How to Use Oxygen Bleach to Remove Stains
Oxygen bleach is the form of bleach that is normally safe on all fabrics and colors, but there is a few major differences between chlorine bleach and oxygen bleach. Oxygen bleach works a little slower than chlorine bleach and it contains the chemical Sodium perborate instead of sodium hypochorite. Like chlorine bleach it is best to test a small area of the fabric before you use the oxygen bleach to remove a stain. The following are a few tips to bleaching a stain with oxygen bleach:
- Like chlorine bleach you should never use oxygen bleach directly on a stain. Even though oxygen bleach is a mild form of chlorine bleach it is still too strong of a chemical to use directly on fabrics and surfaces. You should dilute the oxygen bleach with water before using it to clean.
- Oxygen bleach can be used on most fabrics and surfaces, but bleach should never be used on silk, acetate, wool, spandex, polypropylene foam, and some flame retardant fabrics and rubbers.
- Because the oxygen bleach works a little slower than the chlorine bleach try to fight the urge to add more to the laundry or stain fighting solution. Too much oxygen bleach could make the stain situation worse.
- Again NEVER mix bleach with ammonia. The fumes that it creates are poisonous and can cause death.
- When adding oxygen bleach to the laundry do not pour the bleach directly into the cloths. If your washer has a bleach dispenser you can put the oxygen bleach in the allotted container. If your washing machine does not have a bleach dispenser than you should fill the washing machine up with water first and add 3/4 cup of oxygen bleach. Stir the solution and then add your clothing. This will allow the bleach to be diluted enough to be evenly distributed throughout the laundry. This step could save your clothing.
- Never rub or scrub a stain with bleach or a bleach solution. This action could ruin the fibers of the fabric or carpeting.
Bleach is used to remove many different stains from many different fabrics and surfaces. When using bleach to clean and remove stains ensure that you follow all of the guidelines stated above.