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Here are 10 of the most common misconceptions about carpet dyeing:
1. Any carpet can be dyed
Only wool and nylon carpets can be dyed. Polyester and polypropylene fibres don't have dye pockets so they cannot be dyed in the conventional way.
2. One can dye a carpet any colour
The target colour is always dictated by the carpet's original colour. For example, one cannot dye a deep red carpet blue because the fibres will not accept enough new dye to overcome the red to change the colour family.
A carpet dyer can however, work with the existing red to dye the carpet a dark grey or brown.
3. One can dye a carpet a lighter colour
The process of dyeing carpets consists of adding colour so the result will always be a darker carpet.
4. Dyeing a carpet will cover existing stains
Dyeing a stained carpet will always result in ...you've guessed it, the same stained carpet...just a different colour.
This doesn't mean a stained carpet cannot be successfully dyed, but each stain would have to be removed, reduced and dyed individually if needed, before dyeing the whole carpet.
5. After dyeing, the carpet will be like new
10. A bleach spot repair is always an invisible repair