Spot Dying

Bleach stains are a common stain as many of you know, and there is a major need for personnel to perform spot dying, however, a good spot dying professional is rare and hard to find.

There are many causes of such stains, the most common is from bleach in cleaning products, and the main culprit, THE DRIPPING RAG.

Generally the bleach stain will be yellow, and sometimes it will have an orange halo around it. Sometime the stain will be a solid orange, and rarely will it be green or purple. The first step in correcting a bleach stain problem is in understanding the characteristics of bleach so that it can be neutralized and permanently removed from the fiber. Spot dying requires extensive knowledge of the primary colors, complementary colors and tertiary colors.

After the bleach residue has been removed then the actual spot dying can take place and here is where it gets tricky and interesting. Spot dying for bleach stains is not a cleaning or stain removal process, it is actually the replacement of the color that has been bleached out. A yellow bleach stain will require spot dying and the replacement of the missing primary colors, the missing colors on a yellow stain are red and blue, and if the stain is orange then spot dying in the missing color will be blue. All carpet has a combination of red, yellow and blue so spot dying in the missing colors in the right density is crucial for good quality spot dying. If you have a need for spot dying please see my photos and video in the before and after section.