When does carpet get its color? How are carpets dyed? The dye process can vary dramatically when it comes to giving carpet the rich colors and patterns that make it so popular. Dye can be applied to the fibers before tufting, after the carpet has been tufted and before the secondary backing is put on. Depending on the carpet’s intended use, dye is carefully applied to provide long-lasting color for a durable appearance.
Here are three common ways that carpets are post-dyed:
Printing: Rollers or ink jets apply coloring onto the surface of the carpeting to create patterns and pictures. Generally, only the surface of the carpeting receives the dye.
Beck dyeing: The carpeting is placed in a vat of dye and allowed to absorb the coloring. The result is even colors and leads to few side matching problems. Carpet that has Beck dyeing is more expensive because of the time involved in manufacturing.
Continuous dyeing: This is when the carpeting moves under a dye applicator, which applies the coloring over 12 foot wide carpeting that has been sewn together. This creates the ability to dye an unlimited amount of carpeting. It is a technique most often used for residential carpeting.