This time of year, it is fairly common homes are well equipped with Easter Egg dye. The dye will often find its way on the different flooring surfaces, whether you let the kids have some creative crafting time with decorating the eggs or opt to do it yourself. Frequently the different surfaces like walls, upholstery and carpets, rugs, linoleum, tile and grout, and wood floor varieties. When dye hits these surfaces a quick wipe up or blotting can remove the dye, but most the time, it takes a little more than that. With that in mind, we at DM Carpet Cleaning would like to take the opportunity to share how to remove the dye with a multi-surface method.
How to Remove Color Easter Egg Dye Stains from Carpet
1) Always begin with a patch test, no matter which surface you are removing the dye from. To remove the dye, hydrogen peroxide is used, but it is a natural lightening agent and after enough time, depending on the strength, can lift the color off the surface you are treating in addition to the Easter Egg dye. To make certain the peroxide will not compromise the surface materials, perform a patch test in an inconspicuous are.
2) Pour 3% hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle to offer more control and apply it to the various place where the dye has landed, including tile, wood, linoleum, walls, carpet, rugs, upholstery, and so forth.
3) Allow 5 minutes for the peroxide sit. Keep in mind the surfaces sensitive to moisture like wood flooring as too much moisture can lead to damage. Also be careful on surfaces that are not sealed.
4) Walls and other textured surfaces can be easily cleaned with a toothbrush to brush to better reach the crevices. Ensure that you rinse the area well with a separate damp cloth after the dye is transferred onto the original washing cloth.
5) Use soapy water to dampen another cloth, to ensure the peroxide is completely removed from the surface, wipe and repeat with a damp cloth from water to rinse the soapy residues.
6) Completely dry.
7) Until all the dye has been removed, repeat as needed.
Additional Carpet Stain Removal Tips
1) Not properly sealed hardwood floors may require a bit of sanding with fine grit paper until the dye is gone and then you will need to stain and finish the area. Enlist the services of a professional to avoid damaging the wood floor if you are uncomfortable doing this or do not have any experience.
2) Scrub the Easter egg dye by pre-dampening a clean cloth with water and then apply peroxide to the damp cloth to avoid water marks on hardwood floors. As the dye transfers onto the cloth use different corners of the cloth. After the dye is gone, dry the wood floor well.
3) When determining how long to leave the peroxide on the dye, err on the side of caution. Leaving it on too long can permanently lighten the surface whereas too little time will simply call for a reapplication.
4) Be sure to blot carpets, rugs, and upholstery; do not wipe or scrub. To avoid water damage effects, do not over saturate. Only use white rags, cloths, or towels and never hot water.
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DM Carpet Cleaning is readily available if you run into stubborn Easter egg dye stains and can help you remove it from most surfaces. Call us today to get started!