White is not the absence of the color always. White carpets are not made by removing pigments and colors. Actually, these are dyed white. If you bleach the carpet, it will eliminate the current color. However, it will result in some shade of buff, tan, or beige. You can wash rugs in the standard-issue chlorine bleach to remove any stain and colorants from materials and fabrics. You might be thinking that chlorine will damage cotton fibers, wool threads, synthetic yarns, and silk filaments. You can prevent any kind of damage by using a milder bleaching agent that includes hydrogen peroxide. It will help to lighten your rugs and carpets. Are you still confused? Do you want to know how to whiten carpet? If yes, go through the following step-by-step guide.
How to Whiten Carpet
Before planning to whiten your carpet, first, you will have to clean it. Sweep and vacuum your carpet to eliminate any loose dirt or dust. After this, wash your carpet. Sweeping and vacuuming will remove most of the outside dust and then you will need to wash it for deep cleaning. To wash your carpet, take a large bucket with five gallons of water and then add one tbsp laundry detergent powder and one tbsp soda ash into it. Stir it briskly to prepare your carpet cleaning solution. Take a sponge and soak it in the solution and then apply it evenly all over the rug. Use plain water to wipe it and then rinse it.
Take a bucket and pour 2 qt. lukewarm water into it and then add one tsp of laundry detergent powder, six pints of three percent hydrogen peroxide, a cup of soda ash into it and stir all the ingredients properly to prepare your solution.
Once your solution is ready, take a plastic squirt bottle and transfer a portion of your homemade solution to it. Apply the peroxide solution to your rug. Use the bottle to spray it on the carpet. If required, refill your bottle and spray it on your carpet until the fibers of your carpet are moist evenly. After covering all the areas, let it dry.
Prepare one solution using one gallon of water and one cup of distilled water. Mix it thoroughly and take a push broom and dip its bristles into the solution. Now you need to use that wet broom to sweep your carpet. The solution has vinegar. It will deactivate any lingering bleaching agent. Also, the brush action will perk up the fibers in your carpet.
After this cleaning, inspect your carpet and repeat the entire process. You will have to repeat the process multiple times until your carpet gets the desired shade of off-white. Once you are done, apply white fabric dye on your carpet. Follow the package instruction to maximize the benefits.
The above step-by-step instructions will help you to know how to whiten carpet by yourself. While going the procedures, make sure that you are using the right quantity. Otherwise, it might affect your carpet fibers and that will ultimately cause early damage.