Carpet Dyeing - A Solution for Homeowners
Most existing carpeting in homes, including Oriental rugs, can be dyed. Many homeowners will be sprucing up their home this spring, whether to place it on the market for resale, to remodel, redecorate, or simply do a thorough spring cleaning. The most noticeable casualty of a "lived-in" home is often the condition of the carpet. Eventually, ALL carpets develop problems, whether the issue is ugly matted traffic patterns, food stains or pet stains, sun fading, chemical spills, or bleach spots. Repeated cleaning often does not help. Even the best carpet cleaning may not remove stubborn stains, or the stains and high traffic patterns return soon after the carpet cleaners have gone. Carpet cleaning cannot successfully address the issue of fading, chemical spills, or bleach spots. Eventually traffic patterns and matting just get worse. Many homeowners think that their carpet needs to be replaced simply because it's matted down. New carpet seems to be the only solution. Only if the carpet is not functionally intact (threadbare in large areas, or torn in many places or burnt in large areas) is buying new carpet the only alternative.
Expert carpet dyeing can be an attractive alternative to premature carpet replacement. The average carpet will last for 15-20 years. But carpets are replaced 70% of the time for reasons other than wear. Those same carpets will be in good structural condition when discarded, but the appearance (color, discoloration, stains, fading, traffic areas, etc.) is unacceptable and not covered by any guarantee or warranty (as anyone knows who has ever tried to file a claim or pursue any recourse against the carpet retailer or manufacturer or a stain protectant company). Although a carpet should be cleaned properly on a regular schedule, (every 6 to 24 months depending on the carpet) improper cleaning or inadequate cleaning can actually harm the beauty and life of the carpet. Cheaper inferior carpet materials, such as polyester and olefin are not dyeable. If you are not sure what material your carpet is made from, a certified carpet dyeing technician can easily and quickly test the material to determine the fiber content.
Why Carpet is Dyed
Some homeowners are dissatisfied with outdated colors, and prefer to dye their carpet to achieve a totally new color scheme. Others are unhappy because they are tired of the color, or it is incompatible with their décor. Many homeowners become frustrated with their attempts to keep their carpet clean (often a color choice which was recommended by a decorator or homebuilder, as a "safe neutral choice, good for resale value" , but which proves to be too light, and therefore nearly impossible to maintain). Others are convinced that their carpet appears to be worn out. Actually, most residential carpet does not wear out, it simply "uglies out". Carpet dyeing can make your carpet look like new by restoring, protecting and preserving the beauty, color and life of your carpet Professional carpet dyeing, done by a reputable company, can restore an existing color, achieve a slight color change, or achieve an exciting new color by color restoration, tone/tint, color matching, true dyeing via color change, or spot dyeing. Patterned, multicolored, or sculptured carpet can also be successfully dyed, as well as virtually all Oriental rugs.
Carpet Dyeing Saves Money For Homeowners
Expert carpet dyeing can save a homeowner a great deal of money, as the cost is from 50% - 80% less expensive than the cost of premature carpet replacement, depending on the grade and condition of the carpet. In a home that has 1500 square feet of carpeted area, the cost of replacing the carpet with a medium grade, may cost $8,000. Redyeing the existing carpet could cost $2,000 or less, thus realizing a savings of $6,000, (75% less than new carpet).
Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Carpet Dyer
There are only a few dozen full-time carpet dyeing specialists in the USA, with only a handful who are Certified Dye Masters and Colorists. Carpet dyeing is an art and requires extensive technical training. Suffice it to say that "a savvy consumer would not take their car to a car wash to have it painted". When searching for companies who do carpet dyeing, it would be well to ask the following questions:
Is carpet dyeing the main focus of their business?
Do they have Certified Dye Technicians who will be performing the work?
What kind of training and credentials does their technical staff have?
Are the dyes guaranteed to be permanent and colorfast for the life of the carpet?
Will the dyes leave any kind of residue?
Do they have a portfolio of letters of reference and endorsements?
Are Materials Safety Data Sheets available for inspection to prove non-toxicity of their solutions?
Do they use liquid dyes as opposed to powder dyes? (Liquid dyes do not leave a powdery residue behind)
Are they willing to guarantee that newly dyed carpet will have even coloration?
Are they willing to provide a written guarantee to attest to the results and the quality of their work?
Are they able to achieve perfect color matching?
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