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Thread: colors ran

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    colors ran

    help!!! Is there anything I can do to remove color that ran in a quilt I just finished. I didn't pre wash, but I did test every fabric in the quilt and they all seemed colorfast. I used a color-catcher when I washed it. Is there anything else I can do? Thanks ahead of time.
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    I can't help you, but I'm sure someone here can. Sorry you are having a problem.
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    Tell us what colors you used and which one ran and what color was affected by the runs.
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    Ouch! Sorry to hear that.

    Don't dry it - wash it again with a couple of color catchers. I think I've seen Oxy Clean recommended here, too. Another wash might help you get the bleed out or at least lighten it enough to make it acceptable.

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    If it has not dried, you can 'blot' the areas that ran with a damp fresh color catcher and it will pick up the unset dyes. Just blot the places where it ran, not the source of the run, and as it picks up the dye, switch to a clean part of the color catcher. It takes time, but it does work.
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    Wash it a couple of more times in a top loader with a couple of color catchers or Synthropol.

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    I use the Resolve Oxy Clean in the water - hubby managed to spill a red cough syrup all over his clothes while he was away on business so I was washing his shirts 4 days after it had dried into the fibers and it all came out without any hint of a spill

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    I've had luck with oxyclean even after it has been in the dryer

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    Rewash and use Sythropol. It will remove the excess dye that has migrated. But do not wait to do it the longer any dye sets the more it is likely to have permanent staining.

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    Prewash next time is my only suggestion.

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