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Living Smart: Stained, Faded Carpet: Clean, Replace or Dye

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By Angie Hicks

The cost of dyeing varies, depending on the size of the job, among other factors. One highly rated dyer told our researcher that he charges 70 cents per square foot.

Be aware that carpet dyeing is a specialty industry with a limited number of businesses that offer the service. Dyeing is generally most popular with specific consumer groups, such as landlords, hotel operators and people planning to sell a home.

Highly rated carpet experts our researchers interviewed were not united in recommending dyeing as a long-term investment. Some said results can’t be expected to last much more than a year, but others say they’ve had customers who are happy with the results of full-room dyeing even after 10 years.

Highly rated carpet dyers told our team that it’s crucial to hire a company that properly trains employees. I suggest that if you’re considering having a carpet or rug spot-dyed or completely recolored, be sure to ask what kind of training the company gives its employees in carpet and paint technologies. Also, confirm that the products used are safe for the people and animals in your home.

In addition, ask for several references and take the time to contact them, especially asking how well the dyeing has held up over time.

Be sure to consider hiring only companies that are highly rated on a trusted online source or are recommended by someone you know. Make sure to ask the company for a sample of what the new color will look like.

Angie Hicks is the founder of Angie’s List, a resource for local consumer reviews on everything from home repair to health care. Follow her on Twitter at @Angie — Hicks.

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