How to Re-dye Carpet
Over time, a carpet may lose its color. In old times, once a carpet lost its color, there was nothing you could do except to live with it that way. Nowadays, if you carpet loses its color, you can easily re-dye it yourself. Dying a carpet yourself can be very rewarding and you can do this easily by following a few simple steps.
Step 1: Choosing the Color
It is important to know the fabric of you carpet. It is good to know that both polyester and acrylic carpets are quite impossible to dye properly. The color you chose to dye your carpet is dependent on the previous color of your carpet. For example, if you have a blue carpet and you decide to paint it red, the resultant color will be purple. When carpet dying, you can only go darker and never lighter, so chose your color well.
Step 2: Clean Your Carpet
Remove all the furniture from the room. Vacuum the room to remove all dirt from the floor and afterwards use the carpet shampoo to clean your carpet. The color will absorb better if your carpet is clean. Using the masking tape, cover the lower part of your wall so you avoid staining. It is safer to wear gloves and old clothes as one can stain his skin with the carpet dye and it will be very hard to remove.
Step 3: Mixing the Dye
Dissolve some of the dye in some hot water to get the color you want. This will depend upon the instructions on the particular instructions. Stir well so that the dye is distributed evenly in the water and shake well. Always follow the dye manufacturer’s instructions. After the mixture is shaken well, pour into the spray bottle. To test the dye, spray some on your piece of carpet scrap. If you are not satisfied with the color, keep adding water or dye to the spray can until you achieve the color desired.
Step 4: Dying Your Carpet
This next step is the most important. Start in one corner of the room and spray dye evenly throughout the section you are spraying on. Use a scrub brush to pat the dye well into the carpet fibers, while ensuring that there is an even circulation. Be sure to scrub in a circular motion. Do not stop in the middle and continue another time. Make sure to complete the whole carpet at once.
Step 5: Finishing Up
Leave your carpet to dry for a minimum of 24 hours. Clean your brushes with warm water and soap. Once your carpet has dried, remove the tape from the walls and put your furniture back in its place.
This is a very cheap alternative to dying your carpet yourself instead of asking for professional help which might cost a lot of money. So once you have put the furniture in place and satisfied with your result, sit back and enjoy your newly colored carpet.