Since, by its nature dye of any sort is supposed to color
things, removing stains caused by it from carpet is not easy.
In fact, it is most often not possible. But there are things
to try that might lighten a stain to the point where you no longer
notice it, and there are remedies for permanent stains that go
beyond removing them
Whether Easter egg dye or hair dye, clean it up fast when
it spills. Depending on the type of carpeting you have it can
take a while for the color to soak into the fibers. If you sop
up most of it before that happens you prevent the worst dye stains.
Grab paper towels, a wet/dry vacuum or whatever you have that
can clean up the liquid quickly.
There are two cleaning solutions to try at this point. First
add a teaspoon of non-fragrant dish washing soap to a quart of
warm water and apply it to the area repeatedly, blotting it up
each time with uncolored (white) paper towels or clean white
cotton rags. You can work it in a bit with your fingers, but
don't rub too hard or you can damage the carpet fibers.
If after using up your solution you are still seeing some
transfer of the stain to a clean white cloth, mix up another
batch and repeat the process. Other wise move on to the next
Apply 3% hydrogen peroxide to the dye stain without letting
it soak too deep into the carpet (it doesn't really matter if
some stain remains deeper down where you can't see it, and the
hydrogen peroxide might damage the carpet backing if it soaks
it too much). Allow this to sit for fifteen minutes.
Spray or drip water on the spot several times, blotting it
up each time. Then dry the spot quickly, using white paper towels
(just push down, don't rub) and a fan that can be left blowing
on it for hours. The fast drying can be important, because in
time moisture can allow dye to migrate from deeper in the carpet
fibers back up to the surface, where it will become visible again.
In this video, Rich, from AskAuntPatti.com shows us how
to get red dye out of carpeting, whether it comes from drink
mixes or lipstick or other sources.
As mentioned, removing dye stains is not always possible,
but you hopefully lightened them in any case. If they are still
obvious see our page about permanent
stains for other options.