How To Dye Your Carpet

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Over the years, the carpet in your home has to endure fading, spills and the wear and tear of people walking across it. While you might think that you need to replace your carpet, there is another option. You can choose to dye it. While you can hire a professional to do this for you, you can save money by doing it yourself. Keep in mind that it's impossible to dye your carpet to a lighter color. This means you will either have to match its current color or dye it a darker color.

What You Will Need

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Sheets of Newspaper
  • Masking Tape
  • Carpet Dye
  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Spray Bottle
  • Pump Sprayer
  • Cleaning Brush
  • Protective Gloves

Step 1. Test your carpet to ensure that it can be dyed. You can only dye a carpet that is made of nylon or wool. Take a small sample from an out-of-the-way location like a closet and burn it. If it's wool, it will burn very slowly and leave a dark looking ash. If it's nylon, it should melt and turn into hard, light-colored beads.

Step 2. You'll need to relocate any pieces of furniture, since dye on them may be impossible to remove. To protect your baseboard, tape strips of newspaper all along the perimeter of the room. Make sure that you keep anyone (including pets and children) away from the carpet while you're working and until it is fully dried.

Step 3. Thoroughly vacuum the carpet and then clean it with a shampooer or steam cleaner. Make sure that you wait for the carpet to fully dry before you proceed. You can accelerate the process of drying by positioning box fans on the carpet.

Step 4. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to mix the dye. You will usually have to do this in small batches, since dye has to be kept hot in order for it to work.

Step 5. With a spray bottle, spray a little of the mixed dye in an out-of-the-way spot on your carpet (again, this could be in a closet). Allow the dye to fully dry and examine it to ensure that it is the right color and is absorbing into the carpet properly.

Step 6. Pour a quantity of the dye into a pump sprayer and begin spraying the carpet. Plan ahead so that when you are done you have arrived at an exit so you don't have to walk over the carpet.

Step 7. Spray using smooth, even strokes. As you are doing this, use a cleaning brush to gently rub the dye into the fibers of the carpet. Let the carpet fully dry before using it.

For more information about carpets, contact a company like Aggieland Carpet One Floor & Home.

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1 December 2014