Colour expert shares warning against DIY carpet dyeing trend

This is one trend to follow with caution

Carpets are an investment, so when they start to look shabby it's no wonder homeowners look for cheap ways to improve the appearance.

But following the news of the latest DIY trend to dye carpets DYLON, the experts of dyes, have issued an official comment to warn about the use of the wrong dye on carpets.

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Ruining carpets can be a costly experience, so it's best to seek expert advice.

Expert warns DYLON dye is unsuitable for carpets

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The comment comes from Rachel Ferreira, Brand Manager, who says, ‘DYLON Machine Dyes are only to be used in a front-loading automatic washing machines. And cannot be used by hand or painted onto fabric. The all-in-one formula has a ratio of dye too elevated for the hand dye process.'

'DYLON Machine Dyes are not suitable for wool and nylon, from which carpets are most commonly produced. As such materials cannot be recoloured with the use of domestic dyes.'

'It’s important to note that carpets are often treated with a special finish to increase lifespan and prevent staining – which also means it cannot be dyed.'

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'Freshly dyed items have to be washed thoroughly, loose and unfixed dye will be removed in this stage. This is a mandatory step, also linked to product safety. Carpets cannot be washed in the washing machine, therefore our machine dyes cannot be used.'

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'The Machine Dyes can be used by simply placing the pod in the washing machine with your cotton, linen or viscose fabrics to bring back your garments to life easily and at a low cost. Whether it be reviving your faded jeans, or your living room by adding a touch of colour to your a pillow cases, faded curtains, table napkins or even your couch cover there are 22 colours to choose from, mix and match and bring your clothes and home back to life.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.