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How Much Does It Cost To Dye A Carpet Or Rug?

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When you're seeking a change in your home flooring but can't bring yourself to get rid of a perfectly good carpet, dyeing it is a cost-effective and economical way to switch things up. This is a good option if your carpet is in decent shape and you only want to achieve a new look. Knowing the costs can help you plan and hire somebody to help.

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Table of Contents

  1. Rug Or Carpet Dyeing Cost
  2. Rug Or Carpet Dyeing Cost Factors
  3. Why Use Carpet Dye?
  4. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  5. Carpet Dyeing Methods
  6. Carpet Vs. Rug Dyeing
  7. How To Dye Carpet
  8. Find A Pro

Rug Or Carpet Dyeing Cost

The average cost of hiring a pro to dye your carpet depends on a number of factors but can range anywhere from $100 to $586. This is about one-third of the cost of replacing the carpet, which can cost upwards of $1,463 to $1,683 for an average-sized room. If you prefer to do the job yourself, then you can purchase a 20-ounce container of dye for approximately $27. This size coves up to 1,000 square feet of carpet. You'll also need to purchase a specialized pressure sprayer, painter's tape and protective gear like a breathing mask and safety goggles.

Rug Or Carpet Dyeing Cost Factors

Rug Or Carpet Dyeing Cost Factors

Many factors can play into the overall cost of your rug or carpet dyeing project, including:

  • Size of your rug or carpet
  • Carpet pile (plush, Berber, etc.)
  • Carpet fiber material (nylon, wool, etc.)
  • Commercial vs. personal use
  • Anything about the room that makes the job take longer, such as stairs or unusual angles to work around

It is important to note that while most carpets and rugs can be dyed, some cannot. In general, polypropylene, polyester and acrylic fibers reject the dye and therefore can't be colored. The majority of carpets are wool or nylon, so this often isn't an issue, but a professional can take a look at your carpet and advise you on your coloring options.

Why Use Carpet Dye?

Carpet dye can breathe new life into carpeting or a rug that looks dated but is still in good shape. Many times, replacing installed carpet can be expensive. If your current color is faded or you've given the room a paint job and want to complete the look, then carpet dye is cost-effective alternative to replacing carpet that is otherwise in good shape.

Carpet dye can also be a good option if you have a stain that is impossible to get out, even after a professional cleaning. Accidents happen, and you might find yourself with a fresh wine stain on a white carpet that's a week old. Don’t despair if this happens. Professionals can dye cover the stain, essentially causing it to disappear. This leaves you with a carpet that looks like new for a fraction of the replacement cost. The cost to dye the stain is also usually less than it would be to repair that section of carpeting.

Why Use Carpet Dye

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

It is possible to dye a carpet yourself, but because of the hassle — and potential mess — many people choose to hire a professional. If you aren't careful in your application, a DIY project could result in over-saturation or uneven coloring. Many of the amateur-grade pressure sprayers available simply aren't up to par with the heavy-duty professional models. Carpet pros should use top-of-the-line equipment and can tap into their knowledge and know-how to give you top-notch results.

Carpet Dyeing Methods

Most companies use a specialized dye that they spray onto the carpet and then scrub into the fibers to achieve an even look. Commercial dyes are chemically set, and professionals can adjust the strength and development time of the carpet dye according to the carpet's thickness and material. Plus, many professionals use specialty methods to achieve different results. A professional can help with the following:

  • Re-coloring the Rug: It is possible to completely change the color of the rug. In most cases, it is only possible to go a shade darker, not lighter.
  • Spot or Stain Cleaning: If you simply want to cover a spot or stain, many professionals can use specialized treatment to counteract the color of the stain and match it to the surrounding carpet.

Before starting a job, your pro removes the furniture from the room and places tape around the walls and baseboards. Workers may also clean the carpet to remove excess dirt and debris. After applying the commercial dye, it's usually possible to walk in the room immediately afterwards. The dye sets very quickly and doesn't transfer.

Carpet Dyeing Methods

Carpet vs. Rug Dyeing

Rugs often play just as important a role in the look of the room as carpeting. While carpet dyeing may be necessary to cover a stain or give a fresh color, rug dyeing can also give a renewed look to a rug that is old or faded. Some professionals can also dye oriental rugs or use their skill to create a beautiful look with intricate, eye-catching patterns.

How To Dye Carpet

If you decide to give this method a go yourself, then follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the carpet by giving it a thorough cleaning. First, vacuum to remove all dust and particles, and then use carpet shampoo to remove dirt and grime. Be sure to use organic or all-natural carpet shampoo since the chemicals in many conventional cleaners could interact poorly with the dye.
  2. Place painter's tape around the edge of the carpet to protect your walls. Open all windows to ensure proper ventilation, and use protective goggles and a mask to avoid breathing in fumes.
  3. Once the carpet is dry from the cleaning, apply the dye. If you’re using a spray-can dye, then apply it to the carpet according to the can's directions. Packaged dyes typically must mix with water. Spray a small patch of carpet at a time. After applying the dye, use a hard-bristled scrub brush in circular motions to rub the dye into the carpet. Apply evenly in sections until the entire carpet is finished.
  4. Let dry at least 24 hours before moving furniture back in the room.

If you prefer some visual guidelines, follow the steps in this video:

Find A Pro

If you're ready to give your room a new look, then use our free lead generator to find local carpet professionals who can give you the results you want. When you hire a pro, you have a good chance of getting the look you desire without the hassle or worry of doing it yourself. A professional can assess the condition and material of your carpet and recommend the best course of action for a dye job that looks like brand new carpeting.

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Last updated on Dec 8, 2016

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