On occasion, a carpet cleaner calls us in a panic because a customer has called complaining about bleached out spots that appeared the next day after they had cleaned it.
Acne medications such as Oxy-10® are designed to control facial acne. Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient in these compounds as well as in some foot powders and some other medications.
In the presence of moisture, the benzoyl peroxide in most acne medications form hydrogen peroxide, which can bleach out most carpet dyes or change their colors. Since this is an oxidizing bleach, it can be neutralized with a reducing bleach (anti-chlor). Red Relief or Red 1 would act as an anti-chlor, but the best anti-dote is ChlorX Bleach Neutralizer.
We recently added a video to YouTube about this problem and have posted it below.
How to prevent or repair acne bleaching of carpet:
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