I had some tea spots (little brown spot of size 2 by 12 inches) on my
carpet (Tan Color) . I was trying to remove them with Carpet
Cleaner/Spot Remover but they wer still there. Today I tried to remove
them using Clorox Bleach (after diluting it with lot of water). But it
chaged the spot color from brown to some pale shade (like somebody had
spilled a mixture of orange juice and tea on it) . I am not sure this
is due to usage of bleach this color has been permanatly changed or it
has reduced the tea stains to lighter shade. I am not sure what to do
and worried if beach has permanatly changed the color. As bleach has
not changed the color to white I am not sure that even spot dying will
work or not. I am leaving on rent in this apartment and I am moving out
of this on 25th Feb. I do not want to pay big amount to Community
Management Company for this. I surfed the net and there are so many
ideas but nobody close to my situation. Will apreciate if anybody
provide me some tips to remove those stains.
Thanks in advance.
You have bleached the carpet and a chemical change occurred! Chlorine
bleach should not be used on color fabrics of any kind. It's too late
for Vikas, but here's the procedure to keep in mind for removing tea
stains in carpeting. Blot the spot with a detergent solution (such as
1/4 c. Tide in 1 qt. warm water), then rinse w/ clear cool water. If
stain remains, blot using vinegar. If the stain still remains, use
OxyClean or a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Tea stains can be
tough to remove as tea is often used as an effective stain for fabric
Vikas: consider rearranging your furniture to hide the stain or
replacing a section of carpet.
cannot vikas pour some more tea on the bleached spots to bring the colour
(only partly joking - _i'd_ try it!! those areas are buggered anyway ;-)
but here's the procedure to keep in mind for removing tea
As Phisherman says, it's probably too late now to get the stain out.
However, you can try using a very sharp pair of small scissors and
snipping the stained area out of the carpet, then finding an
inconspicuous place to cut some pile and the glue it into the snipped
area. I've done this before and if you do it carefully, you won't be
able to tell where the stain was.
Hi Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I understand that it was
a mistake and i want some solution for that. This is an rented
apartment and I will be moving to some other area on this weekend. So I
have to resolve this issue by this weekend otherwise apartment
community management will charge big money for this.
I think I have 4 options -
1. Pay to management for carpet change - big money, does not want to do
2. Apply a patch - I am afraid it will be visible and apartment mgmt.
can easily notice that.
3. Get the threads out of bleached area and glue (super glue) threads
there from some hidden area (closet).
4. Call some spot dying professional (will charge $200 for this).
If anyone have been through any of these solutions, can you please
share your expirence and suggest something which will be really helpful
for me. I am in Washington DC, USA area.
Once again, thanks in advance.
Your best bet is #2, if done properly. This kind of carpet repair is
not uncommon and you should be able to find a procedure on the
Internet or library. Basically...
1. Cut out the damaged area using a utility knife held against a
straightedge. Keep the old piece.
2. Use the cut out piece as a template to cut out a new piece of
3. Slide double-sided carpet tape halfway underneath the edges of the
4. Apply seam cement to the edges.
5. Set the new patch in place and weight down for a day.
Of course this won't work if the new piece (patch) does not have the
same wear as the surrounding carpet. Nor will it work unless you get
the pile and pattern matched up. A professional might do the job for
$100. Otherwise, I'd take option #4. If the carpeting is >10 years
old, your management may not charge you anything. Good luck.
I've never rented a home that the management company or landlord
didn't expect some wear and tear. They can not expect to rent and
have the place look like brand new when the tenant moves out. You
should call them and explain the situation and ask how much wear and
tear they deem acceptable in order for you to get your deposit back.
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