It is very common for households to be using Easter egg dye this time of year. More often than not, the dye will land on the surrounding surfaces; whether you take on the project or let the kids have at in an effort to keep them busy. Upholstery, carpets, rugs, linoleum, tile and grout, wood floor varieties, and other such flooring options in addition to walls are all subjected to the spills, splatters, drips, and spots. On some surfaces a quick wipe up or blotting promptly will be adequate to prevent staining but some of the more porous materials, and if a enough time lapses, could cause staining. We at Heart of Texas Chem-Dry would like to share how you can get the Easter egg dye removed with hydrogen peroxide on multi-surfaces.
Easter Egg Food Coloring Dye Removal
1) Hydrogen peroxide is a natural lightening or bleaching agent. If enough time lapses and/or the potency are strong enough, it can permanently lighten the color of the area you are treating. Always perform a patch test on the all the surfaces you are using it to remove the Easter egg dye. Put a dab of peroxide in an inconspicuous area and wait 5 minutes to ensure the color is not compromised.
2) Pour hydrogen peroxide in an empty squirt bottle for easy application, if you do not have a spare, you can apply the peroxide on a cloth and sponge it onto the Easter egg dye.
3) For a few minutes, allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit, do not exceed 5 minutes. Be cautious as you apply it to non-friendly moisture surfaces like wood flooring and unsealed areas. Otherwise you can cause moisture damage.
4) For the textured surfaces, like walls, use a toothbrush to brush the peroxide into the crevices.
5) After the peroxide has done its thing, wipe the hard surfaces and blot the fabrics, such as carpets, rugs, and upholstery with a damp cloth. Follow up with soapy water to dampen another cloth, to ensure the hydrogen peroxide is removed. Use a water damp cloth again to clear the soapy water off.
6) Dry the area well.
7) Repeat until all the dye has been removed.
Additional Tips to Remove Carpet Stains
1) To prevent water marks on hardwood floors, pre-dampen a clean cloth with water and then apply peroxide to the damp cloth. Scrub the Easter egg dye. Be sure to use different corners of the cloth as the dye transfers to it. Completely dry the wood floor.
2) If you are uncertain how long to leave the peroxide on the dye, err on the side of caution. If it wasn’t quite long enough, you can reapply, but if you leave it on too long the surface can be permanently lightened.
3) If hardwood floors or other surfaces were not properly sealed, it may require a bit of sanding with fine grit paper until the dye is gone. The wood floor will need a patch of stain and refinishing. Recruit a professional to avoid damaging the wood floor if you do not know how to do it.
4) For carpets, rugs, and upholstery do not wipe, or scrub, but rather blot. Do not over saturate, if necessary use a dry cloth in between steps to control the liquid exposure. Do not use hot water when treating the dye and only use white rags, cloths, or towels.