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Dye stains, Dye transfer

Always read and follow the care instructions and any warnings on the clothing label

Dye stains (Including Mustard, Red clay, Grass and Curry) can be very difficult to remove.

Soak the entire garment in a dilute solution of all-fabric Oxygen bleach.

Check the garment Care symbols and check for colour-fastness first. And, be aware that during soaking all colours may be lightened.

If the stain remains and the garment is colour fast, soak the entire garment in a dilute solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water. Again, test for colour-fastness first.



Chlorine bleach may change the colour of the garment or cause irreversible damage. Therefore, it is important to check for colour fastness before using. If the stain does not come out within 15 minutes of bleaching, it cannot be removed by bleaching, and any further exposure to bleach will weaken the fabric.



To check for colour fastness to liquid chlorine bleach, mix 1 tablespoon of bleach with 1/4 cup of water. Use an eyedropper to put a drop of this solution on a hidden seam or pocket edge inside the garment. Let it stand two minute, then blot dry. If there is no colour change it is safe to use the product. Oxygen bleach has directions for doing colour-fastness tests.

There are also a number of dye removers / strippers, which are available in Super markets.

However, colour removers will also take out fabric colours as well as the stain.



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