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A large amount of bleach was spilled on our carpet, and I'm wondering how we can try to restore the color. The carpet is a light tan color.

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Bleach (mostly) doesn't stain, it does the opposite -- removing stains and dyes. – Matthew Read Jul 12 '11 at 18:08

Your carpet is now light tan, or used to be light tan?

Either way, the only thing I know of is to try to dye it back, and odds are, you're either going to dye more than you wanted (darkening the edges) or miss the edge ... either way, it's going to miss, and won't be 100% restored.

I'd consider rearranging the furniture (ie, hide it with a couch), or put a throw rug overtop if it's in the middle of the floor.

If it's in an area that's prone to issues, you can always replace just a section of the carpet with some other material -- at my mom's house we put some hardwood down just inside the back door where the cats liked trying to dig their way under a door, rather than replace the whole room.

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What kind of dye would you suggest trying? – Shane Fulmer Aug 28 '10 at 14:43
@Shane : you'd have to use a dye that's compatable with your material. Odds are, it's wool, nylon, or polyester if it's wall-to-wall. If it's nylon, you may need to lower the pH ('acid dye') the carpet. I don't know if you can dye polyester. – Joe Aug 29 '10 at 0:39

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