Answered: Can You Dye Your Carpets? This Is How To Do It!

Found a stubborn stain on your carpet? Is your carpet starting to fade? When this happens, most of us think that the only option is to replace it. Even though buying a new carpet isn’t a bad idea, it is indeed an expensive one, especially when you have an affordable alternative.

Carpet on parquet in different designs

Yes! We are talking about dyeing your carpets. And you may already know how to get smells out of carpets, how to fix a burnt one or even how to get furniture marks out of them, but what about this one? In this article, we will tell you all you need to know about dyeing your carpets to make them look as good as new. Without further ado, let’s get started!

How to prepare your carpet before starting your DIY project?

Convinced that this is the better option and ready to dye your faded, stained carpet? Hold your horses, people! We know that you are excited – so are we. However, you need to keep a couple of things in mind before you start your carpet dyeing project. Let’s see how to prepare the carpet before getting down to business.

1. Consider Your Budget

When you are thinking about dyeing your old carpet, there are two options – doing it yourself or hiring a professional. It is a good idea to show your carpet to a professional first and get an estimate of the expenses.

Think of the cost of doing this job yourself and compare it with the numbers quoted by the professional. If you are fine with the expense of hiring a professional, go with it. However, dyeing a carpet yourself is pretty easy and we will recommend that you follow our guide below instead. 

2. Select the Right Carpet Dye

Check the material and fabric of your carpet. If it is nylon or wool, you are good to go. While selecting the carpet dye, read the instructions given on the package to see if the dye is compatible with the fabric of your carpet. There are particular fabric dyes in the market that you can choose from.

Consider the colour of the carpet dye as well. Generally, carpet dyeing is more effective if you select a darker shade than the original carpet colour. Smoke grey is a great option! If your carpet is stained, get a colour that is darker than those stains to hide them effectively. 

Unfortunately, you can’t dye yours to a lighter colour. Moreover, you need to consider the colour of your wallpaper, paint, existing furniture, curtains, etc. Go with the colour that blends in perfectly with the existing décor while hiding the stains successfully. You can get carpet dye from your nearest home improvement store or from online stores.

Man cleaning carpet using vacuum cleaner

3. Remove all the Furniture

Before dyeing a carpet, it is better to remove all the furniture. This is really helpful when you are dyeing the whole carpet instead of spot-dyeing it. Since you have to deep clean the carpet before the project, you should remove the furniture to have easy access to it. Plus, your furniture will not get wet, stained, or damaged in any way if it is out of the way. 

4. Get a Carpet Cleaning Steamer

For deep cleaning the carpet, you will have to get a carpet cleaner or a steam cleaner. You have the option to rent the steamer instead of buying it since you are not going to need it for a long time. 

5. Clean Your Carpet

Follow the instructions on the steam cleaner and keep in mind the cleaning instructions of your carpet. Bleach spots that have stains on them. Follow the instructions to ensure that you do a thorough cleaning job and don’t waste your time and efforts.

6. Let the Carpet Dry

Once your carpet is clean, allow it to dry completely before you start dyeing it. If the carpet is wet, it will make the dyeing process difficult. 

This is How You Dye Your Carpet Step-by-Step

Step 1: Mix the Dye

The mixing instructions for every dye are different. Usually, you have to mix a chemical with hot water or warm water. Read the manufacturer’s suggestions to make it perfect.

Step 2: Wear Protective Clothing

Dyeing is going to be messy so don’t wear your favourite dress or your nice khakis. Wear gloves so that your hands don’t get stained. It is a good idea to get protective eyewear in case there are any irritants in the dye.

Step 3: Spot Test the Dye

Before starting the dyeing job, it is a good idea to test the dye on the carpet, preferably in an inconspicuous area. Test the area and let it dry for a couple of hours. The drying time for each dye is different and will be listed on the package. If you like the result, you can go about dyeing the entire carpet.

