Homes and vehicles have carpets which get stained and discoloured over time. The haunting question remains on how to clean them as regular vacuuming and cleaning makes them older than they actually are. A simple cleaning solution like baking soda can be used to remove odours and stains. Take 1tsp. baking soda in a cup of water and dissolve it. Clean up pet stains before steam cleaning.

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Carpet made of wool or nylon can easily be dyed which makes them look new and extends its life. Note do not dye carpets made of acrylic, polypropylene or polyester as the fiber does not absorb dye properly and causes damage extensively. Carpet dyeing is a better alternative than to replace it if the carpet fiber is in a good condition.

Dying the carpet on one’s own – If one thinks one can do the job after the consultation with the professional then one should remember the quote given while doing the job on one’s own. If a wall-to-wall carpet dyeing has to be done then all the furniture needs to be shifted from the room. One needs to have a carpet steam cleaning machine in order to clean the carpet extensively according to the instructions of the machine. The carpet and pad need to dry completely before dying.

Right fabric dye – One needs to choose appropriate fabric dye for the carpet by reading the dye packaging carefully and make sure that it is safe to use on these materials. Usually the retailers, carpet and home supply stores sell a variety of standard colours in carpet dye in spite of having unique carpet colours. Choose a color which is darker than the original carpet color. This is because in case of a heavily stained carpet the darker color produces best results on stains.

Follow the instructions The dye needs to be mixed with warm or hot water. Spray the dye on the rug. A stiff bristled brush needs to be used for scrubbing the dye into the fibers. One could use the carpet cleaning machine for this too.

How to apply– One needs to apply the dye from the farthest curve of the room and work one’s way towards the exit door. This will ensure that one does not step on the wet dye.
Voila! One has a carpet just as new.

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