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Stain Buster — Dye, All Colors except Red

dye

Dye transfer occurs when colours run in the wash or during drying, or when an item that has been overdyed rubs against another.

 

White fabric only

If bleach is safe for the fabric, mix a solution of 1/4 cup of bleach per gallon of cool water and soak for 30 minutes. Rinse, and then wash as usual.

 

White or colorfast fabric

Mix four gallons of the hottest water that's safe for the fabric with a packet of proprietary colour run remover. Be sure the remover is fully dissolved. Add the dye-stained item and soak, stirring occasionally, until unwanted colour is removed. Rinse thoroughly in warm water. For stubborn dyes, repeat treatment with the colour run remover, then wash as usual.

 

Upholstery

Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of cool water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution. Sponge with cool water and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge the stain with surgical spirit and blot to remove the stain. Let the stain air-dry, then sponge with cold water and blot until the liquid is absorbed.

If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of ammonia (warning: never mix bleach and ammonia – the resulting fumes are hazardous) with two cups of cool water. Sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution. Leave it for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

Carpet

Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears. Rinse with clear water and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge the stain with surgical spirit and blot to remove the stain. Let the stain air-dry then sponge with cold water and blot until the liquid is absorbed.

If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

Jeans: wash first

When it comes to transferring dye to other items, new denim jeans are a major offender. If the label says ‘wash before wearing’, do so.

 

 

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