It is fairly common homes to be well equipped with Easter Egg dye this time of year. Whether you let the kids have some creative crafting time with decorating the eggs or opt to do it yourself, the dye will often find its way on the different flooring surfaces. Easter Egg Dye can stain surfaces such as rugs, linoleum, tile and grout, walls, upholstery and carpets, and wood floor varieties. A quick wipe up or blotting can remove the dye when dye hits these surfaces in a few instances, however, it takes a little more than that most of the time. How to remove the dye with a multi-surface method is what we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to take the opportunity to share today.
How Do You Remove an Easter Egg Dye Stain from Carpet?
1) No matter which surface you are removing the dye from, always begin with a patch test. Hydrogen peroxide is used to remove the dye. Keep in mind, depending on the strength, this natural lightening agent can lift the color off the surface you are treating in addition to the Easter Egg dye after enough time. Conduct a patch test in an inconspicuous area to make certain the peroxide will not compromise the surface materials.
2) In a spray bottle, pour 3% hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the various place where the dye has landed, including tile, walls, carpet, rugs, upholstery, wood, linoleum, and so forth where the dye contacted the surface.
3) Let the peroxide break down the stain for about 5 minutes. Too much moisture can lead to damage, so do not oversaturate the area, especially surfaces sensitive to moisture like wood flooring and carpeting. Be careful on surfaces that are not sealed.
4) With a toothbrush to better reach the crevices, walls and other textured surfaces can be easily cleaned. After the dye is transferred onto the original washing cloth, ensure that you rinse the area well with a separate damp cloth.
5) To ensure the peroxide is completely removed from the surface, use soapy water to dampen another cloth, wipe and repeat with a damp cloth from water to rinse the soapy residues.
6) Fully dry.
7) Repeat as needed until all the dye has been removed.
Extra Dye Stain Removal Tips
1) Until the dye is gone and then you will need to stain and finish the area, hardwood floors not properly sealed may require a bit of sanding with fine grit paper. If you are uncomfortable doing this or do not have any experience, enlist the services of a professional to avoid damaging the wood floor.
2) To avoid water marks on hardwood floors, scrub the Easter egg dye by pre-dampening a clean cloth with water and then apply peroxide to the damp cloth. Use different corners of the cloth as the dye transfers onto the cloth. Dry the wood floor well once the dye is gone.
3) Err on the side of caution when determining how long to leave the peroxide on the dye. Too little time will simply call for a reapplication and leaving it on too long can permanently lighten the surface.
4) Do not wipe or scrub, be sure to blot for carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Do not over saturate to avoid water damage effects. Only use white rags, cloths, or towels and never hot water.