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Can you use RIT dye to dye a carpet?

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Carpet dyeing should be left to the professionals, according to Phoenix Brands, the manufacturer of Rit dyes. Proper application and setting of carpet dye requires high temperatures, high pressure, special chemicals and surfactants.

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On nylon or wool rugs, Rit dye can be used to spot-dye a worn area. Care in matching the color, applying the dye evenly and blotting excess moisture thoroughly are important. Even with care, the process might not be satisfactory, and the carpet may have to be redone by professionals. Polyester cannot be dyed at all. Carpets or rugs with rubber backing should not be dyed, because the rubber absorbs the dye but does not retain it. Over time, the color is likely to bleed onto the carpet or flooring.

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    Is Rit dye toxic?

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    Phoenix Brands produces many products under the Rit name, none of which are toxic. Rit dyes contain no hazardous or harsh additives, and the company explains that it uses no chemicals that pose acute or chronic health hazards, as defined by the American National Standards Institute.

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    Is there a Rit color chart?

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    Rit maintains dye color charts on its website at RitStudio.com. There are three sets of charts: core colors, Pantone seasonal colors and archive colors. Rit does not sell archive and Pantone colors as pre-mixed dyes and instead provides them as a reference tool.

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    Can Rit dye be purchased online?

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    As of 2015, the Rit dye products can be purchased at a variety of online retailers, including Wal-Mart, Michael's and JoAnn's craft stores. This product can also be found at in-store locations.

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    How do you use Rit dye?

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    The first step to using the dye is preparing the area by covering it with a plastic table cover or newspaper. Have paper towels and sponges handy. Wear rubber gloves to protect the hands and use plastic buckets or stainless steel pots fort the dye bath.

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