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Thread: HELP, Everything is RED

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    HELP, Everything is RED

    Okay ladies, I found my bottle of Retayne and proceeded to wash all my red fabric. EVERYTHING is red, even the little white design on a few pieces. What do I do now? Rewash and throw in a couple of color catchers or do these pieces go in the trash.
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    Did you follow the instructions?
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    Yep, followed the instructions, even read them twice. Fill tub w/hot water, add 1 tsp. of Retayne per yard of fabric, add fabric and wash for 20 minutes.
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    Retayne sets the color. It's meant to be used on solid fabrics, not on prints, although I don't know whether that particular bit of information is stated in the directions. I don't think there's anything that will remove the red.

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    Don't dry it! That'll set the color more than it already is.

    You can try Synthropol, and/or just wash, wash, wash, wash, wash the piece(s) that have the bleeds and see if that helps. If the dye came loose once, there's a chance it'll do it again! Definitely try rewashing a few times before throwing it away - it can't hurt! The Retayne might have set it for good but you won't know unless you try - you might get lucky.

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    The Retayne will be removed if you wash it again in warm to hot water.. and yes use syntropol to get out the dye that settled in white areas.

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    Retayne is removed in hot water, so you should be able to wash again with Synthrapol (which uses hot water) to remove the unwanted dye.

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    Do you have a top loader or front loader? Need to treat fabric in a bucket or laundry tub because there's not enough water in a front loader.
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    I don't have any Synthropol. I'm on my 4th washing and a 1/2 box of color catchers. Some of the red did come out of the white but not all. Whatever I end up with after this washing is what I'll have to deal with. I think I found one of the culprits which I removed, but no matter what, I'm done.

    Thanks for all the suggestions.
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    Synthropol is meant to release excess dyes in hand dyed fabric. Retayne is for commercially dyed fabric.

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