The latest in hair styling trends is hair of all colors. It is no longer taboo to have a bright rainbow of color throughout your locks. Women and men of all ages are letting go of traditional hair colors for bold vivid rainbow hues. Some even stick in the entire rainbow, and they are looked to as fashion forward instead of punk or troubled like in years past.
So what happens if you decide to try this new trend in the comfort of your own home and end up accidentally getting hair dye on the carpet?
Immediately blot the hair dye up with a white paper towel or clean white cloth made for cleaning.
- Mix together a quarter teaspoon of mild hand dish washing detergent and one cup of lukewarm water. A great soap for this would be Dawn. You want to make sure you get the amounts of cleaner exactly right to avoid further damaging the carpet. Also make sure you are using hand dishwashing soap not the kind made for the dishwasher. Dishwasher detergent is also going to damage the carpet.
- Grab a new clean white cloth or strong white paper towel and dip it into the soap solution you just mixed.
- Starting from the outside of the hair dye stain and working your way inward, lightly dab/blot at the stain. Let the soap sit on the stain for a minute or two.
- After the soap has been left to work on the stain blot it again. You may need to repeat this process a few times. Keep repeating using clean areas of the cloth until all of the hair dye stain has been lifted out of the carpet. Be patient it could take a while.
- When the hair dye is completely removed from the carpet rinse the soap from the carpet with cold water. Make sure to blot dry after rinsing with a new fresh cloth or white towel.
*As a last resort if the dye stains are small and do not come clean from the carpet, you can very carefully attempt to lighten them with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Take a cotton swab (also known as a q-tip) and dip for just a few seconds in the peroxide, then lightly and gently dab on the small spot of dye. Let it dry for twenty for hours. The hydrogen peroxide will have pulled out all the dye and the color from the carpet. Now you will want to fill in the colorless spot with new carpet dye to match the existing color. Apply it very sparingly.
The best way, of course, to make sure a carpet repair for an untreatable stain works, is to call in a professional carpet care expert. All Kleen can perform carpet repairs to get your carpet back in its best shape. For more information on our carpet repair knowledge and technique contact us today.