Sunday, 30 October 2011

Can I Clean My Carpets With Bleach?

We all know the importance of cleaning our carpets and sometimes, we even spend a few hundreds of pounds to have our carpets cleaned professionally. It is therefore a little (well, may be very) disappointing when we come home to find apple juice stains and spit ups on the expensive carpets that you spent so much to have cleaned – it will almost obviously happen if you have little children or pets in the house. Most often, when we find ourselves in such situations, the first reaction will always be, “I can’t afford to spend all that money again... not this soon!” 

So what are the alternatives?
Getting rid of the children (but how?) or getting a way to do the cleaning yourself. Obviously, the only viable option here is the second one – to start cleaning your carpets for yourself. So you choose to go this way but then you have to answer a few more question; how do I get started, which is the best method, which is the best carpet cleaning machine and can I clean my carpets with bleach?

The answer
All the questions above are crucial. We will therefore answer all... not now though, as we need to address the most serious of them all – the use of bleaches for cleaning carpets. Without being biased, let us look at critical aspects in details.

The colour of your carpet
 It is no problem to use bleach if your carpet is white, right? Wrong! What most people do not understand is that the sparkling white colour of their carpets is not the carpet’s original colour. It was only dyed with an attractive white colour, more or less the same way it would have been dyed with a beautiful pink colour. So when you use bleach to clean your white carpet, the white dye that gave it that attractive look disappears and instead of a shinny carpet after cleaning, you get a dull one.

The effects of bleach on the carpet material
Most bleaching materials are very reactive. They literally “eat up” the stains from whichever surface you use them. Now this is a good thing since that is what they are supposed to do after all. The bad thing about it is that as the bleach “eats up” the stains, it may it up the carpet as well. Bleaches have a dissolving effect on certain materials, especially if the carpet is woollen. Some people advice that you can use some bleaches without damaging your carpet if you dilute them completely. That beats logic – bleach that has been diluted to such levels will most likely not produce the desired results.

So no bleach at all?
We cannot rule out that certain carpet bleaching products could help eradicate tough stains from your carpet. However, you can never be sure which one in the market will do that. Carpets are expensive and therefore, it is only safe not to use bleaches when cleaning them.


  1. Since carpets are a bit expensive, we need to be wary in cleaning them with common household cleaners. We should treat them with utmost care by using mild cleaners that don't harm the fabric and fade the dyes. For those who are new to carpet cleaning, it would be fine to just suck the dirt up with a vacuum cleaner.

  2. No doubt,Carpets are expensive and therefore, it is only safe not to use bleaches when cleaning them.You can done very well job,Nice Post.Thanks for sharing your experience with us.keep it up continuing...............
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