and replacement are common options for stained or
outdated carpet. But what about dyeing?
some cases, and when carpet has life left but even
intensive cleaning canít correct a problem,
spot-dyeing or whole-carpet coloring may provide a
cost-effective alternative to spending $1,000 or more on
our consumer researchers interviewed say dyeing your
carpet can cost 30 to 80 percent less than buying new.
can be partially or spot-dyed so that faded or stained
areas match the rest of the carpet. Or, in cases where a
new color is preferred, the entire carpet can be dyed.
For instance, one of our members described how happy he
was with the work of a company that changed his baby
blue carpet to a warm sand color.
dye is usually applied with a sprayer and then scrubbed
in. Experts our consumer researchers interviewed say
dyed carpet can be walked on almost immediately and that
the material and process are safe for children and pets.
works best on carpets made of nylon, wool or silk. Dye
will not penetrate some carpet types, including
stain-resistant and extra thick carpets.
be effective, the color of the dye must be as dark or
darker than the original carpet color.
recommend having your carpet cleaned more or less
annually, depending on how much traffic it receives. If
you hire a professional carpet cleaner, expect to pay
$100 to $200 a room, or more for corrective, intensive
cleaning. However, cleaning canít remove all stains,
and canít restore a sun-or bleach-faded area.
cost of dyeing varies, depending on the size of the job,
among other factors. One highly rated dyer told our
researcher that he charges 70 cents per square
aware that carpet dyeing is a specialty industry with a
limited number of businesses that offer the service.
Dyeing is generally most popular with specific consumer
groups, such as landlords, hotel operators and people
planning to sell a home.
rated carpet experts our researchers interviewed were
not united in recommending dyeing as a long-term
investment. Some said results canít be expected to
last much more than a year, but others say theyíve had
customers who are happy with the results of full-room
dyeing even after 10 years.
rated carpet dyers told our team that itís crucial to
hire a company that properly trains employees. I suggest
that if youíre considering having a carpet or rug
spot-dyed or completely recolored, be sure to ask what
kind of training the company gives its employees in
carpet and paint technologies. Also, confirm that the
products used are safe for the people and animals in
addition, ask for several references and take the time
to contact them, especially asking how well the dyeing
has held up over time.
sure to consider hiring only companies that are highly
rated on a trusted online source or are recommended by
someone you know. Make sure to ask the company for a
sample of what the new color will look