Carpet inside of a home or vehicle often becomes stained and discolored long before it is worn out. Even with regular vacuuming and cleaning, your carpet may look old before its time. If your carpet is made of wool or nylon, dyeing the carpet can be an effective way to make it look new again, extend its life, or change it to fit a new home décor. Do not dye your carpet if it is made from acrylic, polypropylene or polyester – the fiber won’t absorb the dye properly. There are professionals available to help you should you decide to dye your carpet. Do-it-yourself carpet dyeing is very risky and results are marginal, but it is possible.
Method 1 – Prepping the Carpet
In general, home carpet dying is more effective when you choose a color that is darker than the original color of the carpet. If the carpet is heavily stained with dark colored stains, a color darker than the stain produces best results. You cannot dye a carpet to a lighter color.
Method 2 – Dyeing the Carpet
Method 3 – Hiring a Professional to Dye Your Carpet
Only contact companies that offer only carpet dyeing services. Hiring a carpet cleaner who has no carpet dying expertise could result in the carpet being poorly done. Make sure that whoever you are hiring is a professional and that they have dyed carpets before.
- Don’t dye a carpet that is in extremely poor shape. The dye won’t go on even if there are lots of stains, spots or discolorations that you are trying to cover up.
- Double check to make sure your carpet is nylon or wool. You can do this by collecting a few face fibers and placing in shallow dish. Cover fibers with household bleach and let sit overnight (for at least 12 hours). It is dyeable if the fiber should be yellow or white, having lost all of the original color (meaning it is nylon carpet) . If the fiber dissolves, it is wool and is dyeable. If the fiber does not loose any color, it is not dyeable. If the fiber turns pink or purple, it is not dyeable.
- Sometimes you must apply dye a second time to areas that dry lighter than the rest of the carpet. This can happen if you don’t apply enough dye the first time or in areas where stains, fading and other color changes varied before you applied the dye.
- Limit your use of the dyed carpet for the amount of time suggested by the manufacturer. Environmental and carpet conditions may also affect the amount of time it takes for the dye to completely set.
- Carpet dye is not a permanent solution to replacing carpets and should never be done on dirty or excessively worn carpets. Carpet dying is intended to make a carpet look good for a while longer. In time, the color may wear from the carpet, especially in areas of high traffic or sun exposure. Apply fresh dye to those areas if it is still not time to replace the carpet.