If you do your own hair coloring at home, you know exactly how tough hair dye stains can be. Given the fact that hair dye will stain porcelain and tile, you can expect that hair dye that hits the carpet is going to be even more stubborn. If you have allowed hair dye to drip on your carpeting, you need to fix the issue as soon as possible. Hair dye is simple enough to remove as long as you tackle it right away.
Start with blotting. Take a clean paper towel and gently blot the stain as much as you can. This removes the excess dye and prevents it from soaking into your carpet fibers. Make sure that you do not scrub the stain, as this causes the hair dye to soak in even further. If you are very lucky, this may be all that you need to do. Carpets that have a stain treatment applied to them can be very hardy against this type of mess.
If the stain doesn’t go away with blotting, proceed to create a cleaner by mixing ¼ teaspoon of dish washing detergent in about a cup of tepid water. The dish washing detergent should be as mild as you can make it. If you use a soap that is too strong, you may find that the chemicals will damage your carpet. Avoid using anything like laundry detergent or soap for a dishwasher.
Mix the ingredients together and then soak the corner of a clean white cloth in the foamy mixture. Dab the edges of the hair dye stain so that it is lightly soaked with the solution, and then let the stain cleaner set for about 60 seconds. Now blot the stain again, lifting the hair dye up with a clean piece of cloth.
Repeat this process as many times as it takes before the stain is entirely gone. This process works best on very fresh hair dye stains, but it can even work on older stains as well. It might take you many repetitions before the stain is entirely gone, so be patient.
After the stain is gone, apply a small amount of cold water to the carpet and then blot it dry with a clean white cloth. After the area is dry, you can fluff the carpet by placing a towel over the affected area and gently massaging the carpet through the towel.
If the stain is small, and if the dye has sat unnoticed for a while, you can try bleaching the spot. This is a tricky proposition, and if you are not careful, you can risk damaging the carpet even more. This is a process that only works on carpets with lighter colors. Dip the end of a cotton swab into a three percent hydrogen peroxide solution and dab it very lightly onto the stain, and then allow the peroxide to sit on the carpet for twenty-four hours before rinsing it away. If necessary, you can repeat this process with caution.
If you are dealing with something as stubborn as hair dye stains on your carpet, it is typically a good idea to simply let the professionals handle it. When in doubt, contact High Quality Carpet Cleaning for more information.