How to Remove Dye from Carpet


Michelle asked: How do I remove dye from carpet? I have a fake tree that is in a basket. I’m not sure if my dog urinated on it, or if the carpet was still wet after I cleaned it, but the basket has left a horrible reddish-orange stain underneath the basket. I’ve tried everything and cannot seem to get the stain out. Any suggestions?

The most successful process for removing dye stains from your carpet will depend on the type of dye, the age of the stain, and the type of carpet.  It’s not always easy to come by those answers, but fortunately there’s a solution that works on virtually any type of dye stain, even on those that have been there for years!  Just follow these steps.

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Spray Spot Shot directly onto the area of the carpet affected by the stain.
  2. If the stain does not disappear immediately, blot it with the clean cloth.
  3. Turn the cloth frequently as it absorbs the removed color.
  4. Repeat as needed.
  5. Once the stain is gone, blot away as much moisture from the carpet as you can using a clean white cloth.
  6. An optional step is to clean the area with a carpet shampoo.
  7. Apply a small amount of the shampoo to the area with a wet, clean cloth.
  8. Blot it onto the area.
  9. Rinse by blotting the area with a clean cloth moistened with clean water.
  10. Rinse the cloth frequently and blot until the shampoo is removed.
  11. Press a dry cloth onto the area to absorb any excess moisture.
  12. Allow the area to air dry completely.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Do not blot with a colored towel. With the help of the cleaning agent, you may inadvertently transfer dye from the towel to the carpet.
  • Do not scrub carpet unless it’s necessary. It’s easy to damage the fibers or push the stain in further.
  • Always spot test in a hidden area before you begin to ensure there are no adverse effects to the carpet.


  1. Peg says:

    I spilled fiber-reactive dye onto my synthetic carpet. I’ve tried Spot Shot with little result. Any ideas? Thanks.

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