Dyeing Carpets and Rugs On A Budget
PLEASE DON’T USE DYLON!
For those who can’t afford new carpets, or just want a colour change, dyeing is a great alternative. Providing it’s done right…
Although we realise Dylon has been used by many in the past, not everyone has been happy with the result. For some it has been very costly, as they have had to replace their carpet.
Dylon themselves have stated that it is not a good idea to use dyes which are manufactured for washing machines or submersion when dyeing carpets. This is because dye particles can remain in the carpet contaminating other products. It may also possibly be harmful to pets or small children if allergen sensitive.
Machine and submersion dyes are generally for use with porous materials like cotton or wool and do not take on nylon or polyester. This is why some members found the colour coming off and others didn’t. Wool carpets and rugs are by far the easiest to dye.
To dye carpets always use a liquid fabric dye, such as you would use for sofas or other soft furnishings. Scratch Doctor, Carbusonic, RIT or The Leather Clinic all-in-one liquid fabric dyes are most suitable. Unlike Dylon, other machine/submersion dyes and some paints these will be colourfast.
For carpets dilute the liquid dye with 50% water. It does not need to be as thick as when using for dyeing sofas. Use a spray to apply, and rub into the fibres with a brush. Do not soak the carpet too much as longer drying times may cause a musty smell. Leave to dry completely then add a second coat if necessary. Some carpets will take more coats than others due to a higher nylon content, so always do a test patch somewhere discreet first.
Spray fabric dyes are an easy alternative but are not cost effective for large areas. However, they are ideal for small rugs. As above, spray then rub in with a brush.
Rugs can be stencilled too or masking/frog taped, creating your own design. This is only practical with very short pile because you will be unable to rub the dye into the fibres. Spray dye is perfect for this purpose.
For outdoor rugs it’s best to use an acryllic or latex based spray paint due to them being more weatherproof
Hope this info has been helpful. Happy dyeing! 😊
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