My husband and I are about to purchase our first home. It is a foreclosure so its buy "as is". There's really not too much wrong with it other than carpet stains (and the carpet is a really light color, almost white). I have heard of dying carpet and I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers. Any tips that can be offered would be great.
By Lacey from Fort Smith, AR
Before you attempt something that big, go out and buy a can of Spot Shot - dark blue can with an orange top - in the carpet cleaning dept. of Wal Mart, grocery store, Home Depot, or the like. It's a miraculous carpet stain remover.
I haven't found anything it won't remove. Maybe the carpet can be saved.
First you will need to know what fiber your carpet is made out of. Some of them can't be dyed. I would have a carpet cleaning company come and give an estimate for dyeing. Sometimes it is not more expensive than having it cleaned.
Try Huggie Baby wipes to clean the spots! My son rented a house that had a white carpet with some black spots that looked like black car oil! I was able to get all the black spots out with Huggies baby wipes. I had just heard about huggiesi being good for spot cleaning carpets a few days before that -- think it was on The View that I heard about other uses for Huggies. Taking off makup and spot cleaning carpets were two of the uses that I remember! I now keep a soft package of Costco's baby wipes in the car for cleaning up hands, faces and/or spills from fast food, in the car. And if and when they dry out, I pour a liiitle hydrogen peroxide over the dried out towels as it also helps as a good sanitizer of hands for germs, etc.
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I would like to know what you could use to dye a carpet? Thanks.
Dyeing carpet is quite common. Some people are very happy with the results, others not so enthused. It's cheaper than buying a new carpet, plus you don't end up with those horrible chemical odors, such as those emitted by new carpeting. (03/20/2009)
Not a good idea to do yourself. Hire a professional who has training and experience and if they mess up they are the ones held responsible for fixing or replacing the carpet. Get bids from a few contractors and ask for contact info from previous customers.
It may well be that having your carpet dyed will only save a little money. Go to a few carpet warehouses and ask to look at their remnant carpets (usually discontinued remains which they sell very inexpensively to get them out of their warehouse space). I was able to have one 1000 square foot level of a previous home done with remnant and it saved a huge amount of money. (03/22/2009)
We purchased a new-to-us-house. The carpet was nearly new, but was dirty in the traffic areas. Before we moved in, we had a professional carpet cleaning company come in to clean the carpet.
However, some of the heavy traffic areas still were looking pretty bad. They suggested to me that they could "dye" the carpeting, while they cleaned, and thus re-fresh the color.
I was so glad that we chose to do this. The carpet looked like it was brand new. And those heavy used areas, such as the stairs, and from the great room into the kitchen, really looked better. You couldn't tell those areas had been very dirty.
I can not remember what they charged for the dyeing, but it was really worth it. Call some of the larger carpet cleaners in your town, and ask them about doing this. I am afraid that it isn't something that is a DIY thing. Good luck.