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DIY fans warned not to try carpet hack at home as it could go very wrong


With all of us spending so much time at home during lockdown, it stands to reason that we might get a little tired with our own houses and the way they look.

As such, a number of people have used this period as a time to try their hand at some DIY.

We’ve seen people using pennies to revamp their kitchens and others making their own pubs in the back garden.

Most recently there’s been an interior design trend that has seen people attempting to change the colour of their carpets.

In order to do this they’ve been using Dylon dye pods, but experts from Dylon have issued a warning against this as it is unlikely to end well.

Dylon has warned people not to use their dye pods on carpets

The dye pods are only intended for use in the washing machine, to change the colour or refresh the colour of clothing or soft furnishings such as pillow cases, table cloths and curtains.

Instead people have been trying to spray or paint the dye onto their carpets, to save money on buying a new one.

But Rachel Ferreira, Brand Manager at Dylon has urged people not to try this hack at home.

In an official comment, she said: “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.

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One man ruined his carpet trying to change the colour with Dylon dye pods

“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.

“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.”

She added: “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.

“When using any dye, follow the instructions on the packet. For more information, visit our website.”

Back in February a man showed us all just how wrong things could go when he ended up ruining his carpet with dye.

In a post on the DIY On A Budget UK Facebook group the man explained how he’d seen other people use the dye pods to make changes to their homes and decided to try it out for himself.

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He attempted to darken his beige carpet – but the end result wasn’t exactly what he’d hoped for.

He wrote: “Tried the Dylon dye [on] one a small part of carpet. Thought to myself that looks alright, so I did half my living room! Looks like I will be needing a new carpet lol.”

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