Do-It-Yourself Carpet Dyeing

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Do-It-Yourself Carpet Dyeing
Replacing carpet is an expensive project. (boots on carpet image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Replacing carpeting is a common way that many people remodel a room. Unfortunately, carpeting can be expensive. Not only do you have to pay for the carpet itself, but you will most likely have to pay to have it installed. DIY carpet dyeing gives you the option to pick your custom colours and designs without having to pay a hefty price tag for new carpeting. Dyeing your carpet allows your creative juices to flow while saving you money.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Carpet shampooer
  • Rubber gloves
  • Carpet dye
  • Pressure sprayer
  • Spray bottle
  • Stencils
  • Scrub brush

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Instructions

    Dyeing a Carpet

  1. 1

    Remove all furniture and other items on the carpet. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Shampoo the carpet 24 to 48 hours before the dyeing process. Carpet shampooers are available for rent at home improvement stores and tool rental centres. Allow the carpet to dry completely before continuing.

  3. 3

    Mix the carpet dye according to its directions. Each brand of carpet dye will have its own set of specific instructions. Read and follow all directions and warnings for your specific brand of carpet dye.

  4. 4

    Pour the carpet dye mixture into a pressure sprayer. Pressure sprayers are available for rent at home improvement stores and tool rental centres.

  5. 5

    Apply the dye to the carpet in long, even strokes. Do not overlap the dye as this will cause darker streaks on the carpet. Continue in this manner until you have achieved the desired results.

  6. 6

    Allow the carpet to dry completely—usually about 24 hours—before replacing your household items.

    Dyeing Designs onto a Carpet

  1. 1

    Remove all furniture and other items on the carpet. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Shampoo the carpet 24 to 48 hours before the dyeing process. Carpet shampooers are available for rent at home improvement stores and tool rental centres. Allow the carpet to dry completely before continuing.

  3. 3

    Mix the carpet dye according to its directions. Each brand of carpet dye will have its own set of specific instructions. Read and follow all directions and warnings for your specific brand of carpet dye.

  4. 4

    Add the dye mixture into a spray bottle. Place the design stencil on the carpet. Hold the stencil with one hand while spraying the dye over the stencil opening.

  5. 5

    Scrub the dye into the fibres of the carpet with a scrub brush. Keep holding the stencil in place while scrubbing so as to not spread dye outside of the design. Allow the carpet to dry completely before use.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear rubber gloves when working with dye to prevent the dye from staining your hands.

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