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How to remove aniline dye stain??

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by OXploiter, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. OXploiter


    Aug 1, 2006
    I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but....

    Unfortunately, a good half a jar of aniline dye (that I was using to re-dye a fretboard) was spilled onto my... carpet.

    This was yesterday. Now I'm frantic and in a panic to removal the stain. Any suggestions on what methods/chemicals are most effective? Thanks. :crying:
  2. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    I think you're in big trouble.
  3. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    A good place for that new subwoofer you always wanted? :eyebrow: Good luck
  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Mix up some more stain and apply in artful splotches to the rest of the carpet and say you were inspired by the muses.
  5. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Do you have a gallon of Mother's Spit?

    That gets everything out...
  6. The only way to get rid of analine dye is to bleach it out (pigment + oxygen = colourless), but you'd need to bleach the rest of the carpet.

    Big trouble! Good luck.
  7. go to a carpet cleaning specialist and ask them for the best stuff they got, spray it on, follow the directions and pray.
  8. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    Was it water-based or alcohol-based? You might *try* one of those oxygen cleaners, like Oxy Clean. Over-all, though, I think you're screwed.
  9. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Was it reddish-brown stain? You could fake an injury, say it was blood, and hope for sympathy instead of anger.
  10. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    All joking aside, how much stain are we talking about? A few little spots, on a cut-loop carpet, can be removed with scissors with little noticeable effect. IME.
  11. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I'd call the manufacturer of the dye and ask them what they'd do; it can't hurt, and there's a slim chance that it could help.
  12. Did the carpet really tie the room together or something?
  13. Bett


    Jan 27, 2008
    Cut out the stained section of carpet if you can't remove the stain. Then replace it with a patch of the same carpeting. If it's a longer fiber carpet, it shouldn't be noticeable after you're done. I think even with shorter fibers it should look fine, or at least better than a big blob of color. I'm not sure, but maybe some carpet companies may offer this service.

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