Can dyed clothing be tumble-dried and ironed?
Yes. You can continue to tumble-dry and iron your dyed textiles according to the care label.
What do I need to know if I want to properly dye my clothing?
Before dyeing, you need to consider three things: The type of fabric (e.g. cotton or silk), The dye temperature (the maximum temperature at which your textile can be washed), The amount of fabric (so you know how much textile dye to use
How much does a pair of trousers, a pair of jeans, a hand towel, or a bath towel weigh?
You can determine the exact weight of textiles using a kitchen scale. To do this, weigh the textiles when dry.
Which simplicol textile dye should I use?
To redye, refresh, and recolour easily, we recommend our Textile Dye intensive. Simply use it in the washing machine. For creative dyeing, there is Textile Dye expert. It can be used in a washing machine, bowl, or pot. Textile Dye expert can also be used to dye wool and silk. To refresh black and blue textiles in particular, there are the colour […]
Does dyeing damage the washing machine?
No. Dyeing does not damage the washing machine at all. Any residual dye is removed from the washing machine when the textile is first rewashed. In rare instances, the rubber seals, for example, may become slightly stained during the dyeing process. However, this stain is not transferred to subsequent wash cycles. You can easily remove […]
Does any residual dye remain in the machine? Will any residual dye be transferred to subsequent wash cycles?
No. This is nothing to worry about because the dyeing process includes a thorough rinsing and washing of the dyed textile and therefore also of the machine. In the unlikely event that the machine and its plastic components become slightly stained, you can easily wipe them off with a 5% to 10% solution of standard […]
What temperature do I use when dyeing?
It depends on the simplicol dye series that you have selected and the maximum temperature at which your textile can be washed. With the Textile Dye intensive and the Back-to… products, dyeing is done at 40°C. With the Textile Dye expert, dyeing is done at 60°C. Exceptions: wool and machine-washable silk can be treated against […]
How do I dye textiles in the washing machine?
Dyeing textiles in the washing machine is particularly easy and clean. With the simplicol dye series, you put the dye directly into the drum with the textiles. After dyeing, the textiles are rewashed once more—which cleans the washing machine too. Find the instructions for dyeing textiles in the washing machine here: Textile Dye intensive Textile […]
How do I dye in a bowl or bucket?
When dyeing in a bowl or bucket you must wear rubber gloves. Here’s what you do: Heat 6 L of water to at least 60°C (60°C = 4 L of boiling + 2 L of cold water) and pour into a plastic bowl or bucket. Next, dissolve the simplicol textile dye in the water. When […]
When should I dye in the washing machine and when should I use a bucket, bowl, or pot?
Use our Textile Dye intensive and the Back-to… products for colour renewal in the washing machine. simplicol Textile Dye expert is suitable for dyeing in the washing machine, in a bowl or bucket, and in a pot. A bowl is particularly useful for creative dyeing, as it is easy to work with more than one colour or use dip-dyeing techniques. Go to the idea […]
I cannot find a particular colour in the shops. Where else can I buy it?
You can easily order all simplicol textile dyes from our online shop
Can I mix textile dyes to create a new colour shade?
Yes, you can mix products to create your desired shade. To do this, only use dyes from a single series; that is to say, only combine dyes in the Textile Dye intensive range or dyes in the Textile Dye expert range. . Our colour mixer shows how the dying results might appear. How to mix Textile Dye […]
Can I use the different simplicol dye series together?
No, under no circumstances will this work. The different types of colourant interfere with each other, so the dye may be very blotchy.
Are there any materials that cannot be dyed using simplicol textile dyes?
Yes. These are called non-dyeable fibres. They include: Polyester, polyacrylic, and polyamide Stitching and zips made from these materials It is also impossible to dye Microfibres such as GORE-TEX and Sympatex Textiles with down filling or Scotchgard finish Non-washable, PU-coated fabrics Heavily worn clothing Used-look jeans
Can I safely wash light-coloured items after dyeing with dark colours?
Yes. After dyeing, you wash the textile with detergent, which also cleans the washing machine. Any residue is then removed from the machine.
How long does the textile dye last?
To answer this question, a distinction must be made between the three dye series. simplicol Textile Dye intensive and the Back-to… products behave like high-quality new textiles. Your colours stay brilliant for longer if you use a colour detergent and avoid bleaching detergents (e.g. general-purpose detergents). We recommend washing with similar colours. Textile Dye expert […]
Do dyed textiles transfer their dye to other items in the laundry?
Dyed textiles behave just like purchased coloured textiles in the laundry. Clothing dyed using Textile Dye intensive or the Back-to… products should be washed with similar colours. Textiles that have been dyed using Textile Dye expert should be washed separately.
Which simplicol textile dye should I use for which fabric?
All simplicol textile dyes can be used to dye cotton, viscose, linen, and mixed fabrics. Textile Dye expert can also be used to dye wool and silk.
Can I dye jeans? Will the typical appearance of jeans be retained?
Yes and no. Dyeing jeans works very well. However, the typical appearance of washed jeans will not be retained. You can achieve very good results when refreshing solid black or dark blue jeans. Our Back-to… colour renewal products are particularly easy to use and are designed for this purpose. Coloured or white jeans can be […]
Can I redye coloured fabric with a different colour?
