How To Dye Carpet

Sep 11, 2021 | Carpet | 0 comments

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How To Dye Carpet

A carpet’s lifespan is ten years or more if properly maintained, but several obstacles are in the way of severely reducing that lifespan.

Chief among them is carpet discolouration.

With too much sun exposure, carpets can age prematurely.

You’ll be forced to replace the carpet with an expensive, plush variety…

Or are you?

There’s actually a clever little alternative that’s rarely talked about:

Dying your carpet.

By re-colouring your carpet, you can prolong its life further.

Even better, the colour options come in virtually any hue you can imagine — just make sure to buy carpet dye and not fabric dye.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that buying your carpet is not without its downfalls.

First of all, the colour on the box may not be the colour you end up with.

Also, darker tinged carpets can’t be changed into lighter shades.

We encourage you to test the dye on a small inconspicuous section of carpet first before taking the plunge and applying it to your entire carpet.

Tools And Materials

1. Ascertain whether or not your carpet type can be dyed

Only wool and nylon have the necessary properties to be dyed.

If you can’t recall what your carpet is made of, we suggest you take some down to your local carpet showroom and get an expert’s opinion.

2. Remove all furniture

Remove all furniture and baseboard moulding.

This is to prevent them from being coloured by the carpet dye.

Once removed, you can repaint the baseboard moulding so they fit in with your new design.

3. Vacuum thoroughly

It’s worth bearing in mind the type of carpet you have when you get down to deep cleaning phase.

If you have a nylon carpet, there’s no alternative but to use a commercial steam cleaner.

You can rent one for cheap — and trust us when we say it’s best to avoid the domestic varieties.

As full wool carpets, these need to be washed rather than steam cleaned.

Use a professional as they have all the proper equipment to do the job for you.

You should mention you intend on dying the carpet, in which case they may be able to “stabilise” the carpet for you, making the rest of the process much easier.

4. Let the carpet dry thoroughly overnight

Now we need to protect the walls from any dye that might inadvertently hit it.

Keep a copy of the previous day’s newspaper and attach it to the walls using masking tape.

5. Correct PH imbalances in the carpet

As different parts of the carpet will receive different treatment over the years, it’s impossible to really test the entire carpet.

Instead, buy a PH stabiliser from the same store you bought the carpet dye from.

It’s important not to skip this step as otherwise, you may end up with a patchwork quilt of a floor.

You’ll also want to make sure to wear all the proper safety equipment and ensure the room is properly ventilated before using it.

6. Mix the dye

Keep the manufacturer’s instructions close to hand for quick reference.

As a reference, depending on the brand, 20 ounces of powder can cover around 1000 square feet of carpet.

7. Spray the dye

Test the spray on an inconspicuous area first.

We want to check the colour and make sure it looks as we intended.

Once you’re happy with how it looks, continue to spray the rest of the room.

8. Bear in mind how you will leave the room once you’re done

It’s best practice to begin in the opposite corner to where you want to exit, and back towards it.

Don’t forget to spray only a little at a time, working at it with your brush.

Add more dye as necessary and continue towards the door.

9. Let the dye dry

You need to let the dye dry for a minimum of 24 hours.

Once the carpet is dry, feel free to replace the furniture and baseboards.

We hope you found this article of interest.

If this is too much work for you, consider looking for professional carpet dyeing near you.

To see our carpeting fitting services, check out our services page, or alternatively, call us at any time for your free consultation.

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