If you have carpeting or a rug in the bathroom, you may accidentally spill toilet cleaner on it. The cleaner may be beneficial for your toilet, but the bleach can change the color of the carpet.
Another problem with toilet bowl cleaners is the blue colorant, a dye comprised of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and other molecules. Speed is essential when treating toilet bowl cleaner stains. Remove the stains by using this guide.
Prepare to Clean the Blue Stain
To clean toilet bowl cleaner from the carpet, you need:
- white cloths or paper towels
- white distilled vinegar
- liquid dish soap
- spray bottle
- measuring cup with spout
Check the label on the carpet to learn suitable cleaning procedures for your carpet. Use the paper towels or cloths to absorb liquid as quickly a possible, blotting from the outside of the spot to the inside to avoid spreading dirt, then run a vacuum over the carpet.
Avoid colored paper towels or cloths, since they can transfer dyes to the carpet. Try all cleaners on a hidden carpet section to test color reaction.
Apply Dish Soap or Vinegar
Add five drops of liquid dish soap to a cup of warm water in a bowl or bucket. Stir the solution slightly to make bubbles, and scoop enough of the mixture into the cup or spray bottle to cover the spot. Apply the mixture to the spot, and let it stay five minutes.
Blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel until it disappears, changing cloths as needed. Mist some cold water on the stain to rinse, then let it dry.
To speed drying, set a dry paper towel or rag on the spot, and place a heavy object on it. Vacuum the carpet several hours later to restore fibers.
Alternately, turn an iron on the lowest setting. Dampen a cloth in the mixture, lay it over the stain, then set the iron on top of the cloth for fifteen minutes. Don't leave the iron unattended.
If the soap solution fails, mix two tablespoons of vinegar in four cups of warm water. Work the solution in the spot in the same manner as the dish soap.
Treat Dried Stains
If the stain has dried, agitate the spot with a diluted emulsifier, such as oxygen bleach. Sponge the solution on the spot, and let it stand several minutes. Blot the stain with clean water to rinse, and let it dry. You may need to dry spots with a wet/dry vacuum.
Contact a company like Steam Local Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning for professional help.