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used 8 color catchers and still have dye bleed

Old 02-18-2012, 08:13 PM
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Default used 8 color catchers and still have dye bleed

Help! What do I do now???

Red onto white=pink

Ok, I was afraid this would happen, so I used 8, and It ran soooo bad I have pink blocks, is there a remedy???

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Old 02-18-2012, 08:53 PM
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have you dried it? if it is still wet, throw it in with some retayne..it MIGHT help, then wash with color catchers again..if not...I can not bring myself to say to what the outcome might be!
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:56 PM
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Oh no, I would do as Jackie suggested, hope everthing turns out ok.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:59 PM
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that is aways my fear of red I prewash and prewash and if it still bleeds i don't use it with anything light. I wish there was a easy answer but you may have to live with pink. I hate to admit it but i learned the hard way i ended up putting my bag,, (TG it was not a quilt) in some bleach water now my white was light pink and my red was pink but i liked it better it looked like I did it on purpose
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I am so sorry your color catchers failed. I have no remedy to offer. Please tell us what brand you used.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:18 PM
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Well I have not dried it in the dryer, its still wet, and just hung it up hoping someone knew of a great idea. of course its saturday and LQS will be closed tommorrow, if they have anything to help.

The color catchers didnt really fail, maybe i needed more??? they are all pink too! Im so stupid, I put burgandy minky on the Back. The good thing is - it was for ME. The bad thing was I really liked it
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Color caters are NOT designed to stop the bleeding, they just catch the color that bleeds out. Retyane SETS the color to stop bleeding, read the label carefully before you start. The water must be hot. After using it there are special washing requirments, cold water. Good luck. Hope you get the pink out.
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I wouldn't use Retayne on something that has already picked up a dye. It'll set that dye!! Use Synthropol. It keeps loose dye from setting in other fabrics. Just make sure you wash it with a lot of water.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:39 PM
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Scissor Queen is correct. You do *not* want to use Retayne at this point, as it will permanently set any bleeds. You want to use Synthrapol with lots of hot water. Domestic front loading washing machines do not have any water for this process to work. It may take several washings with Synthrapol to remove all the bleeds.

Retayne permanently sets dye. Synthrapol suspends unset dye particles in water so they can be rinsed away instead of settling into fabric.

I never rely only on color catchers for a first wash. Washing in Synthrapol with lots of water would likely have prevented this problem in the first place.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:34 AM
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reds need to be pre-washws-before teaming with whites! and washed until no more color runs- some reds never stop-until they are pink- you do not say what kind of fabric it is---batiks and handdyes tend to run the most when it comes to reds-sometimes it is just fugative dye---(excess that was not rinsed out well enough) sometimes it is just they dye and unfortunately will never stop until it is gone-sorry you waited and used it before finding out you had a bleeder- you should always prewash reds- and at least color check other darks retayne may help= synthropol will wash away the excess dye-and keep it from getting on other fabrics- it keeps the dye in the water- and does not let it adhere to the other fabrics in the water- so it may help get the pink out of your whites.
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