How to Remove Tie-Dye From Carpet

Kaye Wagner

Tie-dye involves using a wide variety of dyes. If you’ve spilled some of these dyes on your carpet you’ll need to work quickly and efficiently so they don’t permanently damage your carpet.

Work over a drop cloth to prevent tie-dye stains.

In some cases you will be unable to remove all of the dye and will either have to contact a professional to attempt to remove the rest of the stain or you’ll have to replace the carpet. Test cleaning methods on a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet to make sure they won't damage it.

  1. Soak up as much of the dye as possible with clean cloths. Do this as soon as possible. In some cases you may be able to remove all of the dye this way.

  2. Mix ¼ tsp liquid dish soap with 1 cup lukewarm water. Do not use dish soap that contains bleach. Do not add more liquid dish soap as this will not enhance the solution’s ability to remove the dye and will simply make the carpet harder to rinse.

  3. Dab the solution onto the dye stain. Work from the edge of the stain toward the center until the dye no longer transfers to the cloth.

  4. Mix 1 tbsp. ammonia with 1 cup water. Ammonia can change the color of your carpet so test it in a small, inconspicuous area first.

  5. Dab the ammonia solution onto the dye stains until the dye no longer transfers to the cloth.

  6. Press a clean cloth into the area to soak up all the ammonia and liquid dish soap. Mist the area with clear water to rinse away residue.