Woman wearing yellow gloves using spray bottle

Step 4: Apply the Dye

Apply the dye on the carpet, starting from one corner and then working your way towards the door so that you won’t have to step on it. In some cases, you have to spray the dye on the carpet. If this is the case, simply pour the dye into an empty spray bottle or paint sprayer. After spraying the dye on the carpet, scrub it using a stiff bristle brush, working in a circular motion. Go slowly and take your time so that all the carpet fibres are covered evenly.

Step 5: Let the Dye Dry

Keep your kids and pets out of the room while the dye is drying. Wait slightly longer than the estimated drying time to be safe. Voila! You have dyed your carpet successfully!

Why dye a carpet in the first place?

Wondering why dye a carpet? When you have kids and pets, carpets get stained very easily and in no time. Plus, in sunny rooms, carpets fade away quickly. In both these cases, the condition of the carpet as far as the fabric is concerned is fine, so it is not necessary to replace it. Here are a few reasons why you should think about this option.

1. Choose the Affordable Way

When you dye a carpet, instead of replacing it, you save up to 60% in terms of the costs. If you are willing to dye the carpet yourself, you will save even more. All you need is an affordable dye and a sprayer, and you will be good to go. 

Many homeowners, when planning to sell a home, want the house to look picture perfect. However, it is very easy to cross the line between improving the place in an affordable manner and spending all of your money while trying to do so. 

If you have a faded carpet or if your carpet has spot stains that are hard to remove, you should go about dyeing it instead of getting a replacement. This will be relatively easy on your pocket and your home will look amazing as well!

2. Get Rid of Stubborn Stains

Are there stubborn stains on your carpet that just won’t go away, even after getting professionally cleaned? Will you leave your carpet looking like that and ruining the look of the entire place? Of course not!

However, if the carpet is relatively new and you don’t have the budget to replace it, you can easily dye it and make the stains go away. You have the choice to dye the entire carpet as well as spot dyeing it to simply cover up the mess.

3. Remove the Faded Patches on Your Carpet

Over the passage of time, the sun exposure and other factors make the colour of the carpet faded. If your carpet is still in a good state despite the fading, why not consider revamping it by dyeing it?

Not only is this process cheaper than replacing the carpet, but it is also sustainable in the long run as well. Carpets are going to fade as time passes, there is no stopping that. However, it is not monetarily sensible to replace them every time this happens so dyeing is a better, long-term solution for a makeover.

Carpets in different colors

4. Get a Fresh, New Carpet Colour

Want to change the original colour of your living room carpeting but don’t want to break your bank while doing so? The practical choice is to dye it. This works really well if your carpet is light-coloured and you want to go dark!

Even if your carpet isn’t stained and faded, it is likely that you will get tired of having the same carpet day after day. Dyeing a carpet allows you to get a new, trendy colour without tearing out the existing carpet and replacing it with a new, expensive one.

DIY VS Hiring a Professional

As is apparent from the steps given above, you can dye a carpet yourself. You only have to be careful about the job. For instance, if your carpet is a stain-blocker one, search for a dye that works on it. 

Also, you will have to cover the floorboards and your wall to keep them safe from spillages. During the dyeing process, there is a risk of getting oversaturated or uneven colour. This is more likely to occur when you use a consumer-grade sprayer instead of a commercial-grade one.

Spot dyeing a carpet is even harder since it takes a particular amount of skill to blend dyes and understanding how to use them for stains. If you hire a professional you won’t have to do any of this.

They will take care of everything from selecting the dye to dyeing the carpet. However, professional dye jobs are expensive and you can’t afford to hire a professional every time your kid spills ketchup off the carpet. 

Living room with soft carpet

Whether it is stubborn stains that you are trying to get rid of or whether you are trying to breathe new life into your room, carpet dyeing is an easy, affordable solution. Instead of replacing your existing carpet and buying an expensive one that will get ruined eventually, you should learn how to dye it. Follow the DIY steps that we have mentioned above, and you will have a new, alluring carpet at a minimal cost.

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