Most existing carpeting in homes, including Oriental rugs, can be dyed. Many homeowners will be sprucing up their home this spring, whether to place it on the market for resale, to remodel, redecorate, or simply do a thorough spring cleaning. The most noticeable casualty of a “lived-in” home is often the condition of the carpet. Eventually, ALL carpets develop problems, whether the issue is ugly matted traffic patterns, food stains or pet stains, sun fading, chemical spills, or bleach spots. Repeated cleaning often does not help. Even the best carpet cleaning may not remove stubborn stains, or the stains and high traffic patterns return soon after the carpet cleaners have gone. Carpet cleaning cannot successfully address the issue of fading, chemical spills, or bleach spots. Eventually traffic patterns and matting just get worse. Many homeowners think that their carpet needs to be replaced simply because it’s matted down. New carpet seems to be the only solution. Only if the carpet is not functionally intact (threadbare in large areas, or torn in many places or burnt in large areas) is buying new carpet the only alternative.
Expert carpet dyeing can be an attractive alternative to premature carpet replacement. The average carpet will last for 15-20 years. But carpets are replaced 70% of the time for reasons other than wear. Those same carpets will be in good structural condition when discarded, but the appearance (color, discoloration, stains, fading, traffic areas, etc.) is unacceptable and not covered by any guarantee or warranty (as anyone knows who has ever tried to file a claim or pursue any recourse against the carpet retailer or manufacturer or a stain protectant company). Although a carpet should be cleaned properly on a regular schedule, (every 6 to 24 months depending on the carpet) improper cleaning or inadequate cleaning can actually harm the beauty and life of the carpet. Cheaper inferior carpet materials, such as polyester and olefin are not dyeable. If you are not sure what material your carpet is made from, a certified carpet dyeing technician can easily and quickly test the material to determine the fiber content.