Asked on Oct 09, 2017

How can I dye my large rug using Rit Dye?

by C
I just purchased an indoor/outdoor 8 X 10' rug for my gazebo. I love the rug but it is the wrong shade of blue for my furniture. Is it possible to dye it? I don't want to paint it and loose the pattern. As you can see, the furniture is more of a blue grey while the rug is kind of a blue green.
q how can i dye my large rug using rit dye
q how can i dye my large rug using rit dye
  20 answers
  • C C on Oct 09, 2017
    Thank you so much.

  • Melas Gune Melas Gune on Oct 10, 2017

    The walls in my loft are cement How can I decorate them.

  • Mike Ramsey Mike Ramsey on Oct 10, 2017
    Take it back/exchange

  • 27524803 27524803 on Oct 10, 2017
    Since it is an indoor/OUTDOOR carpet... it may be treated against sun fading, which may effect how the material accepts and holds the dye. The type of material (nylon, rayon, polyester, etc) will also effect how it accepts and holds the dye... if it won't accept a new color... it might be easier to put new covers on your furniture cushions. There is also the problem of wrangling the thing around to rinse and dry it.

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Oct 10, 2017
    Above answer is interesting and probably correct. That being said I dyed an old rose colored print carpet.10x12, with green RIT dye. I just laid it out on the ground,a bucket of hot dye and a scrub brush...scrubbed it into the carpet,on my hands and knees. I let it dry real well. I had bought it at an auction because I was pg and wanted carpeting for when he got older. It never ran or came off onto clothing ,as I can remember. That was almost 50 years ago. However there is,as I understand textile / fabric paint,probably good for synthetics. I don't know what my carpet was made out of. Good luck! 🤓

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    • Bernice H Bernice H on Oct 11, 2017
      Wasn't that a great feeling? I was so proud of myself I bet you were too! 🤓

  • Donna L. Woolman Donna L. Woolman on Oct 10, 2017
    Consider tinting the cushion covers, rather than attempting to do the rug. You can do it in your washing machine it they are removable.

  • Sheryl Marquard Sheryl Marquard on Oct 11, 2017
    I think it's fine and wouldn't dye it. Bring in a light pillow on the back piece and accessories to help tie it together.

  • Patti Patti on Oct 11, 2017
    I love the color of the rug and would LET IT BE. Change up your cushions/pillows, etc. instead.

  • L. Creative L. Creative on Oct 16, 2017
    You MAY help yourself by just changing the covers on couch pillows to match and making curtains to coordinate rather than dying the rug. There is more than one way to skin a cat!

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 16, 2017
    Here's what Rite has to say on the subject.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Oct 16, 2017
    Many designers say it is okay to have different shades/tones of the same colour. If you look at a colour wheel, it is okay to pick colours that are next to each other (analogous).

    Unless my monitor is way off, the furniture legs and rug colours coordinate.

  • Margie Spenser Margie Spenser on Oct 17, 2017
    50 years ago I lived next door to a woman who dyed her rug. As I remember it, she had to repeat the process every once in a while. I don't know why. Especially since your rug has a design in a

  • Margie Spenser Margie Spenser on Oct 17, 2017
    Why do I have trouble posting a complete message? Can anybody tell me what I am doing wrong?

    • B. Enne B. Enne on Oct 19, 2017
      I have noticed lately that while I am typing a response, if someone posts at the same time, it does a light flash and all of a sudden the rest of my message continues at the beginning (in front of what I have already written). It's as if my cursor is being bumped. I wonder if that's what's happening to you.

  • Margie Spenser Margie Spenser on Oct 19, 2017
    That's interesting but it doesn't seem like what is happening to me. I will be typing a comment on Hometalk and suddenly everything I've said will be posted along with my picture, as though I were finished, but I can be in the middle of a word. I don't think I'm hitting any keys but the letters, but I must be.

    That thing where your cursor jumps happens to me when I am typing texts or emails or even a comment in a file I am writing on my phone ( I keep TO DO lists and diary entries in Snote) ; I will find the cursor has moved somewhere totally unrelated to where I am writing, and the words I am typing will appear in the middle of something I already finished. If I don't stop and erase the misplaced words and then move down to where I had been writing, everything can get impossible to read. It's like I'm knitting and my cat is trying to help; everything gets tangled. I can't pin it on anybody else posting since it happens when I am writing other kinds of things.

    Ain't computers fun!?!

  • Colimbia1 Colimbia1 on Nov 02, 2017
    GRrrrrrrr! I was typing my agreement with you and Hometalk "stopped responding," Something that happens often some nights and it doesn't matter if I have any other site open or not. So I will try again,

    I have experienced the same with the cursor jumping around. Usually back to the beginning of what I am typing but sometimes in the middle of a line. Sometimes Hometalk is so slow I type and look down and there is nothing but garble there because as I type it takes a few seconds for each letter to appear on the screen. sometimes I want to go back to a line and it won't let me place the cursor and the only thing I can do is use the backspace to get to that word on another line. It seems that maybe some of the problem are the pop-up ads on the right of the screen, particularly in the early evening. The other night I had three of the same picture on the screen of some breakfast cereal. No matter what I did I couldn't stop them. When the ads are popping up it inhibits typing and sometimes I just quit. Turning the computer off and back on doesn't help.

    Agree it isn't fun.

  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Jan 23, 2018
    There used to be a product called fabspray. Let the pattern visible. That was in the late 60's.

  • Dale Mills Dale Mills on Jan 23, 2018
    acrylic Paint.............sponge ... acrylic paint will never ever come out of textiles ever . neither your clothes .. so when u do this wear clothes u can throw away.. go to U Tube ..u can also do this to furniture

  • Dale Mills Dale Mills on Jan 23, 2018
    it is wonderful to change out a color using paint.......I have never ever used a textile medium to make it soft.. I stencil t shirts also .. it isn't hard . but I don't pour the paint