One Way to Dye Your Own Carpets

The tan carpet in #216 has been shot Carpets.

It had been hopeless.

A new carpet was required.

That meant pulling up the older one, scraping off

pad, and then calling the carpet guy and depositing $1000 or more.

It was not anybody’s fault materiel de nettoyage lyon.

The carpet had served well.

It didn’t have frayed edges, or worn down spots, along with the rest was still fairly good. It merely looked terrible. Bleach spots, stains, dark trails down the hallway and into the living room, and light spots at which the sun had struck it on a daily basis through the windows.

No one would rent the apartment using a rug in that condition.

I steam cleaned it hopes it would be miraculously healed.

No such luck.

Then it hit me.

I bought an 8 oz jar of RIT tan dye (the kind you use for dyeing clothing) at the drug store for $4, then blended a little in a spray bottle with steaming hot water, then shook it up and sprayed the stains.

They came out a brassy brown, nothing similar to the color of the present carpet.

Certainly they can perform a magic trick.


But I noticed that my dyeing job within the bleached out areas had maintained its initial colour.

Then it happened to me, why don’t you try dyeing the entire rug to match the spots I had sprayed?

Two pictures came into mind on how I might do this.

I could mix the dye with hot water in my small steam cleaner (just like you would rent at the marketplace) or that I could use up a pump garden sprayer. I made the decision on the sprayer since the tenant below had endured through enough steam cleaning sound.

I mixed 8 tablespoons of dye to the 2 quarts of hot hot water in the sprayer, screwed from the pump, then shook up the contents and pumped it up.

I adjusted the nozzle onto the sprayer into a nice spray and started.

I transferred the boards since I dyed, but after a while since I became familiar with the sprayer, I did not actually need them.

Additionally, after dyeing a segment, and before reloading the sprayer, I utilized my small Bissell carpet sweeper to even out the areas I had sprayed and operate the dye in the carpeting.

But still, the bleached out spots didn’t match the general carpet shade after I finished dyeing.

So the following day I applied another coat.

Even better, but still not great enough.

I then moved back to the store for much more dye, but they did not have anymore tan. I moved to three other shops, but no tan.

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

I put 4 tablespoons of this darker dye to my 2 quarts of hot hot water, pumped up the sprayer and applied another coat.

That’s when the magic started to happen.

The darker brown actually kicked in.

The paths down the hallway disappeared, as did the light stains under the chimney.

The carpet began to appear to be a true carpet again, but the bleached out spots still dyed a slightly darker colour than the rest of the carpeting.

To compensate for that I dyed other areas of the rug darker by spraying dye onto them continued with my carpet sweeper to even out the dye and then work it into the nap. My goal was to combine everything together.

It worked… somewhat.

I applied two coats of the dark brown dye, roughly $12 worth of dye, over a 700 square foot place.

It was simple, and fun to perform.

From the time that I applied the second coat the carpeting looked nearly new.

Because I’ve obsessed over the bleached out stains in the carpeting I will still find some of these, but not all. There is a slight darkening from the rug where they once existed, but when a possible tenant came through to lease the flat, and I explained to her what I had done, she glanced at it, said it seemed fine, and proceeded to look at the kitchen.

My daughter and my neighbor also viewed the carpet and both said it seemed great, better than their own rugs.

But I know that it’s not perfect.

My father mentioned the dye might be poisonous.

I had not thought of that. I figured if you could dye your clothes with it you can certainly do a carpet.

But to be safe I phoned RIT, the makers of this dye, and their agent assured me that all their dyes are nontoxic, but that they don’t recommend using them on rugs because some of their clients have called and said the dye rubs off over time.

I moved back up to #216, soaked a rag with hot hot water, and tried to rub the dye off in several spots.

Nothing happened.

Maybe in time the dye will wear in well traveled areas.

I am not sure.

Time will tell.

But if it will wear away, and the carpeting is still useable, why don’t you dye those areas again, like repainting walls, or staining wood doors and trim that expertise wear and tear?

P.S. My daughter suggested I include this next thought: Why not cut a stencil of your favorite design, say that a celebrity or elephant, put it over the blot or bleached out spot, then spray the dye in the stencil. A great deal simpler than dyeing the whole carpet!

Just a thought.


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