Spilled Hair Dye on Your Carpet? Here’s How to Get It Out

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You’re in the middle of dyeing your hair a new fabulous color until you notice a dot of dye on your beautiful carpet. What a disaster! Don’t worry, there is hope!

Read on to learn how to remove spilled hair dye on your carpet using household products and a gentle touch. Remember, you can always call carpet professionals if these solutions don’t work!

Can Hair Dye Be Removed From a Carpet?

Most hair dye is permanent, so is it even possible to remove a hair dye stain from a carpet? Luckily, yes, and household products are often the best solution. Lighter-color hair dye is always easier to remove than dark colors.

No matter what color of hair dye you want to remove, it’s crucial to get to the spill as soon as possible, so it doesn’t set in. So act fast!

How to Get Hair Dye Out of Your Carpet?

If your poor carpet is the victim of a hair dye spill, try the following steps to get it out before it gets worse. Remember, the sooner you get to the stain, the easier it’ll be to remove.

  1. Combine one tablespoon of dish soap with one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and one cup of lukewarm water.
  2. Soak and wring out a clean white cloth or rag with the vinegar solution. Use the cloth to dab the stain firmly.
  3. With clean warm water, flush the stained area and continue to blot the stain. If the cloth becomes too dirty, use a new one.
  4. Once all the liquid is absorbed, use isopropyl alcohol to sponge the area and lift the stain further.
  5. Using a cup of cold water, flush the area again and then gently blot and sponge up all the liquid

If the stain persists, you can:

  1. Combine one tablespoon of ammonia, one tablespoon of dish soap, and two cups of room-temperature water.
  2. Pour this mixture on the stain and let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Blot every five to ten minutes with a clean white cloth.
  3. Use cold water and a clean cloth to sponge the solution and lift the stain.

If both solutions above do not work, try to spot clean with hydrogen peroxide using a cotton swab or paper towel.

Helpful Tips for Handling Hair Dye Stains

Below are a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with any hair dye stain:

  • Warm water lifts hair dye better than cold water.
  • Always use a clean, colorless cloth when dabbing, so you don’t add more dye by accident.
  • NEVER wipe, scrub, or rub. These movements will only make the stain worse.
  • Always act immediately when you spill hair dye. Even leaving the stain for a few minutes can make removal much harder.
  • Dish soap, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, distilled white vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide are all helpful stain removes.
  • Use caution when using ammonia mixtures, and never use undiluted ammonia on your carpet.

The Bottomline

Hair dye on a carpet is a highly time-sensitive situation. The quicker you act, the easier the stain will be to remove!

Remember, you don’t need a fancy stain remover or carpet cleaner to handle hair dye on your carpet. So run to your kitchen cupboard or look under your sink for the household products discussed here.
When all else fails and the hair dye stain persists, contact our carpet specialists from Clean-N-Dry, and let our experts get the stubborn hair dye stain out for you!

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