With Easter just coming to an end, the egg dying has likely left its mark on many surfaces. Luckily, the egg dye is usually easily removed from hard surfaces, especially if you managed to wipe it up as soon as it happened. Where there is no telling where you might find splatters of the substances, if it has gone this long, it likely developed into a challenging stain, especially if got on the carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Where the Easter egg dye can be troubling on any surface, we at DM Carpet Cleaning would like to offer a few recommendations on removing the Easter Egg dye with a multi-surface method.
Easter Egg Dye Removal from Carpet
1) Be sure to perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area, no matter which surface you are treating. Hydrogen peroxide can generally safely remove the Easter Egg dye stains. However, the peroxide is lightening agent and if applied incorrectly or too concentrated for an extended length of time, it can permanently lighten the original color of the surface you are treating, especially upholstery, carpets, rugs, and other fabrics. By testing in an inconspicuous area, if it lightens you can explore other options without it being in obvious location.
2) Use a spray bottle for more control and pour 3% hydrogen peroxide to lightly dampen the rugs, carpet, upholstery tile, wood, linoleum, walls, and so on, where the egg dye infliction occurred.
3) Allow 5 minutes so the peroxide can break the stain down. Be especially cautious on surfaces that is susceptible to moisture damage and areas that is not sealed.
4) To better reach the crevices, textured areas and walls are a toothbrush make it easier to clean. Use a water-damp cloth to wipe away residual peroxide and dye to rinse the surface after the dye is transferred onto the original washing cloth or toothbrush.
5) Treat a cloth in soapy water and lightly wipe the area and follow up with a water-damp cloth to rinse the soapy water residue to make certain the peroxide is completely removed from the more porous surfaces, such as grout, upholstery, carpets, and rugs.
6) To remove the moisture and dry the area well, use dry towels.
7) Until the Easter Egg dye is fully removed, repeat as needed.
Additional Stain Removal Tips
1) Followed by staining and finishing of hardwood flooring/counters, or tables that was not sealed, you may need to do bit of sanding with fine grit paper until the dye is gone. You can contact a professional for assistance.
2) Make sure wipe up the Easter egg dye by pre-dampening a clean cloth with water and then lightly adding peroxide on the damp cloth to avoid water marks on hardwood floors. Make certain that use different corners of the cloth as the dye is transferred to the cloth. Also, ensure the wood floor is dried well after you treat the stain.
3) When determining how long you should leave the peroxide on the treated area, err on the side of caution. If you leave it on too long, you can permanently lighten the surface whereas too little time will simply call for a reapplication.
4) As you treat carpets, rugs, and upholstery, only blot and never scrub or rub the dye. To avoid moisture damage do not over-saturate with water or peroxide. Do not use hot water, and stick to white paper towels, rags, and towels.