Brown Out® for Rugs and Upholstery

Brown Out® Reduces Browning and Dye Bleed of Carpets, Rugs and Upholstery by Lowering the pH to the Acid Side.

Item # 10180

  • Safe, Effective and Easy to Use Product
  • Prevents and or Cures Browning on Carpets, Rugs and Upholstery
  • Can be used to remove some coffee, tea and cola stains
  • Greatly reduces possibility of browning on rugs and upholstery.
  • Greatly reduces possibility of dye bleed on rugs and upholstery

1 Case - 4 Gallons
2 Cases - 8 Gallons
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  • Brown Out® Anti-Browning Solution and Rinse for Rugs and Upholstery

    from Bane-Clene® Corp.

    Heavily Browned Cotton Rug after Standard Cleaning

    Brown Out Reduces Browning and Dye Bleed on Rugs, Upholstery and Some Carpets. Brown Out should be applied to ALL rugs & wet-cleaned upholstery!

    Benefits of Using Brown Out for Treating Rugs, Carpets and Upholstery:

    • The use of Brown Out after wet extraction (steam) cleaning, especially on rugs and upholstery, greatly reduces possibility of browning and dye bleed.
    • When used at 1:2 with water, followed by extraction, Brown Out will remove the yellowing that sometimes occurs on stain-resistant carpets.
    • Formulated with Extracon® to prevent and cure browning or tingeing in carpet and upholstered furniture, Brown Out helps restore the original beauty of the fiber, is economical and ensures a high quality finish to your service.
    • Brown Out contains no phosphates, phenolics, bleaches, solvents, hazardous hydrofluoric acid or other fluorides.
    • Brown Out, containing organic buffered neutralizing acids, is very effective for treating carpets, rugs and upholstery that have been exposed to excessive amounts of shampoo, detergents, powder cleaners, ice melt compounds and other residual matter.


    How to use Brown Out after cleaning with a detergent or prespray with a pH over 10 on stain-resist nylon carpet:

    To cure the yellowing from an overly aggressive detergent, rinse with water to remove the excess detergent, apply Brown Out diluted 1 part Brown Out to 2 parts of water (43 ounces per gallon) to the affected areas, allow to work on the yellowing for 15-20 minutes, do a single wet pass with just plain water and 2 dry passes. Since the stain resistance has been destroyed, apply Bane-Guard® or Teflon® to the carpet. However, the stain resistance warranty has still been voided! Note that if the yellowing was severe, you may have to apply Brown Out undiluted!

    How to Remove BHT yellowing of carpet with Brown Out:

    BHT (Butylated Hydroxy Toluene) is a common slowly vaporizing preservative used in many plastics including rebound pad. It is even used as a preservative in bread, because it performs well against free radicals. Most of the problems have been on carpets in areas of low air circulation such as in closets, under low-lying furniture, or under throw rugs.

    BHT Yellowing of Nylon CarpetIn this photo supplied to us by Beaulieu of America, you can see that the entire carpet has yellowed except where the tackless strip is - and where there there is no pad (cushion) under the carpet. However, this problem can occur out in the middle of the room. Sometimes, most of the carpet will have yellowed except along the baseboard or directly above seaming tape.

    This problem seems to occur more frequently in the winter in homes using fossil oil or gas heat. Most carpet manufacturers will not accept this as a claim since it is basically a cushion problem.To cure this problem, most fiber producers recommend a 10% solution of citric acid to remove BHT yellowing, followed by vacuuming. The primary acid in Brown Out is citric. Using Brown Out at 1 part product to 2 parts water will cure this condition. Simply spray the affected area heavily with this solution, allow at least 15 minutes for the yellow to disappear, and do one single wet pass with water (no detergent) and two dry passes. This removes the excess Brown Out but leaves enough behind to reduce the likelihood of the yellow reappearing.

    How to Remove Calcium Chloride Ice Melt from Carpet Using Brown Out:

    Calcium chloride is used in place of sodium chloride (salt) when the temperatures are extremely low when salt no longer performs to melt ice. Calcium chloride is hygroscopic (draws moisture) and turns to calcium hydroxide (lime) when you try to clean with an alkaline detergent. The white powder from calcium chloride ice melt will very quickly track throughout a building and, since it is hygroscopic, causes severe soiling. Quick removal is important!

    1. If dry, thoroughly vacuum first.
    2. If wet, absorb or extract.
    3. Apply Brown Out at normal concentration
    4. Flush with water
    5. Dry blot.
    6. For large areas, extract with a 4-8 ounce per gallon solution of Brown Out in water (with no detergent) through the base unit or a portable extractor.
    7. Use long walk-off mats to prevent further track-in.

    How to Remove a Water Ring on Carpet from Flood, Fire Sprinklers, Water Leaks, Water Softener Leak, etc. Using Brown Out:

    Water residue and salt left after water softener leakDo a Brown Out flush (acid rinse) by rinsing the carpet with a 4-8 ounces per gallon solution of Brown Out in water with no detergent through the base unit to remove the water ring. The image to the right shows water that leaked onto a carpet from an adjacent room. This is AFTER cleaning with detergent! A Brown Out flush will remove this residue. Use Microban® or Sporicidin® to prevent mold and mildew.

    How to Use Brown Out After Cleaning Upholstery to Prevent Dye Bleed:

    Upholstery dye bleeding from no Brown Out treatmentWe STRONGLY recommend applying 8 ounces per gallon solution of Brown Out in water to all wet-cleaned upholstery after cleaning. to prevent browning, to stabilize and brighten colors, reduce the chance of dye bleeding and to provide a soft hand. Since dyes are more stable on the acid side, this greatly reduces the possibility of dye bleeding. Notice the picture to the right of a chair with inset showing dye bleeding after cleaning because the chair was not treated with Brown Out after cleaning.

    How to Use Brown Out After Cleaning Wool Area Rugs, such as Wool and Silk, to Prevent Dye Bleed:

    After cleaning the rug, apply Brown Out at 8 ounces per gallon to the rug - very lightly just to the surface. If, in spite of your best efforts, the rug severely browns, do a Brown Out flush on the rug and allow it to dry upside down. This moves the browning to the back of the rug. NOTE: If pre-testing of a wool rug indicates it will bleed with normal cleaning, test with LCA® 256 or Brown Out. If it still bleeds, it must be dry cleaned, cleaned with Natural Fiber Cleaner or not cleaned at all.

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    Use ConcentrationBrowning removal or prevention: Diluted 8 ounces per gallon of water.
    Acid Rince with Brown OutDiluted 2-4 ounces per gallon with water through machine.
    pH Undiluted 2-2.5