How to Color Dye My Carpet

It makes sense to dye a carpet, rather than replace it, especially if it is in good condition. Many products are available to enable you to transform a dull colour into a chic and vibrant one. Your carpet must be made of wool or a wool/nylon mix; carpet dye will not take on polypropylene. Carpet dye is extremely stable, as it is the same dye used in the manufacture of carpets. The only difference is that you are going to dye it right where it is on your living room floor.

Remove all the furniture from the room. You need complete, unobstructed access to the carpet. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly and inspect for stains and damage. Use spot cleaner to remove stains and make any necessary repairs.

Shampoo the carpet, following the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure it is completely dry before thoroughly vacuuming once more. It is important there is no dirt or grease remaining in the pile, as it will prevent the dye from being absorbed, resulting in patchy colour.

Protect the baseboards and door frames with plastic sheeting secured with masking tape. Tuck the sheeting in tightly so all the carpet is accessible.

Prepare the dye solution. Follow the directions included in the package carefully. Fill the spray bottle with the dye.

Begin as far away from the door as possible. Choose a corner that usually has a large piece of furniture. In this way, if you change your mind, you can hide the mistake.

Spray the solution lightly over a small area of carpet, roughly a square yard. Use the brush in sweeping movements to work the colour into the pile. Try to achieve an even coverage. Make your way slowly from the starting corner outward and back toward the door.

Allow the carpet to dry. The true colour will not be apparent until it is completely dry. Assess the coverage; if necessary, repeat the colouring procedure.


If you have a scrap of leftover carpet, use it for a test run. Choose a colour close to, or darker than, the current shade. Purchase dye at a carpet retailer or online.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Spot cleaner
  • Carpet shampoo
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Masking tape
  • Carpet dye
  • Spray bottle
  • Hard bristle brush
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Beverley Gee began her freelance writing career in 1982. She earned a National Diploma in information technology and business studies at Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff, U.K. She has written for several U.K. publications including the "South Wales Echo" and her local newspaper, "The Diary." She is also a qualified reflexologist.