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Thread: Got a real BLEEDER!

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    Yesterday I was given a large sack of fabrics to use for a charity. The first two loads through the washer came out fine, but the third load :roll: :x ...
    A beautiful woven stripe, mostly red with white patterned stripes and single threads of black had turned the water redder than raspberry jello within seconds! After the second rinse, I pulled it out and re-rinsed the other fabrics in the load. Only two seem to have been stained. (They were probably touching the bleeder when it first got wet.)
    What's the best treatment to make this fabric usable? Even the clothespins are stained!

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    Throw it away!
    Sorry seems more hassle than it's worth.
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    Retayne will set the dye

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    Will the Retyane take out the stains that have already bled?

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    No, but wash it again and use a color catcher in the load and it will pick up the loose dye particles.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sunflower Girl
    Will the Retyane take out the stains that have already bled?

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    Don't know that I would ever trust it.

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    i'd let that fabric go it would be terrible for the person receiving the gift to have it ruined in the first washing.

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    Thanks, auntmag for the suggestion of using a color catcher -- I forgot about them!

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    I would also soak it and wash it in HOT water on the heaviest cycle the washer has. By itself, of course. Dry in a HOT dryer. Then wash again with a color catcher. You will know by looking at the color catcher if it is still bleeding.

    As we know from our regular laundry, heat sets stains. I find it also helps to set some of this dye.

    It can't hurt it.

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    LOL, I thought you cut yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad its just the fabric!

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    My goodness I was thinking the same. Glad it was the fabric!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunflower Girl
    Will the Retyane take out the stains that have already bled?
    For the already stained fabric, use Synthrapol. It may take several washings with Synthrapol in hot water to get out all of the displaced dye.

    Retayne permanently sets dye in fabric, so that is why you use it on the fabric that is doing the bleeding. It usually works the first time around, but you still have to test the fabric. Some fabrics will need the Retayne treatment twice to become colorfast.

    Once you have an unwanted bleed in the fabric, it's Synthrapol you want to use. Synthrapol is also what I use when washing a quilt for the first time, as it will suspend any unset dye particles in the water to be rinsed away instead of settling into other fabric.

    There are two different reasons why a fabric can bleed. One is simply excess dye in the fabric. Fibers can absorb only so much dye; if the factory has not rinsed the fabric sufficiently, the extra dye will come out in the wash water. The more serious reason for fabric bleeding is when the factory has not properly set the dye with chemicals. When the bleeding continues past the first washing, it is because the dyes were not set properly; that's why you need to use Retayne.

    You *never* want to use Retayne on a finished quilt; if you happen to have a bleeder in the quilt, Retayne will permanently set bleeds into the other fabrics.

    If you have a bleeding fabric in which the dye was never set properly, then merely washing several times with color catchers probably won't stop the bleeding. The fabric will simply continue to bleed and fade in color with each wash.

    Color catchers attract dye particles that are loose in the water so the dye particles don't have a chance to settle in fabric. They are fine as extra insurance when I wash a quilt for the first time in Synthrapol, but I don't rely on them exclusively.

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    I have used those color catchers and was not impressed with the results.

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    I've had good luck removing the bleed by soaking in Oxyclean if the item hasn't been in the dryer. If the bleeding continues, I wouldn't use the fabric.

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    I use color catchers when I wash fabric no matter what colors.

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    i would use it for a wallhanging or something that will not need to be laundered later...a craft item- a tote, purse...i NEVER toss out fabric but some are just not dyed well and the bleeding will not stop until the dye is gone...so best to save these for projects that will not be (wet) later

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    I'm learning a lot from this post!!! Hope some of these suggestions solve this problem!

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    I would cut my losses and toss the bleeder and the tinted fabrics.

    Congrats on receiving them, but it seems to me you'll spend more money than it's worth to bring the fabric(s) back to life and you'll never really know what will happen with them next.

    It's almost St. Paddy's day, and there's another 0'pot-o-gold waiting for you to find it!

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    Glad no one was hurt.
    Fabric is another story.

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    Retayne sets color! Synthropol lifts colors out. color catchers are good and Oxy clean too. no dryer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting cat
    Yesterday I was given a large sack of fabrics to use for a charity. The first two loads through the washer came out fine, but the third load :roll: :x ...
    A beautiful woven stripe, mostly red with white patterned stripes and single threads of black had turned the water redder than raspberry jello within seconds! After the second rinse, I pulled it out and re-rinsed the other fabrics in the load. Only two seem to have been stained. (They were probably touching the bleeder when it first got wet.)
    What's the best treatment to make this fabric usable? Even the clothespins are stained!
    Retaine

    :thumbup:

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    lol, I thought this too. I almost didn't read it cause I didn't want to read about how bad someone cut themselves. Glad it wasn't that bad.

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    I love color catchers. Use them with all fabrics and also in regular wash with colors.

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    if it bleeds that much, the fabric might be a blend or all synthetic and the dye won't set no matter what you do..best to toss it out!

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    Retayne won't work if you have already dried this fabric!

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