Most homeowners are be dismayed to discover a dye stain on a carpet. The immobile nature of a permanently installed carpet can make it difficult to address stains, but home remedies do exist. Before paying for the services of a professional carpet cleaner, consider the remedies listed below, all of which can be undertaken using supplies readily available on eBay.
Steps Before Applying a Remedy to Get Dye Out of a Carpet
It’s important to catch a stain as soon as possible, as a stain that has dried and set in the carpet fibres will be more difficult to remove. For dyes that aren’t oil-based, try to “flush” the stain with hot water by pouring a moderate amount onto the stain and then immediately soaking it back up with paper towels or a clean cloth. If doing so does not completely remove the stain, proceed to one of the remedies below as soon as possible.
Home Solutions to Get Dye out of a Carpet
Note that a solution which uses either ammonia, vinegar, or bleach should never be combined with a solution that uses one of the other two, as this can cause toxic fumes to develop.
Dish-Washing Liquid and Ammonia
Mix one part dish-washing liquid with two parts ammonia and two parts hot water. Stir to combine, then pour a moderate amount onto the stain. Allow to sit for five minutes, then dab back up using paper towels or a dry cloth. If the process appears to be working, but the stain is still present, repeat the process. Otherwise, try another technique.
Water and Borax
Borax is a mineral that is used as the active ingredient in many laundry boosters. To use it to remove dye stains, combine one part Borax with two parts hot water, and pour a moderate amount onto the stain. Allow to sit up to five minutes, but no longer as this may damage the carpet. Remove immediately by dabbing with paper towels or a clean cloth. Repeat as necessary, then flush the carpet with water afterwards to remove any excess Borax.
Water and Vinegar
Combine one part hot water with one part vinegar, and pour a moderate amount onto the stain. Let it sit for five minutes, then gently massage it into the fibres with a paper towel or clean cloth. Afterwards, remove the solution by dabbing and repeat as necessary. Vinegar is acidic, so flush the location with water afterwards to prevent damage to the carpet.
Water and Baking Soda
Form a paste by combining one part hot water with two or more parts baking soda. Apply the paste to the stain, gently massaging it into the carpet. Let sit for up to 30 minutes, then remove the paste and flush the area with warm water, blotting it dry afterwards.
Water and Bleach
Chlorine bleach should only be used on purely white carpets. Colour-safe laundry bleach can be used, but should be spot-tested on a concealed area of the carpet to make sure it doesn’t alter the carpet’s colour. To use the remedy, combine one part bleach with two parts hot water and pour a moderate amount onto the stain. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then dab the solution up and flush the area with warm water before dabbing completely dry.
Hydrogen peroxide may bleach certain carpets, and should be spot-tested in a concealed location before using. To apply the remedy, simply pour a moderate amount of 2.5% peroxide solution directly from the bottle onto the stain. Allow it to sit for up to 20 minutes after massaging it gently into the carpet’s fibres. Dab the peroxide up, then flush the area with hot water and dab dry.
Laundry Spot Remover
Some manufactured laundry spot removers contain Borax (also known as Boric Acid) as an active ingredient, so if the Borax remedy has already been tried, look for a spot remover with a different active ingredient. Follow the directions on the package as if it were being used on a piece of laundry, then flush the area with warm water and dab dry.
Buying Products to Get Dye out of a Carpet on Ebay
All of the products discussed above can be found in the Home & Garden category on eBay. Select the category, then enter key words for the desired product into the search box. Always review a seller’s rating, history, and shipping and return policies before completing a purchase.
Staining a carpet with dye need not be a catastrophe, and many types of dyes can be removed using home remedies. When possible, research the specific type of dye responsible for the stain to ascertain the remedy most likely to succeed, and apply one of those listed above. Supplies conveniently available on eBay can help any homeowner to tackle the task at hand with ease.