Bleach Bath Chart
General

*Always test for color fastness before using a bleach. Bleach action doubles with every 18°F (10°C) increment

Name of

Bleach

Sodium Perborate

Hydrogen

Peroxide

Sodium Hypochlorite (Chlorine)

Sodium

Bisulfite

Sodium Hydrosulfite

Titanium

Stripper

Type of Bleach

Oxidizing*
Oxidizing*
Oxidizing*
Reducing*
Reducing*
Reducing*
Not safe on:
Fluorescent dyes
Some dyes
Wool, silk, nylon and some dyes
Some dyes
Metallic fibers and some dyes
Metallic fibers and some dyes
Availability
Powder from suppliers

3% liquid (do not

use higher concentrations)

5% liquid from retail stores
Powder from suppliers
Powder from suppliers
Purple liquid from suppliers
Concentration for spotting or testing:

1 tsp. per

4 oz. water

Use straight

3% liquid

1 part bleach to

4 parts water

1 tsp. per

4 oz. water

1 tsp. per

4 oz. water

Full strength liquid
Accelerate for testing with:
Heat
Heat & alkali (Stamford Proteen)
Heat & acid (1/2 tsp. Stamford Trik)
Acid (1/2 tsp. Stamford Trik)
Acid (1/2 tsp. Stamford Trik)
Heat
Concentration for soaking bath:

1 oz./gal water @ 100°-120°F

(38°-49°C)

2 oz./gal water @ 100°-120°F (38°-49°C)
1 oz./gal water @ 100°F (38°C)
1 tbsp./gal water & 1/4 oz. acetic acid @ 100°-120°F (38°-49°C)
2 tbsp. /5 gal water @ 100°F (38°C)
2 oz./5 gal water @ 100°-212°F (38°-100°C)
Time in Bath:
2 to 24 hrs.
1 to 3 hrs.+
10-30 mins.
Only long enough to remove stain
Only long enough to remove stain
Only long enough to remove stain
Follow with:
2-3 oz. acetic acid per gal water then, thorough rinsing
Thorough rinsing
Antichlors then thorough rinsing
Thorough rinsing
Thorough rinsing
Thorough rinsing

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