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Clothing is Bleeding Onto Itself

January 17, 2021

Twenty-five years ago, I made a Christmas tree skirt with green/red plaid taffeta and red twill on other side, with expensive delicate white lace. I over watered the tree this year and the skirt got wet.

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The red twill bled onto the white lace. How do I get the red dye out of the white lace. I have used Oxyclean with peroxide so far. Waiting a little while before rinsing. Any other suggestions?

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January 17, 20210 found this helpful
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You can try Rit Dye/Color Remover. Take a look at this site: www.ritdye.com/.../
Follow the Rit instructions EXCEPT, only dip the lace part with the color that bled onto the lace, NOT the whole thing. Good luck.

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January 19, 20210 found this helpful
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It would be a lot of work, but you could also take the skirt apart, bleach the lace, then put the skirt back together.

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July 5, 2021

Unfortunately, I put my shirt in the wash last night and it looks like the blue has bled into the white stripe along the middle. The two photos show before and after.

Please can someone recommend how to restore the colours? This is a very sentimental shirt and I would massively appreciate any help!

A shirt that has the blue color bled into the white.
 
A blue shirt with a white section around the buttons.
 

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July 5, 20210 found this helpful
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How do you get color run out of clothes?

Take a white cloth and dampen it with a commercial stain remover, rubbing alcohol, hairspray, or any clear solvent that is 90% alcohol. Dab the stain with the white cloth repeatedly, and the dye should keep transferring from your garment onto the white cloth. Afterward, wash as usual with a couple SHOUT COLOR CATCHER SHEETS. Walmart sells a box of 72 sheets for just under $10.

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I always use them in any colored clothing loads. Good Luck.

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July 9, 20210 found this helpful
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This shirt will not turn back into the shirt you had before . There are different things to use to brighten or color the full shirt. You could try doing by sections with RIT color desolve on the white section. The color of the blue is the hardest to bring back.

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January 23, 2018

I have a burgundy and white jacket that when washed the white areas turned pink. I have tried washing with Oxiclean with no change. Do you know if I use the RIT color remover if the burgundy areas will be affected by the solution or not?

I used this product on material a very long time ago, but that shirt was solid color not multicolored. If it will affect the burgundy I will try some of the other solutions suggested on this site.

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January 23, 20180 found this helpful
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The color bleed onto the white in your jacket. This is a manufacture defect and shouldn't of happened if you followed the washing instructions carefully. I sure hope it doesn't say dry clean only. If it has washing instructions on the label and you did as it said, then I would contact the company and show them pictures of your jacket.

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I would ask for a replacement jacket or what they can do to correct this problem.

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November 17, 2019

I have a beige dress with a black lace. I washed it by hand, but left it for few minutes in the water. Black color transferred onto beige. Any tips to remove it?

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November 17, 20190 found this helpful
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Try the Rit Color Grabber. If this is a new item, consider taking it back to the store.

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November 18, 20190 found this helpful
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Most methods will suggest that you soak the clothes for 8 hours to remove the dye transfer but in your case I feel it would just transfer moer of the color to your dress. You can try to use a color stain remover on this.

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March 17, 2016

I have a silk shirt which is black and white stripe. On the label it said wash in cold water which I did and the black has run into the white. Is there anyway I can fix this?white shirt with black stripes

 

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March 17, 20160 found this helpful

A very easy online search for "color bleeding or dye transfer" produced many good ideas to remedy your problem. However, if the black continues to bleed, you may need to use the dye transfer process each time you wash the shirt. You can try a search yourself and this very helpful site:

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laundry.about.com/.../How-Do-I-Remove-Dye-Transfer-From...

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March 18, 20160 found this helpful

My shirt is silk and it says not to use on silk, also I live in
Australia and haven't heard of the product.

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March 19, 20160 found this helpful

Always try to keep receipts and buy from stores that allow returns in cases like this. You followed the rules, after all. Even if you were able to fix this somehow there's no guarantee it wouldn't happen again the next time you wash it.

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A shirt that isn't washable isn't usable, so get the store to reimburse you.

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May 7, 2011

I washed a white piece of clothing with red thread embroidery and all the red bled onto the white, so now it is a shade of pink. Another piece of clothing that I washed had a maroon lace, the clothing itself is a self-print light beige, and the maroon lace bled onto the shirt. So now there are light maroonish color stains below the lace. (I washed both clothes separately).

I wanted to know will the boiling water and bleach method work on these shirts or will it completely ruin my clothes? Any other suggestions?

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May 7, 20111 found this helpful

Boiling water could cause shrinkage. For the white shirt, you could take a q-tip and dip an end in bleach and dab the spots, it will be time consuming, but should work, then when you rinse the bleach out you will have to be careful that it doesn't run into the red, because you could end up with pink threads. Bleach will take the color out of anything colored. Whenever I have something colored that has a lighter color decoration or vice-versa, I use Shout brand Color Catcher sheets, found in the laundry department at stores.

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Whenever I have used these, I have had no problem with colors fading onto other things. I don't think they will work for correcting problems that a person has, but they sure work beforehand. My mother taught me when I was just a little girl to be really careful about colors that might run. back then that usually included washing items like that in cold water, by hand, then laying the item on a bath towel and rolling it up tightly to get the excess water out of it, then hanging it to dry.

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May 7, 20111 found this helpful

New clothes with dyes that bleed can be soaked in salt water then dried prior to washing, this prevents the dyes from running.

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May 7, 20110 found this helpful

My mother-in-law told me about soaking clothes in salt water, I have also heard about vinegar water, but never had any success with either one. Actually what I was told was that the soaking kept the clothes from fading, not from colors running into each other.

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May 8, 20110 found this helpful

Try washing the items by themselves with 2 or 3 Shout Color Catcher Sheets, available in the laundry aisle at the supermarket. This product has saved several garments for me.

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October 31, 2019

My daughter's 100% polyester cheer jacket is maroon on the bottom and white on the top. After washing in cold water, on the delicate cycle it looks pink where it should be crisp white. What is a mother to do? I have washed it with 2 color grabber sheets already.


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November 19, 2018

I have white dress with red stripes. I was washing it so the red colour bled on the white portion. How do I I make the white portion stay white?


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September 11, 2018

I mistakenly dropped my Arab jalaba into hot water and the brown part of it stained the cream colored part. Please how can I remove it?


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April 17, 2019

I washed my checkered pants in the wash without thinking about it and the black from my checkered pants bled into the white. Is there anyway I can get the white back to fully white?


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October 11, 2016

I have a white football jersey with blue strips on the sides and blue sleeves. I washed it and the blue bled onto the white making it baby blue. How do I return it to its original white color?


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Shout makes a color run remover. Its in the laundry aisle and does very good.

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April 3, 2016

I have washed my daughter's denim jacket which has a cream coloured fur collar. I followed the washing instructions to the letter, but as you can guess, the fur is now blue!

Please can anyone help? How can I restore the fur to its original creamy white colour?

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March 6, 2015

I have a top with red and green colors, but after washing the green color bled onto the red color. Now I can't wear it. Is there any solution to remove the green color from red color?

By Priya from India

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September 23, 2014

I have a black and orange top, the black has gone onto the orange when I washed it. How can I get it out?

By Marie P

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