An advertisement shouting the praises of doing something with
appearance damaged carpet has appeared in the local rag 'The Mail'
If you got to the website
they basically slag off everyone else as 'fly by nighter overextended
cleaners' and claim their system with:
'the same dyes as as used in mills; a safe non toxic mix that is
guaranteed for the normal life of the carpet.'
is the only way to go. However, I am suspicious of any company that
claims to be the only outfit that can do a particular job. How much
truth is there in thier claims? Has anyone had their carpet dyed
that would like to share their experiences?
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Mill dyeing is done under circumstances that cannot be duplicated on a
floor. If you have a nylon carpet, take them a couple of toothbrushes
and have them dye the bristles. Take them home, run some tests on
only one. Does it fade or wash out in a sink, in a dishwasher? Are
you going to have your carpet cleaned? Does it fade in sunlight?
Does it change color in lemon juice or vinegar (acid), or in sodium
carbonate or borax solution (alkali)?
This is not to say that they are not competent. See what they do,
read the contract closely. Know what you will be promised and know
what you can recover if the promise does not obtain.
I looked into it briefly about 8 years ago. There were very few
companies I could find that did at all and none locally, despite being
in NJ, which is a heavily populated area and you would think if it
could be done successfully and cost effectively there would be
companies doing it.
I'd be very dubious about a company that makes this claim right at the
top of their webpage:
"The fact is that carpets and rugs don't wear out, they just
That is total BS. So what makes anyone think the rest of their story
is any better?
No experience but I think it is possible. Nylon and wool are easy to dye
but I doubt they can strip old dye first which means they are adding
additional dye. There sample photos show going from a light, almost virgin
fiber, to dark.
I'm an engineer for a carpet manufacturer, and so I have a dog in this
fight. Why don't you just go ahead and buy some new carpet? ;-)
FYI, when carpet is dyed at the mill the dye is "set" using a steamer to
hold the material at 212 or thereabouts for 5 minutes or so. Then the carpet
is dried using natural gas ovens, which also helps to keep the carpet and
dye at a high temperature, further setting the dye. You're not gonna
duplicate that process on the living room floor.
Overdyeing is a short term solution, and isn't going to give the same
performance. Even if the dye holds up (not likely) most mill-dyed carpets
have stain and dirt protecting chemicals applied (e.g. stainmaster, which is
a topical anti-stain solution added during dyeing, and Scotchguard, which is
an anti-soiling topical solution added later in the process). Both are
applied after dyeing. I don't think the spray and pray guy is going to do
They are still selling. To consumers.
See website below....
I had heard a rumor of discontinuation of Scotchguard..... but it was
certain spray products were being discontinued and newer ones replacing
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