Madame Macabre: Tips for dyeing clothes.

Recently a reader asked me for tips on dyeing clothes because I said that I had several black clothes worn and I was thinking of dyeing them. My babybat period coincided with my phase of "that whose color I no longer like, we are going to dye it in black". So I gained enough experience as far as clothing dyes are concerned. And it is that a dye can renew a certain garment or give a completely different look. So here are some tips.

1 - Check the composition of your garment: Not all garments are susceptible to dye as not all fabrics absorb dye. >

The fibers that can be dyed are:

-lana (it is more advisable to dye by hand than to machine)

The more percentage of these fibers the garment has, the greater the intensity of the dye. At a lower percentage, the color will become clearer. This means that if in a single garment we have parts in different fabrics, by dyeing it can be in different shades and is something that you should keep in mind.

You should also know that dyeing a garment will not eliminate your stamped, it will only change the color, so you do not use to get rid of a print that you do not like but maybe to camouflage it a little.

To dye garments of thread or lace, it is advisable to submerge them for a few minutes in an infusion of previously cooled tea. After submerging it, remove it and allow it to dry horizontally. At a higher concentration of tea, more dye will then absorb the garment.

For tissues and fibers that can not be dyed:

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Another important thing to keep in mind is if it really pays to dye that garment. That is to say, if it is a garment that has only gone a little color, dyed it will look like new. But if the fabric is excessively worn, it may not make up for you.

However, you should keep in mind that it is advisable not to fill the washing machine completely but only to half of its capacity for the dye to make a better effect.

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Many dyes come with a product which is called "color fixative", which helps to better fix the dye to clothes. On the other hand, it is advisable to add salt to the washing machine or to dye by hand during the washing. Although there are brands that have their own dyeing salts, if you use kitchen salt it will also serve you.

3 - Prepare the garment for dyeing: If the garment is new, you should wash it at least once before dye it And if the garment is dirty, it is also advisable to wash it beforehand as the stain does not cover dirt stains. However, if you have a garment in which you have stains caused by bleach or similar products, the dye will cover these spots, but it may not be completely uniform if you dye directly. In the latter case it is advisable to decolour the garment previously.

To remove the original color from the garments, do the following:

a) Prepare a stainless steel metal container with warm water and pour the decolorant. Remove it very well and then put the clothes you want to dye.

b) Put the container on the fire and leave until it boils (half an hour). Meanwhile, twirl it with a large wooden spoon, constantly.

c) Afterwards let the clothes go cold and wash well and then dye them.

It is also advisable to remove accessories such as buttons, buckles, etc ... more than anything to prevent the garments from hooking each other and do not stain correctly. Although I will tell you that I never took away the buttons to the things that I dyed and always suited me.

You should also keep in mind that just as there are specific dyes to use in the washing machine, there are to dye by hand with water at different temperatures.

5 - Consequences of dyeing of clothes: Although in dyeing boxes ensure that, after dyeing, your clothes will not fade, it's not quite true. Depending on the fabric, you may not "eject" much dye when you wash it later, but it will always eject something, so you run the risk of smudging other garments. A good trick is that, after dyeing, leave it to soak in cold water with a little white vinegar.

However, even if it is only for precaution, it is good that either you usually wash the garment hand or wash all the garments of the same color together. There are also wipes that you put in the washing machine and whose objective is to absorb the possible transfer of color between the garments. I have never tried them, so I can not tell you if they work or not, but know that they exist.

Another element to keep in mind is that there are garments that may shrink slightly after dyeing because of temperature . So, read the indications of the garment well and take that factor into account.

Finally, after having dyed the clothes, if you have used the washing machine it will be necessary to "wash" the washing machine without clothes, you program a washing of the washing machine being empty so that, if there are residues of dye in the drum or in any other conduit, these will disappear definitively and you avoid the risk of accidentally staining your garments in the following washing.

  • Adam Floyd