FYI

About Carpet Dyeing

INTRODUCTION

Carpet is most often discarded and replaced, not because of wear and tear, but do to discoloration, fading and stains, or a change of decor. Most people aren’t aware that these problems can be solved for a fraction of the cost of carpet replacement.Protect your carpet investment by restoring it to its original color. The beauty and life of your carpet will be preserved by our exclusive on-site dyeing process.

Dyemasters can restore your carpet to one uniform color, (to bring back faded colors). The color can be changed completely, or it can be deepened to cover up dark stains,pet stains etc.

Dyeing can bring back the vibrant color your carpet once held and can also be used to change decor and/or upgrade to a new color

Bleach and other cleaning chemicals can remove the color from your carpet and cause permanent color loss, but this can be corrected by having Dyemasters color-match your carpet and eliminate the spots

PROCEDURE

Dyemasters will not attempt to dye any carpet until it has been tested This is usually done following the quote by sending a sample of the carpet to us to test.
If the test is positive,we can set up a time for the work to be done at your convenience. A couple of rooms can be done in an hour or two. A whole house of carpet usually can be done in one day.
You can schedule at the time of the quote, or any time thereafter. Our usual scheduling delay time is generally between 2 and 4 days, depending on the time of year.

It is important that someone is present on the date we do the dyeing to approve the color, prior to dyeing the entire carpet.


TESTING

Nylon and wool carpets are suitable, but olefin, polypropylene and polyester are not. Most carpets are produced with nylon fibers, which account for approximately 85% of all carpets in use today. These nylon carpets are completely dye-able.
The most conclusive way to determine the fiber content is with our fiber id testing device. This will tell us immediately if the carpet can be dyed. We only need a few strands of carpet to do the test. This can be easily done by mailing a sample to us. There is no charge for the test.

GUARANTEE

Dyemasters unconditionally guarantees that the dyes we use will be as durable and colorfast as those of the original carpet manufacturer. The dyes we use are from the major carpet mills.

THE PROCESS

Unlike most normal textile dyeing systems, our process does not rely on boiling water to set the dye into the fiber.
Our dyes are chemically set: this means we can speed up or slow down the dwell time to suit the particular requirements of the carpet being dyed. Lighter shades require less time to set up versus darker shades. Dwell time is normally between 15 and 60 minutes, giving enough time for the dye to develop.

Once set, clear water is left; this is extracted out. The time that the moisture is in the carpet, acts like a pre-soak, loosening the dirt and foreign matter and emulsifying it into the water ready to be cleaned out. This leaves the carpet touch damp and ready to be used immediately.

COLOR CHOICES

With our custom mixing and blending of colors and shades, you will be able to choose a color of your choice. Most carpets are light colored and the main reason for dyeing is to cover stains. Also remember when re-dyeing a carpet, color is being added to the carpet, therefore a “dark” colored carpet can not be dyed to a “light” colored carpet. It is not always possible to cover every single stain. Therefore choice of color and depth of color are very important to obtain the best results.
Dyes are NOT a coating, unlike paint, which is. The new dye color actually penetrates right into the fiber dye sites, and “mixes” with the existing color to produce the final color.
That is why paint color charts are not the best way to choose carpet colors. The test dye spots we do prior to dyeing the entire carpet are your best guide to giving you an indication of likely color outcome. As in all dyeing processes, a slight variation in color may occur from the test spot to the what final color will be.


FURNITURE

Most flat furniture needs to be moved off the carpet; it can be put back when the carpet is totally dried. Items with legs can be moved back and forth as the carpet is being dyed. We will advise you during the quote what furniture can stay on and what should be removed. Our best advice, though, would be to remove as much furniture as possible.
All fragile items and “nick-knacks” should be removed. Examples: china, electronics, shoes in closets, toys,items under beds,potted plants,closet floors ect.


DRYING TIME

Usually 48 to 96 hours from completion. The time will vary with carpet style, thickness, weather conditions, ventilation, etc. Cross-Ventilation is the best way to accelerate the drying of the carpet,along with opening all doors and windows. Also run any fans you may have in rooms with poor ventilation Although damp, the carpet can be used immediately after we are finished. THERE IS A SANITISING AGENT IN THE DYE TO HELP CONTROL MICROBIAL ACTIVITY, which has an ongoing long-term effect to control bacteria in the carpet.

PAINTING

We recommend you paint after dyeing, if possible, for the following reasons:

1. Changing the color of the carpet is the most dramatic change you will make to the look of your room. Once dyed, it may alter your idea of wall colors.

2. Dye will not penetrate dried paint, glue or coatings.

3. It is almost impossible not to get a little dye on the baseboards and base of walls, this will wipes off, however “flat “ type paint IS susceptible to absorbing dyes.
This can be removed by wiping lightly with a cloth dampened with bleach, once the carpet is dry.
It is important however not to get any bleach on the carpet, as it will remove the color.


STAINS

Most carpets are replaced because of irremovable stains. Most pet,food or chemical stains can be completely hidden or made less obvious with the correct color choice,but may not completely hide. The color you choose may be more important to you than hiding every single stain. We always pre-dye off-color stains prior to dyeing the entire carpet.
Very occasionally, once the dye has been applied, some odd chemical reaction may occur which might cause a darker or lighter spot. We usually are able to remedy this situation.
Darker spots are caused by the presence of a low pH (acid)chemical residue, ( wine, vinegar, cordial and juice, pet stains,some body fluids.) Usually these stains will not show after the carpet has been dyed a deeper color.
Lighter spots are caused by the presence of a high pH chemical residue, such as bleach, or very heavy detergent residue from over zealous use of spotters.
Normally, neutralizing, rinsing and extracting the areas where these stains are, and re-applying the dye resolves this problem.


FADING

Ultraviolet light fade occurs everywhere there is light, more severely where light is strongest. Total color changes are not generally feasible on severely faded carpets. Remember the dyes “mix” with the dyes already in your carpet. If they are missing, due to fading, the resulting color in the non-faded areas will look different than the faded areas. The only way to change the color on a faded- out carpet would be to restore its original color and then re-dye it to a new color. In these situations it is best to restore the color rather then attempt to do a complete color change.
Our dyes have a high UV resistance, but as in mill dyed carpets, they will gradually fade over a long period in areas with high UV exposure. Ozone gas fade is another way in which carpets fade. This type of fade is not caused by ultraviolet light, but by the “ozone” in our atmosphere. This can occur in by itself or in conjunction with UV fading.

INCORRECT COMMON BELIEF

Deeper colors on the floor DO NOT make a room look smaller – darker walls do. Fact: Light rays bounce back to your eyes more quickly from light colored surfaces; they are absorbed more into a deeper colored floor, thus giving the perception of a larger room.

BENEFITS OF A DEEPER COLORED CARPET

1. Covers food stains, pet stains and UV/Ozone fading.

2. Makes worn areas look less obvious.

3. Highlights furniture.

4.Overall, a more elegant and clean appearance

 

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