Has your carpet lost its charm and beauty? At times, it happens that in spite of regular cleaning and vacuuming, a carpet becomes faded and stained. This makes the carpet look old and ugly. Carpet dyeing is an effective method to restore the colour, beauty, and looks of a carpet in a cheaper way. Carpet dyeing is also a good option if you want your carpet to gel with a new home decor.
It is advisable to hire professionals for carpet dyeing though you can do it at home as well. Home carpet dyeing methods yield marginal results and could be risky if you do not have proper consultation. For instance, carpets made of polyester, polypropylene, or acrylic should not be dyed at all. On the other hand, you can easily dye carpets made of nylon and wool. If you still want to do it yourself then here is the process of carpet dyeing:
Preparing for Carpet Dyeing
Set a Budget:-
First of all, set a budget for carpet dyeing. Then get in touch with professional carpet cleaners who do carpet dyeing. Calculate the cost of carpet dyeing on your own and compare it with the price quoted to you by a professional company. If the cost variation is not too much and you can afford it then it is suggested to hire experts to do the job. However, if you are totally confident of doing it yourself and want to give it a try then you can go for it.
Pick Appropriate Carpet Dye:–
Once you decide to do it yourself, the first thing you have to do is find the most appropriate dye for your carpet. Always remember to dye your carpet only if it is made of nylon or wool. Choose the right carpet dye for your carpet. You can find the right kind of carpet dye in retail stores, carpet stores, home supply stores, or local fabric stores. Carpet dyes can be purchased in various standard colours. You can also find them on online stores.
Tips: It is generally a good idea to choose a darker shade of colour than the colour of your carpet. Never choose a lighter colour as it won’t have desired results. If you need original colour of the carpet then you will have to look for a retailer that deals in custom carpet dyes.
The next thing you need to do is to remove the furniture from your carpet.
Get a Carpet Steam Cleaner:-
You need to clean your carpets for dyeing the carpet. And for this you need a carpet steam cleaning machine. You can either purchase one or get it on rent. Carpet steam cleaning machines are available on rent per day so it easy to get one.
Do Carpet Cleaning:-
Next step is to clean your carpet thoroughly. Take into consideration cleaning instructions of your carpet fabric of the carpet steam cleaning machine. You might have to clean stained area twice for complete cleaning. Go along with the width of the carpet and cover all areas thoroughly.
Wait for Carpet Drying:–
After steam cleaning the carpet, wait for the carpet to dry completely. If you try to dye a wet carpet then it won’t work as the carpet will not be able to absorb the colour. You can use sponges or paper towel to dry the carpet.
Follow Instructions of Carpet Dye:-
Read the instructions on the dye packet and prepare the carpet dye accordingly.
Wear Proper Clothes:–
You are likely to spoil your clothes while dyeing the carpet. So be prepared and dress accordingly. You should also wear gloves and eyewear to be extra careful.
Test Carpet Dye:-
It is always best to test the dye you are going to use on a small patch of the carpet. Take an area that is less visible or comes under some furniture to do the test. Once you are satisfied with the results, you can do carpet dyeing for the whole carpet.
Apply Carpet Dye:–
Start applying the dye to your carpet. Begin from the furthest corner of the carpet and work towards the exit. This avoids stepping on the wet carpet. If you have to spray the dye, as suggested by the dye packet, then first pour it in a cup and then transfer it to the spray bottle. This will avoid any spills. After spraying, use a brush with stiff bristles to scrub the carpet in order to let the dye go deep into the carpet fibres. Brushing in circular motion is the best you can do without causing any harm to the carpet fabric.
Let Carpet Dry:-
After carpet dyeing, let the carpet dry for a while. Do not let even pets or kids to use the room. You will get an estimate for the carpet drying time on the dye package. To be safe, it is best to wait a little longer than the required time.
Hire Professionals for Carpet Dyeing
Hire professionals for carpet dyeing if you do not want to get down on your knees to do the job on your own. You can compare prices from various professional companies for this job and choose the one that suits you best. Find out about a company’s experience in carpet dyeing, what kind of dyes they use, what dyeing method they use, and how much they charge for the same. Calculate everything well before hiring a company for your favourite carpet. Once you hire professionals for the job, all you need to do is stay away from the room in which the carpet is lying. All other things will be taken care of by the experts and you will get a beautiful carpet again that will come with a long life!