Here at MWS we get asked a lot of questions about fabric dyeing every day. We pride ourselves on not only being able to answer your questions but going above and beyond helping you through your projects. We thought addressing some of our most asked questions would answer something you too may have wanted to ask.
Fabric Dyeing-Most Asked Questions: Will Dye Cover bleach and other Stains?
Sadly the answer is almost always NO, but we will fill you in on some possible solutions.
Let’s start with bleach stains: Bleach actually damages fabric, making it very difficult to dye. If you still want to try and dye the garment, you could try using Rit Color Remover on the garment before dyeing. This will reduce the overall color bringing it to an off-white or cream color. Then re-dye the item. Rit color remover should also be used first on items that have faded areas. The good news is there is nothing in Rit Dye that can in any way further weaken, harm or deteriorate any textile fiber.
How about dyeing over stains? Dye will not cover stains, so your mission is to remove that stain first. Try Rit Super Stain Remover. It is a concentrated pre-treatment liquid that removes grease and oil-based stains. It is also effective on ketchup, chocolate and mustard stains from white and colorfast fabrics.
Dye will not cover perspiration or deodorant stains on white clothes. But you can try using the color remover or stain remover on the fabric as well.
Fabric Dyeing-Most Asked Questions: Can you dye polyester?
The answer is Yes! Rit has a synthetic dye, Dye More which will work for washable fabrics made of polyester, acetate and acrylic. Rit Dye More will not dye metallic fabrics.
We do sell several brands of dye at MWS. Of course, Rit Dye has been in business for over a hundred years and remains our best seller.
Other popular brands of dye that we sell include Jacquard iDye for natural fabrics and iDye Poly for synthetics. Like Rit, the Jacquard iDye is a hot water dye; however, iDye comes in a dissolvable packet so there is no mess. The Jacquard iDye brand also offers a color remover and a color fixative to help dyed fabric retain its intensity over time.
If you really want a cold water dye for backyard tie-dye with your children, then Jacquard Procion MX is the one. Considered the “undisputed King of backyard dyeing, batik and tie-die,” Jacquard Procion MX dye is fixed chemically instead of with heat.
In addition to Procion MX and iDye, we also carry the following dyes from Jacquard. Jacquard Hot Water Acid Dye achieves brilliant colors when dyeing on silk. Jacquard Basic Dye is a good choice for hard to dye materials. We hope that has helped you with one of our most asked questions. Every month we’ll address others; meanwhile, come in the store or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.