If you have an old rug around your home that you can’t use anymore because it looks quite unpleasant, dyeing it is a great way to restore it back to its former glory. Well, kind of. But it really is the best solution if you want to turn your rug into something more awesome and less hideous.
That also applies to rugs that are not that old or have just been bought recently, as the day will eventually come when you’ll decide to update your interior décor and make an existing rug of yours incompatible with your new theme. Anyway, let’s get started with this brief, yet very informative guide on how to dye a rug. (Note: For optimal results, use smaller area rugs that have a pastel or light color.)
1. Find out what type of fibre your rug is made of, which you can do by checking the rug tag. This step is extremely important because it will help you determine which type of dye and dyeing process you should use. Once the necessary information has been gathered, buy the necessary amount of dye that is appropriate for the fibre content and weight of your rug. You can refer to the dye manufacturer’s site and follow the instructions there to guarantee you have the right amount of dye.
2. For this step, you’ll need hot water and a container that can hold both the rug and the water, such as a sink. Fill up the container with enough hot water for your area rug to float freely in, which is necessary to do prior to dyeing in order for your rug to get a better colour result. If the dye you are using is powder, put it in two cups of boiling water to pre-dissolve. Then, add the needed amount of pre-dissolved dye or liquid, and stir the container with a wooden stick to properly mix and spread the dye.
3. Put your rug in a place where you can totally submerge it with clean, hot water, like a shower or a bathtub. Make sure that every fibre of the rug is in direct contact with hot water.
4. Take out your rug and move it to the container with the dye bath. Be sure to wear rubber gloves so you can protect your hands while you’re lowering it carefully in the water. Let your rug absorb the dye in the container for at least 30 minutes, and stir the water regularly throughout. Once your rug has achieved the desired colour quality, take it out from the dye bath. However, if you’re not satisfied with the colour, you can make a new dye bath that contains 1.5 times more dye than what you previously used and submerge the rug for another 30 minutes until you’re satisfied with the results.
5. Thoroughly rinse your rug with warm water to take out all excess dye and continue on doing it until the water that passes through the rug is clear. After that, put the rug in your washing machine, add warm water and gentle laundry detergent, and wash.
6. Take out the rug from the washing machine and air dry it for a couple of minutes. Be sure that the rug is dry before using it so that you can avoid staining your floors and furnishings. Once it’s dry, your newly dyed rug is now ready to grace your interior again.
Now that you know how to dye a rug, it’s time for you to try it out this cool and simple DIY project yourself! Whether you’re going to dye a rug that you recently bought from a rugs online store or you’re going to colour an old, ageing rug – this simple guide will help add a little more spice to your home décor.