supplies needed to dye a few bleach stains could easily outrun what it would cost to hire a professional to dye the bleach stains for you.
Wait, did you say three paragraphs ago that you can change the color of the whole room?
That’s right. Tired of the color of your carpet but don’t want the cost or hassle of replacing it? Maybe you still enjoy your carpet but want to inject new life into it? Want to put off replacing the carpet in a rental property so you can get one more tenant out of it? We can recolor a whole room or a whole house to revive the carpet and hide stains so you can get more life out of an otherwise perfectly good carpet. Also, if your original carpet color is light enough your dye color options are almost limitless. The best part about dyeing carpet is that it is always less expensive than the cost of new carpet.
How do I avoid bleach stains in the first place?
The number one cause of bleach stains on carpet is chlorine bleach. Either as the result of spills or drips from a leaky bottle or from the misuse of a bleach cleaning product on carpet. Chlorine bleach is found in a variety of cleaning products for kitchens and bathrooms and therefore great care should be taken to ensure that products that say bleach, chlorine, Clorox, etc. are never used on carpet. Oxyclean is not a chlorine bleach but it can bleach carpet. You should always test all cleaning products in an inconspicuous area before use on your carpet. Pet stains can bleach carpet as well. Urine is acidic but over time it becomes alkaline and the alkalinity can cause carpet to fade.
If you ever have any doubts or questions about your carpet we are always a phone call away. Taking a minute to get the right information can save lots of money and trouble.