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Thread: Do you know anything about crocking?

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    Do you know anything about crocking?

    DH got some new blue jeans that I washed and dried. The dryer came out blue.
    I thought there was a bleeding problem so I washed them again with some Shout
    color catchers but they came out white. So I did a crocking test and rubbed a
    piece of white fabric on the jeans and there it was...all blue. Now what to do?
    I read that Retayne and Sythrapol won't help. Any ideas? I'm afraid everything
    is going to turn blue wherever he sits. Argh.

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    How did you wash the jeans? Sometimes putting vinegar in the rinse water will set the dye, but that is only idea I know about. If that doesn't work I'd take them back to the store and complain.
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    I have never had jeans do that. I would take them back to the store

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    I have had jeans do that before. I think I ended up washing them about 4-5 times before I wore them.

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    Unfortunately I've already cut and hemmed them to fit. I tried washing/soaking in vinegar
    but that doesn't seem to help. Yeah I think we'll just have to resort to several washes.
    Now we know why they were so cheap (for here). LOL

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    While you've read that Retayne won't help ... I'd still give it a try!!
    What we read, is not always correct ... for all it would cost, it'd sure be worth trying.

    Years ago I had a pair like that ... and I would wear them, and my arms turned blue from rubbing on them. Luckily after a few washings, it stopped.
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    I thought crocking was for pickles?
    every cloud has a silver lining but sometimes it is hard to get to the mint

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    Are they Wrangler's by chance--DH bought a couple pair and I tried every thing vinegar - retayne- a gallon of bleach-my SIL tye dyes and I tried soda ash /ash soda =this is pretty close to what I used= I boiled these jeans for hours. They still faded. But the weird thing about it was the jeans never got any lighter in color After all this I did get a bit of an attitude I took the jeans back to the Sears store to lodge a complaint with the receipt - I told them what all I had done to try to stop the bleeding. To my surprise they gave me double the amount that he had spent. Plus a $25 gift card for their store.I was in shock that they did this after all the torture these jeans suffered.It was something about a dye vat malfunction. Take them back whether you cut them or not ..

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    I have a pair of denim capris like that. They weren't cheap. I haven't noticed them bleed in furniture but by the end of the day my finget tips and nails look dirty. they are all blue. Not sure what will work. I have an older pair of jeans, several years that do the same thing.

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    If there is that much dye, I would be careful wearing them. If you have the slightest open wound you could get an infection. I wouldn't let him wear them until there was no more dye. Did you wash them in warm water? Since you have already washed and dried them, I would wash them again in warm water and add a 1/2 cup of ammonia to them. I had to wash some fabric from an estate sale and couldn't get the smell out (cedar and musty). Friend of mine and internet suggested Arm and Hammer laundry soap and ammonia and also vinegar. it got rid of the years of cedar and they happened to be smokers and wore a lot of men and women's cologne.

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    The more you wash them in hot water the less they will run....A few more washings should aleviate your problem...

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    Wash them with a cup of salt. It will set the dye. There was another post on here about this process. http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...r-t220663.html Good luck.

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    I found out about crocking the hard way, I was given for a charity quilt a red duvet for the back, I now have a pale pink bed on my brand new elna, not happy.

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    I'm retired RN and one late summer night I was working the ER and two teenage girls were brought in by their parents demanding a drug test because their daughters hands were blue. The doc noticed they had on fancy jeans that appeared to be new. He asked them what they had done that evening. They had been to a friend's house for a BBQ and when they got home their hands were blue. The doc then asked what they had to drink and they replied cokes. He then asked if they their drinks were in a cup or can or bottle and they replied a can. He asked what they did when their drinks began to sweat and they replied that they had wiped their hands on the legs of their jeans. The parents were so surprised at his questions and a little put out as well. I explained that we saw this several times a year because the girls were wiping their wet hands on the jeans they were turning blue. The girls had not noticed it at the friends house because they were outside on the patio at dusk with very little light. I did commend the parents for their diligence in making sure their girls were drug free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK View Post
    I found out about crocking the hard way, I was given for a charity quilt a red duvet for the back, I now have a pale pink bed on my brand new elna, not happy.
    BUMMER!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    DH got some new blue jeans that I washed and dried. The dryer came out blue.
    I thought there was a bleeding problem so I washed them again with some Shout
    color catchers but they came out white. So I did a crocking test and rubbed a
    piece of white fabric on the jeans and there it was...all blue. Now what to do?
    I read that Retayne and Sythrapol won't help. Any ideas? I'm afraid everything
    is going to turn blue wherever he sits. Argh.
    Bleeding is a problem and I will wash all my material before using it now. I did "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" Put the design on with transferese, when soaking that off in cold water my embroidery thread bled. I tried various things which helped some. then I thought "OxiClean" This improved it much. So now I will finish that project.
    So perhaps OxiClean would help. I use it for many things.
    Janice

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    I use to soak jeans and other fabric in salt water to set the color but have not had to do that in years.

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    Try a cup of kosher salt in the wash...works for me., Learned this trick years ago from a home ec teacher. Just had the opportunity to use it last night...I made a red and white quilt...prewashed it, made the quilt, gave it to DD. then some time later used the same fabric to make a valentines mug rug and it bled when i ironed it...she called last night and said GS peed on the quilt and how to wash it....I feared the worse and told her chances were good it would turn pink. But she used the salt, then gave it an extra rinse and it came out great.

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    Indigo dye is a different kind of dye it is a natural dye. It does not really ever permanently set like other dyes. If it did set like other dyes , our jeans would not fade they way they do... much different from other dyed fabrics. Ever wonder why the knees and wrinkled area around the crotch get those faded lines... its the color coming off from friction.
    A few years back I had professional movers , and they( the moving company) forbid the movers from wearing jeans , because if they rubbed up against white walls color could come off onto the walls.

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