With the Easter Season upon us, many homes are using Easter Egg Dye. Whether they are doing the project themselves or keeping the kids busy with some creative crafting time, it is not unheard of for the dye to land on a number of surfaces, such as walls, tile and grout, wood flooring, carpets, rugs, upholstery and so on. In most cases, immediately blotting the dye spill can likely be enough to remove the Easter Egg Dye before it becomes a troublesome stain. However, there are times where it requires a little more effort and we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to further elaborate on how you can remove the Easter Egg dye with a multi-surface method.
How to Remove Dye Stains from Carpet & Upholstery
1) No matter which surface you are treating, be sure perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area. The Easter Egg dye can usually be safely removed with hydrogen peroxide, however, it is a natural lightening agent and if applied in strong enough doses and for any length of time, it can potentially lighten the original color of the surface you are treating, such as the carpets or upholstery. Make certain that the peroxide will not compromise the color by testing in an inconspicuous area.
2) To offer more control, pour 3% hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and moderately mist the areas that have been inflicted by the egg dye, such as carpet, rugs, upholstery tile, wood, linoleum, walls, and so on.
3) Let the peroxide soak in for about five minutes. Be cautious on surfaces that is susceptible to moisture damage and areas that is not sealed.
4) With a toothbrush to brush and better reach the crevices, textured areas and walls are easier cleaned. After the dye is transferred onto the original washing cloth or toothbrush, be sure to use a water-damp cloth to wipe away residual peroxide and dye to rinse the surface.
5) To ensure the peroxide is completely removed from the more porous surfaces, such as grout, upholstery, rugs, and carpets, treat a cloth in soapy water and lightly wipe the area and follow up wit a water-damp cloth to rinse the soapy water residue.
6) Use dry towels to remove the moisture and dry the area well.
7) Repeat as needed until the Easter Egg dye is fully removed.
Additional Stain Removal Tips
1) You may be required a bit of sanding with fine grit paper until the dye is gone, followed by staining and finishing of hardwood flooring was not sealed. To avoid reskin damage, you can contact a professional for assistance.
2) To avoid water marks on hardwood floors, be sure wipe up the Easter egg dye by pre-dampening a clean cloth with water and then lightly adding peroxide on the damp cloth. Be sure to use different corners of the cloth as the dye is transferred to the cloth. Be sure the wood floor is dry thoroughly after the dye is removed.
3) Err on the side of caution when determining how long you should leave the peroxide on the treated area. Too little time will simply call for a reapplication whereas if you leave it on too long, you can permanently lighten the surface.
4) Never scrub or rub the dye as you treat carpets, rugs, and upholstery, only blot. Never over saturate with water or peroxide to avoid moisture damage. Do not use hot water, and stick to white paper towels, rags, and towels.