How to Dye Carpet
If any of your home's carpet is becoming worn or faded, you may want to consider dying it. Dying carpet is a simple and cost-conscious alternative to needlessly purchasing new carpet.
Step 1 - Prep Your Carpet
Before proceeding to dye your carpet, you will need to give it a thorough cleaning. Begin this process by removing any furniture from the carpeted area you wish to dye. Once the room has been cleared out, go over the entire area with a vacuum cleaner, paying special attention to any hard-to-reach crevices. After the carpeted area is dust-free, apply your organic carpet shampoo, then use a sponge, scrub brush, or washcloth to vigorously scrub away any stains or caked-on dirt deposits. Lastly, use painter's tape to seal off your walls as well as any other areas you wish to protect from the dye.
When performing this step, it is very important that you use a 100 percent natural carpet shampoo, as the chemicals found in most commercial carpet shampoos may have a bad reaction to the chemicals found in your carpet dye and produce potentially hazardous fumes.
Step 2 - Protect Yourself
Having prepped your carpeted area, you will now need to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. Begin this step by opening any nearby doors and windows to ensure that the area in which you are working receives proper ventilation and that the fumes given off by the dye are able to make a prompt exit from your home. Next, don a paper breathing mask and a pair of protective goggles.
Step 3 - Apply Your Dye
Now that your freshly cleaned carpeted area has been given ample time to dry, it's time to apply your dye. If you purchased a spray-can based dye, you will not need to make any further preparations. However, if you're using a dye that needs to be mixed with water, you will need to combine the dye with as much water as the product's packaging instructs inside of an empty spray bottle.
When applying your dye, take care to spray it onto one small patch of carpet at a time. Once the dye has been applied to a certain area, use a hard-bristled scrub brush to rub it into the carpet using firm circular motions. Continue in this fashion until the entire carpeted area has been successfully dyed. Try to apply roughly the same amount of dye to each individual area. This can generally be measured by the number of sprays. If, at any point, you feel yourself becoming dizzy or lightheaded as a result of the dye fumes, take a break outdoors and don't resume work until you feel comfortable doing so.
After allowing your dye to set in for the amount of time specified on the product's packaging, you may remove your painter's tape and bring any furniture back into the room.