DIY: Carpet Dye to Change Carpet Color

When most people are not happy with the colour of their carpet, they have the carpet removed and replaced. Unfortunately, the carpeting itself can be quite expensive and you have to pay to have the old flooring ripped out of the room and the new carpet installed. If a new carpet is just not in your budget, consider dyeing the old carpet yourself. Dyeing your old carpet allows you the opportunity to change the look of the room without the hefty price tag.

Remove items, such as furniture and rugs, from the carpet. You must remove everything off the carpet before the dyeing process can begin.

Vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove surface dust, dirt and other debris. Shampoo the carpet with a carpet-cleaning machine and let the carpet dry 24 hours before continuing.

Cover the baseboards with plastic tarp to protect them from dye splatter and stains. Don a pair of rubber gloves to prevent your skin from staining.

Read the directions printed on the dye label. Some dyes require mixing with water before use. Refer to the dye's instructions printed on the label for more information.

Fill a pressure sprayer with the mixed dye. Start at the end of the carpet furthest away from the entrance and work toward it. Spray the dye on the carpet in long, even strokes working in small three to four foot sections at a time.

Scrub the dye into the carpet fibres using a scrub brush. Continue spraying small sections of the carpet and scrubbing with the brush until you have completely saturated the carpet with the dye. Let the dye dry for 48 hours.


Carpet dye works best when you use dark coloured dyes on light coloured carpets. You can rent carpet cleaners at department stores and home improvement centres.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Carpet shampooer
  • Plastic tarps
  • Rubber gloves
  • Carpet dye
  • Pressure sprayer
  • Scrub brush
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.