How To Get Hair Dye Out of Carpeting
Browse articles:
Auto Beauty Business Culture Dieting DIY Events Fashion Finance Food Freelancing Gardening Health Hobbies Home Internet Jobs Law Local Media Men's Health Mobile Nutrition Parenting Pets Pregnancy Products Psychology Real Estate Relationships Science Seniors Sports Technology Travel Wellness Women's Health
Browse companies:
Automotive Crafts, Hobbies & Gifts Department Stores Electronics & Wearables Fashion Food & Drink Health & Beauty Home & Garden Online Services & Software Sports & Outdoors Subscription Boxes Toys, Kids & Baby Travel & Events

How To Get Hair Dye Out of Carpeting

How to get rid of hair dye on carpet. How to remove hair dye from carpeting

Dying your hair at home can be a great way to save money.  Dying it at home can save you up to 75% of the price of having it done at a salon.  Of course it is not such a bargain if you accidently spill or squirt the hair dye on your carpeting.  Personally I have done just that.  I squirted the hair dye right past my head and on to the carpet behind me.  Needless to say my husband was not pleased.  I tried all kinds of cleaners and such to get it out but in the end this is what actually worked.

Things you'll need:

Plain white paper towels, paper towels with designs can leak ink in to the carpet, so always keep a roll of plain white ones around. 

corn starch

foaming carpet spray

Spot Shot Stain remover

(worse case: 1 tablespoon Ammonia and 1/2 water

If you get at the stain right away you might be able to prevent it from staining but you have to act extremely fast.  dab excess dye up with plain white paper towels. Do not rub, just dab.


Cover the area with corn starch. As much as you need to fully cover the stain,be generous. The corn starch will soak up a lot of the dye. Allow it to sit on the stain for about a half hour. Then vacuum up the cornstarch really well.

Then squirt foaming carpet spray on to the spot, allow it to pull up as much as it can and then scrub a bit with a couple of paper towels. You will have to repeat a couple of times.  By now most of it should be up. If you have Spot Shot carpet stain cleaner on hand skip the foaming carpet spray and go for the Spot Shot right away. 

The foaming carpet spray will likely not have gotten up all of the hair dye this is when you should go and get some Spot Shot carpet stain cleaner, it will literally blast the stain out of the carpet. 

If all of the above do not work or the stain has set then here is what you need to do:

If all of the above does not work or if you have a spot that is a little worse then the rest of the stain then you will need to try a little more of a radical approach. Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia in to 1/2 cup of water. Find an area on the carpet that can not be seen and test the solution on the carpet to see how it will affect the color on the carpeting. Just put on rubber gloves and dampen a paper towel with it and then test it on the carpet. If it does not seem to affect the carpet then go ahead and treat the stain with the mixture. Dip a couple of layered paper towels in to the solution, and the firmly dab at the stain until it is gone.

Additional resources:

Need an answer?
Get insightful answers from community-recommended
in Home Cleaning on Knoji.
Would you recommend this author as an expert in Home Cleaning?
You have 0 recommendations remaining to grant today.
Comments (0)