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How to Restore Color to Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

You can dye wall-to-wall carpet to update a colour scheme, cover stains, fading or wear and tear. Dye restores colour to carpet in a single room or throughout a home or building. Original carpet colour can be matched and restored, while carpet dyed a darker colour creates a whole new design scheme. Carpet that's in good condition but sporting an outdated colour is a prime candidate for this budget-conscious remodelling idea. The carpet in a room or home can be changed over a three-day weekend.

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  1. Choose a dye colour that will restore the original colour or is slightly darker than the original.

  2. Remove all furniture from the room(s) and any drapery that falls within a few feet of the floor.

  3. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly to get rid of dirt and grit, and use suction attachments at corners and baseboards.

  4. Hire a professional carpet cleaner or rent a carpet shampooer from a local retailer and clean the carpet 24 hours before application of the dye.

  5. Place painter's tape and dust sheets along walls and baseboards to protect those areas from the dye.

  6. Follow the instructions the manufacturer has provided to mix the dye and fill a clean spray bottle with the dissolved dye.

  7. To begin using the dye, start with the farthest corner from the entry. Spray the dye in a small patch, about 1 to 2 feet square, and use a scrub brush to work the dye into the carpet. Use a circular motion for best results. Apply the dye evenly and then move to the next area requiring dye. Move back and forth across the room's carpet to complete the dyeing process and allow easy access to the room's entry at all times.

  8. Replace the furniture and drapery after the freshly dyed carpet has dried. Drying times will vary but 24 to 72 hours should be adequate for most climates and weather. Dye the carpet a deeper, darker colour by applying a second coat of dye after the first one has dried.

  9. Tip

    Dye stains anything it comes into contact with. Wear shoes and clothing that have little importance or can be thrown away. Wear plastic gloves to dye carpet. Professional carpet dyers can mix custom colours.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum with suction attachments
  • Plastic gloves
  • Painter's tape and dust sheets
  • Scrub brush
  • Spray bottle
  • Carpet dye
  • Carpet shampooer (optional)

About the Author

Alex Burke holds a degree in environmental design and a Master of Arts in information management. She's worked as a licensed interior designer, artist, database administrator and nightclub manager. A perpetual student, Burke writes Web content on a variety of topics, including art, interior design, database design, culture, health and business.

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