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The truth about carpet dyeing




10 carpet dyeing myths debunked



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'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


Wear and tear, pile reversal, stains, pile distortion, or any structural damage to the fibres will still be there after dyeing the carpet. In fact not only will still be there but they might even become more noticeable if the damage to the fibres affects the dye intake in the affected area.
     6. Carpet dyeing is cheap  
Carpet dyeing is highly skilled, needs specialist training and requires many hours of practice so it's by no means cheap. Having said that, it should always be cheaper than the cost of replacement.
     7. Any dyes would work
Wool and nylon are dyed with acid dyes and set by heat and a mordant. So any dyes used would have to be acidic for a start. However, the quality of the dyes will make all the difference when it comes to the colour being permanent, even and not coming off on your socks.
     8. Anyone can dye a carpet
The fact that there are only a handful of carpet dyeing companies in the UK says it all. 
     9. Any stain can be bleached out and re-dyed
While it is true that some stubborn stains could be bleached out and then dyed to blend in with the rest of the carpet or rug, this is a very complex and time consuming process and not suited for every case of unsuccessful stain removal.

      10. A bleach spot repair is always an invisible repair



This depends very much on the carpet or rug dyer's skills and experience, the dyes used and the method of application but a bleach spot repair is ultimately a repair and although in the best case scenario it will be invisible, parting the carpet fibres to look deep into the pile might show slight colour discrepancies.


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  • Howard (Monday, February 14 22 08:26 pm GMT)

    Hi. I have a classic car boot carpet in light brown. Need it to be black. Parts of it are moulded to fit over ledges etc. Replacements just not available. This one all I could get but in wrong colour. Would you be interested in taking on the job. Regards Howard

  • Geoff Elsley (Friday, May 06 22 03:54 pm BST)

    Have large room 8.14 M x 6.03 M
    Fitted with heavy duty wool body carpet in pale yellow.
    Maybe 25 years old in good condition apart from sun fading near the windows.
    Please advise approx price to clean and dye

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