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January 10, 2006

I have a pal whose family members used hair coloring to dye their carpeting. It worked successfully. So if you're planning on new flooring, you might want to do this, rather than what you were originally planning.

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October 1, 2010

Can you dye or stain carpet? We got a fixer up house and the carpet is orange, but is in good shape after I cleaned it. Thanks for any ides.

By Jan from OH

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A friend of mine had a relative who was considering using dye on her carpet and so I did a lot of research for her on the 'net and price checking to help her decide if this was the route she really wanted to take. Here's what I learned:

Yes, carpet can be dyed and reasonably affordable, but it also has its downside. Only the lightest color of carpet can give close to the true dye color you want. (white or pale shades) You will get off colors from the dye in your carpet (orange) in your case and it may not be the color you really want after applying dye. The orange coloring mixed w another color will give a whole new color. The type of carpet fiber also influences whether dye will take and the biggest question, Is it colorfast? It can bleed onto your fabric furniture and ruin it. Willing to take that chance?

My suggestion to you is to use an old orange colored carpet first with the same kind of carpeting as in your room and see how it does if you can get a hold of one. You might try a carpet shop and see if they have those square samples in the color close to your own carpet and try it out on that. it won't cost much to get one of those to check out your idea on.

If it were me, I'd live with what you've got and then replace when the time comes as it may streak and not evenly color blend. Good luck if you choose to dye the carpet.

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My carpet is a beige color and is showing its age. Is there a way to dye it a little darker color (maybe a dark beige) without spending a fortune doing it?

By Cricket from Parkton, NC

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August 23, 20150 found this helpful
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Yes it is very possible. We had some stained and old light beige carpet in a very large room. We rented a rug doctor, got a big thing of vinegar and some brown rit dye and we dyed the carpet. it looked so much better when we were done, and costed just a fraction of what it would have if we had bought new carpet.

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October 1, 2010

I wasn't quite sure how I got these bleached looking spots on my carpet then I realized they came from an acne medication that I had been using.

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November 26, 2009

Does anyone know anything about dyeing carpet? I have a nice carpet in a small bedroom, that is 70's gold and would like to dye it myself.

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