Bleach spots.  What is a spot and what is a stain?  What is the difference?  Is there a difference?

If you were to look on the internet you may find all sorts of uses of the words “spots” and “stains”.  Most people use the words interchangeably.  Same as they use carpet and rug interchangeably, but technically, there is difference.  Some people say that spots can be removed and stains are permanent. Others believe spots can be felt and stains cannot.   Even others think the difference is measured in time.   In the following article, I will try to clear up the confusion.  This way when you are speaking to a carpet dyeing professional about your problem, you will both be talking about the same thing.


The word stain is used when color is added to the fiber such as when you spill red wine on a carpet and it leaves an area that is red.  You have added red to the carpet. That is a stain. You have stained the fibers.   Some examples are: Mustard stains, wine stains, pet Stains and furniture stains.  Usually, Professionals need to remove stains as they require aggressive dye removers.  Homeowners often get into trouble when they try to remove these stains with over the counter carpet stain removers or any product with the word Oxi in it.  These carpet stain removing products do work, but the trouble is the product doesn’t know where the stain ends and your carpet color begins so it removes all color from the area it is applied to.  Then you have a bleach spot. It is worth noting that some stains are indeed permanent.


Spots on the other hand, are when color is removed, such as when you spill bleach on a carpet.  Bleach spots are the lighted areas of a carpet caused by color loss. Examples of this are bleach spots, pet urine spots and carpet cleaner spots. Note:  Pet urine often starts out as a stain but over time the alkalinity of the urine will remove the color, creating a bleach spot.

There is nothing you can do for these bleach spots yourself.  You have three choices for repair:  Dye them, cut them out and replace them with carpet remnants or replace the entire room of carpet.

  1. Dyeing:  Dyeing bleach spots is the easiest and usually cheapest way to fix the spot.  A certified color specialist can custom match your nylon or wool carpet saving you 60-80% over the cost of the carpet alone. Watch the video of a bleach spot repair
  2. Repairing: If you choose to cut out the bleach spot and repair your carpet that way, you must have a piece of carpet to replace the bleach spot section with. Please note that if your carpet remnant has never been walked on or exposed to the sun, the repair job can be very noticeable, no matter how skilled the technician.
  3. Replacement: Your last choice is to completely replace the entire carpet.  This is obviously the most expensive and invasive option.

Whether you have a spot or a stain, we are here to help.  Full Spectrum Carpet Dyeing will be happy to assess your situation and recommend a solution that fits your needs.  Give us a call today! 720-439-8882 or fill out our form for a free estimate.