One Way to Dye Your Own Carpets


The tan rug in #216 has been taken Carpets.

It had been impossible.

A brand new carpet was required.

That meant pulling the older one, scratching off the pad, and after calling the carpeting guy and depositing $1000 or even more.

It was not anybody’s fault location autolaveuse.

The carpeting had functioned well.

It did not have frayed edges, or worn down stains, along with the rest was still fairly great. It merely seemed terrible.

Nobody would rent the flat using a rug in that state.

I steam cleaned it hopes it could be miraculously cured.

Then it struck me.

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

Certainly they can perform a magic trick.


However, I noticed my dyeing job within the bleached out areas had kept its initial colour.

Then it happened to me, why don’t you try dyeing the whole rug to match the stains I’d sprayed?

Two pictures came into mind how I could do this.

I could blend the dye with warm water in my small steam cleaner (just like you’d rent in the marketplace) or that I could make use of up a pump garden sprayer. I made the decision on the sprayer since the renter below had endured through sufficient steam cleaning sound.

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

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

I transferred the planks since I dyed, but after some time since I became comfortable with all the sprayer, I did not actually need them.

Additionally, after dyeing a segment, also before reloading the sprayer, I utilized my small Bissell carpet sweeper to even outside the regions I’d sprayed and operate the dye in the carpeting.

But the bleached out stains did not match the general carpet shade after I ended dyeing.

So the following day I applied a second coat.

Even better, but still not great enough.

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

This was be a boon in disguise.

I place 4 tablespoons of the darker dye to my two quarts of hot hot water, then pumped up the sprayer and applied another coat.

That is when the magic started to happen.

The darker brown actually kicked .

The paths down the hall vanished, as did the light stains under the chimney.

The carpet began to appear to be a true carpet again, however, the bleached out spots nevertheless 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 in the nap. My aim was to combine everything together.

I applied two coats of this dark brown dye, roughly $12 value of dye, above a 700 square foot place.

It had been simple, and enjoyable to perform.

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

Because I have obsessed over the bleached out spots from the carpeting I will still find a number of these, but maybe not all. There’s a slight darkening from the rug where they existed, but every time a possible renter came through to lease the flat, and I explained to her what I’d done, she glanced at it, said it seemed fine, and proceeded to examine the kitchen.

My daughter and my neighbor seen the carpeting and said it seemed great, better than their own rugs.

However, I know that it’s not perfect.

My dad mentioned the dye could be poisonous.

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

But to be safe I phoned RIT, the manufacturers of this dye, as well as their agent assured me that their dyes are nontoxic, but they don’t advise using them on rugs because a number of the clients have called and stated the dye rubs off with time.

I moved back to #216, soaked a cone with hot hot water, and tried to rub the dye off in a number of spots.

Nothing happened.

I am not sure.

But if it will wear away, and the carpeting is still useable, why don’t you dye those places again, such as 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 favourite style, say that a celebrity or elephant, put it over the blot or repaint out place, then squirt the dye in the stencil. A great deal simpler than dyeing the whole carpet!

Only a thought.


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