Renew your carpet color with carpet dyeing

If you have stubborn stains or simply want to match the color of your carpet to your décor, dyeing may be the answer.

Carpet dyes come in dozens of colors that span the rainbow, from beige to plum. The blend needed for a specific carpet depends on its composition — nylon, wool or silk — and whether the carpet was manufactured with stain blocker, which may inhibit absorption of a dye.

Carpets and rugs can only be dyed the same color or darker. You can’t dye a dark navy blue to a lighter beige, but you can match the color of a burgundy wine spill on a tan-colored carpet, by dyeing the rest of the carpet darker.

A dye pen, which costs about $14, might be all you need if you want to match a stain to the color of your existing carpet. They can be used to hide bleach, rust, and food and drink stains. Those brave enough to tackle the task on their own can order carpet samples with bleach stains for about $20 to practice. It may also be good to test a color or coverage on a specific type of carpet.

However, for full-room carpet dyeing, you should call in a highly rated carpet dyeing professional, who will start by cleaning the carpet so it accepts the dye more thoroughly and evenly. Many carpet cleaning and restoration companies offer carpet dyeing services. The primary method for dyeing carpet is the application of the color with a sprayer, which means walls and baseboards have to be protected with plastic shields.

A carpet dyeing professional should be able to produce a sample to give you an idea how the color you choose will look. Some have low-moisture systems so you can get back into the room more quickly.  Some carpet cleaning and dyeing services are able to add multi-colored borders or other designs to the carpet.

To see if any of the more than 2,000 rated carpet cleaners in New York City offer carpet dyeing services, sign in and search Angie's List.

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