When it comes to hair dye stains it is crucial that you do not apply an oxidizing agent such as hydrogen peroxide or a high P.H. enzyme, because it will only intensify them. These are tricky stains so if you do not feel comfortable removing them yourself it is best to call a professional. Here are two methods you can try when it comes to removing hair dye.
Begin by soaking a clean white towel in cold water. Blot the area putting as much pressure as you can to the towel while on the stain. Remember to never rub the affected area to prevent spreading. Next, mix a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, a table spoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water. Before applying the solution to the stain remember to always test first in an inconspicuous area. Then, proceed by blotting the affected area using a damped white rag with solution until stain has been removed; again do not rub to avoid any spreading. Lastly, use another clean dry towel and blot the area with cold water to rinse out the solution. After you notice that you have removed most of the solution use another bry white towel and dry the area.
For the second method, begin by applying a solvent to the affected area and agitate gently to emulsify the stain as much as possible. Next, do a hot water extraction and rinse thoroughly, using a vacuum dry as much as possible doing drying strokes. If there is any discoloration apply a reducer to the stain. After applying the reducer, clean the stained area by hot water extraction. Remove excess moisture by blotting area with a dry clean white towel. Using a trigger sprayer apply the reducer again. Proceed by covering the affected area with a moderately wet terry towel. Using a steam iron set at the lowest steam temperature, and apply steam to area. Check the stain every 30 seconds and then remove heat and towel once the stain has disappeared or turned to a light yellow color. Lastly, rinse out the chemical with extraction.
Dwell time is very crucial, and when there is not enough there will be an incomplete stain removal, high temperature is not necessary. Also, the type of iron used is very important. Conventional irons can work against you due to uneven heat/steam application to your carpet. An iron that has steam vents covering the ironing surface rather than one with a single row of vents around the perimeter of the ironing surface.