With the Easter holiday recently passing with all the egg dyeing and decorating parties associated with it, we’ve had a few calls for carpet stain removal. But Easter egg dye isn’t the only dye spills we get called out to remove. Kids (and adults) doing tie dye t-shirts and crafts in general plus people trying to save money and dyeing their own hair at home; are other examples. Today Tough Carpet Cleaning will look at dye spills on carpet. Let’s face it, you are never truly ready for those accidental spills that accompany these craft activities? Those spills always seem to happen right on your carpets and rugs. Tough Carpet Cleaning will share how to remove Easter egg, fabric, hair and other dye from out of your carpet when or if it occurs.
How to Remove Fabric, Hair & Other Dye Out of Carpets
Step 1. Act fast as soon as the stain from the dye is discovered. You will want to attend to it immediately. The longer the dye soaks into your carpet the harder it will become to remove. Pay attention when you are dyeing your Easter eggs, t-shirts, hair or anything else. When or if a spill or accident occurs, quickly clean up the stain.
Step 2. Create a cleaning solution using ½ cup of lukewarm water and ½ tsp. of liquid dish soap. Warning! Do not using liquid laundry soap or automatic dishwashing soap. Use regular liquid dish soap. The brand doesn’t matter.
Step 3. While using a white cloth, rub gently at the dye stain on the carpet. Again avoid using cleaning cloths with color or designs on them. Use plain white. The dye on the cloth often causes bigger problems. Also do not scrub at the stain. Many assume this will clean the stain more effectively, yet it only makes things worse. By scrubbing too hard, you will just spread the stain and push the dye deeper into the carpet fibers.
Step 4. Rub gently or blot at the stain with the soap and water mixture. Next, begin to alternate from the soap to a dry rag. Press gently on the soapy stain with the dry white cloth; this should begin to lift out the dye. Continue to go between the soap and dry rag until the stain and dye is gone.
Step 5. Does the stain remain? If you still have a stain, it is time to take the next step. Ammonia can be used to remove dye from out of carpet. However, this could even discolor the carpet it self. You should test a small area that is out of sight with 1 tablespoon of ammonia added to 1 cup of water. If there is no discoloration, proceed to the next step. (If the test fails, try using a commercial stain remover.)
Step 6. Use a rag and with the diluted ammonia, blot at the dye stain until the stain is gone.
Step 7. Once the stain is gone, take straight water and blot at the area to rinse out the ammonia. Go between the water and dry white cloth to absorb the moisture out of the carpet.
Carpet Cleaning, Stain Removal & More in the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
Like any spill or stain, it helps to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. Try to keep on hand all the proper tools and cleaning supplies to save your carpets or even rugs from bright blue, yellow, purple, and pink dye spots everywhere. Tough Carpet Cleaning provides many services. If you find yourself in need of any of them, contact Tough Carpet Cleaning today.