The Patch Test!
Always test the cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to avoid discoloration and other damage to it.
Dying your hair and accidentally spilled hair dye over a creamy-white carpet? Don’t want your mamma or housemate to know about it? Fuss not. We are here to solve your problem. All you need to do is follow our guide and act quickly.
Carpet stains are difficult to cleanse, as the cloth washer will not fit the bill, since the fabric and texture of the carpet is heavier than that of regular cloth. Besides this, the hair dye is a concentrated colorant which won’t come out easily. Try the solutions mentioned below, and do away with the permanent hair dye stains.
Things You’ll Need
◈ White Vinegar
◈ Dishwashing Liquid
◈ Rubbing Alcohol
◈ Baby Shampoo
◈ Lukewarm and cold water
◈ Sponge or clean rag
◈ Cotton Swabs
How to get Hair Dye out of your Carpet
White Vinegar and Dishwashing Liquid
◈ Blot up the spilled dye with a clean cloth as soon as possible. Do not rub.
◈ Put 1 tbsp. of liquid dishwashing detergent in 2 cups of lukewarm water. Add 1 tbsp. of white vinegar in this mixture.
◈ Grab a clean cloth and dip it in the solution made.
◈ Now, sponge the stain with the cleansing solution prepared. Alternatively, use wet and dry cloths to dab the stain.
◈ Rinse the area with cold water.
◈ Using a sponge or a dry cloth, soak up the liquid.
◈ If the stains are stubborn, you could use rubbing alcohol and sponge the spots. Follow up with cold water rinse and dry cloth soaking procedure.
◈ This method will definitely lighten the dye marks without changing the color of the rug.
If the stains still don’t vanish, use the following method.
Ammonia and Dishwashing Liquid
◈ Make a solution by mixing 1 tbsp. of ammonia and 1 tsp. of liquid dishwashing detergent in 2 cups of warm water.
◈ Using a clean cloth, dab the stained area with this solution.
◈ Let it sit for 30 minutes.
◈ Take another clean rag, and sponge the area with more solution. Let it stay for 5 minutes.
◈ Do this repeatedly until the stains disappear completely.
◈ Rinse with cold water and sponge dry.
The above-mentioned methods will surely work. But if the stains are old, in the sense they have got dried, then use the following procedure.
Hairspray, Astringent, Baby Shampoo
◈ Cover the stain patches by spraying hairspray on them.
◈ Allow to stay for 5 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
◈ Squirt some astringent solution on the stained area.
◈ Let it stay for 5 minutes or so. Gently rub the area, and rinse with cold water.
◈ Now, on the wet surface, pour a drop or two of baby shampoo.
◈ Gently dab the area, and wash with clean water.
◈ Pat dry using a sponge.
The following method can be used in extreme cases, as it may result in loss of color. Hydrogen peroxide may end up bleaching the carpet.
◈ Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and rub over the stain.
◈ Let it work over the stains for 24 hours.
◈ Wash with water and sponge dry.
Consider washing the entire carpet if the stains are old or severe. For cleaning antique or silk-blended rugs, we advise you to seek professional help.