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Hair Dye Stain on Carpet

I do I go about removing hair dye from carpet?

By chocmoose888 from CO


Hair Dye Stain on Carpet

Unfortunately you will not be able to remove the hair dye due to the chemical makeup of the product as it is a permanent dye. I was a hairdresser in a previous life and many an outfit were ruined due to hair dye. You may have to have the carpets professionally dyed a darker color or if possible where the stain is you could have the area cut out and have an accent rug of good quality inserted into the bare spot. That will look amazing and as though you had planned the look all along, it is guaranteed to receive many compliments from visitors if it is in a location that would accept the look of the " inserted piece " of carpet. Or as an alternative you could possibly have ceramic tile or wood laminate flooring installed in the area of stained carpet. (09/13/2009)


By Beau D

Hair Dye Stain on Carpet

It depends upon the color of the carpet, the thickness and the height of each strand of carpet, as well as the dye color.
If dark carpet, try using alcohol first, then warm water and a clear, but cheap "clarifying shampoo" in a strong solution (least amt. of water), with an old toothbrush, scrubbing gently, then blotting with folded paper towel "pads". (always begin in the least conspicuous place in the room, perhaps near a wall or corner?).

If it is a light colored carpet, and a light brown hair color, try the shampoo only, leaving it on about fifteen minutes, expecting to have to work a little to remove it, since it's concentrated shampoo and will really bubble, and be stiff when dry if not all removed. But if the hair coloring is lifted out, some stiffness will be not so bad as the stains, right? Be very careful that you use only exactly the amount you need right on the spot(s).

If a light carpet and dark hair coloring with no "red" to it, such as black or darkest brown, it may take many tries, much elbow grease, and all day or even several days, but I'd try the above shampoo in near straight strength, "only" on the spot, blotting, rather than wiping. Wear gloves, regardless, and you may need a full roll of paper towels. Avoid warmer water if you can, because it will open the fibers of the threads and the color will bleed deeper and the stain will "set into the fibers" making it nearly impossible to remove, without the patience of Job.

As a last resort if there is any red to the hair color, or if the stain has lifted to a red stage and will not lift any more: Try Almay eye makeup remover, (few others are as good), if you can find it. It's a clear liquid. Prepare to use the whole bottle and "blot" only, not the brushing, using a whole roll of paper towels, a fresh one for each effort, as long as something is getting on the towel to indicate the stain is still releasing some of its color.


I've moved 22 times and have had most every kind of accident, encountered previous tenants/owner's stains, floor coloring, furniture stains, etc., and was in Real Estate as well as apartment leasing. These are the only things I can think of.

If the carpet/rug happens to be wool, forget it! Pray that it's a synthetic carpet, mostly polyester or nylon and that God will help you remove it. God bless and good luck! (09/14/2009)

By lyndagayle62

Hair Dye Stain on Carpet

I too am a former hairstylist and this 'might' at least minimize the stain. All beauty supply stores carry a liquid called 'Clean Touch' by Clairol. Squirt a bunch on the stain, scrub with a plastic scrubber and then with a damp cloth. In some cases it has removed the stains from different fabrics/fibers, but it will depend on how long it's been there, how much, and what color. It's worth a try. Good luck. (09/14/2009)

By Deeli

Hair Dye Stain on Carpet

Before you spend a small fortune getting your carpets professionally cleaned, why not just try washing with shampoo or an oxiclean of some sort and dabbing dry with paper towels. I have many times gotten permanent hair dye on my "white" house cleaning T-shirts and after washing and drying about 4 or 5 times, the stain eventually comes out. This happened to me quite by accident and I was surprised because I even put the T-shirt in the dryer. Now, I never panic if I get it on my shirt, but painted walls is another story. (09/21/2009)

By freebyrdz

Hair Dye Stain on Carpet

Try Goof Off. The single best product to have around the house. It also removes paint from bathroom tile and bathroom porcelain as well as depilatory wax from various bathroom items. Be sure to ventilate the room while using. (11/14/2009)

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