Yes, if you follow the rule of thumb that you can only dye clothes darker. For example, if you dye yellow fabric using a blue dye, you create a shade of green. In contrast, if you dye blue fabric using a yellow dye, the blue will remain almost unchanged because the much lighter yellow will […]
Can I redye patterned fabric?
Patterns are usually retained when redyeing, because textile dyes are transparent, rather than opaque. This often looks very attractive. In this example, a light pink dress with red flowers was dyed blue: The strong blue penetrates well into the light pink. The strong red flowers mix with the blue to create a shade of violet. […]
I would like to redye bedding and hand towels. What colour should I use?
Ideally, bedding and hand towels should be washed at hot temperatures. We therefore recommend that you use our simplicol Textile Dye intensive. After dyeing (at 40°C), the dyed textiles are colourfast up to 95°C. They can therefore be washed at hotter temperatures than normal coloured laundry, for which manufacturers usually recommend only 60°C.
What should I be aware of when dyeing flannelette bedding or terry cloth?
Are your hand towels and bedding made from flannelette or terry cloth? If so, you can dye up to 800 g (dry weight) of fabric in one drum load (the dye may be blotchy if more fabric is added).
Can I dye polyester, polyacrylic, or polyamide, such as a wedding dress?
Polyacrylic, polyester, and polyamide cannot be dyed using household dyes. However, it is possible to dye a mixture of these (maximum 50%) and dyeable fibres. The resulting shade on mixed fabrics is lighter.
How do I dye wool and silk?
Wool and silk can be dyed with the textile dye expert. Colour brilliance and durability of the colouring can be increased with Farb-Fixierer expert.
Dyeing woollen clothing
We recommend that you only dye woollen clothing (e.g. sweaters or cardigans) in a pot. This way, you can reach the required 60°C dye temperature while avoiding the fluctuations in temperature that cause wool to felt. However, please note: when dyeing wool, shrinkage or felting cannot be ruled out entirely (as when washing wool). Luxury wools such […]
Dyeing balls of wool, knitting yarn
You can achieve beautiful effects using knitting yarn that you have dyed yourself. For example, dip a ball of wool up to halfway into your desired colour. If you then use the wool for knitting, you can create stylish and unique colour gradients. Knitting yarn can be dyed in a pot or in a bowl. […]
You can dye machine-washable silk in the washing machine or in a bowl. Incidentally, this can be done irrespective of the temperature specification on the care label. Even a silk item that has to be washed at 30°C can be dyed at 60°C. However, the silk textile should only be spun very gently or preferably not […]
Can I dye cashmere, angora, and merino wool?
We advise against dyeing very delicate types of wool. There is a very high risk of shrinkage or felting. However, you can dye wool and wool blends in a pot with simplicol Textile Dye expert. More information is available here.
Can down or microfibre clothing be dyed?
No. Unfortunately, down-filled or microfibre clothing cannot be dyed with household dyes.
I would like to do batik. Which simplicol dye should I use?
We recommend simplicol Textile Dye expert for batik, as this dye can be used in a bowl. After applying the additional fixative, your batik clothing is colourfast up to 40°C. If you want to do batik in the washing machine, you can also use Textile Dye intensive. Find out more here. Creative techniques Dyeing in […]
Do I have to add fixative when dyeing?
No, this is unnecessary. Both Textile Dye intensive and the all-in-1 colour renewal products in the Back-to… range already contain a fixative. You can supplement Textile Dye expert with Colour Fixative expert, as it improves the colour brilliance and durability.
How do I use the fixative for Textile Dye expert?
simplicol Colour Fixative expert improves the colour brilliance and durability of simplicol Textile Dye expert. You can use it in the washing machine or in a bowl. Simultaneous dyeing and fixing in the machine Simply add the fixative to the softener compartment of the washing machine when dyeing. Subsequent fixing when dyeing in a bowl […]
Can I dye clothing that has been discoloured by a detergent that contains chlorine, or by hair or other bleach?
Without pre-treatment, blotches will still be visible even after dyeing. Our advice is to first remove all colour evenly from the textile and then redye it. You can use HEITMANN Power Decolouriser HEITMANN Power Decolouriser extra strong to do this.
Can I apply simplicol dyes with a paintbrush or spray them on?
Unfortunately, this will not work because the dyes only react with the additives and adhere to the fabric when dissolved together. Find ways in which you can be creative with simplicol textile dyes over here.
Why does my dyed item not match the colour shade on the packaging?
Many factors may cause the dyed item of clothing to differ in colour shade from the packaging or appear darker or lighter than expected. You have dyed a coloured fabric The colours shown on the packaging are only produced when dyeing white textiles. If coloured textiles are dyed, the result is a mixed shade because […]
Why is my dyed textile blotchy?
Several factors might cause the dye to be blotchy. There was too much fabric in the washing machine Never dye more than 1,200 g (dry weight) of fabric at any one time. For bulky materials, such as terry cloth or flannelette, this should be reduced to 800 g. The fabric contains finishes such as fabric […]
During dyeing, the stitching did not absorb the colour. It remained white. Why is this?
The thread used for stitching is usually synthetic, such as polyester. Unfortunately, these synthetic fibres do not absorb textile dyes.
How can I remove simplicol dye from my hands?
You can remove dye from your hands using our HEITMANN Power Decolouriser. Make a solution with the decolouriser that is as hot as reasonably tolerable, and wash your hands in it. Then wash your hands thoroughly and apply cream.
My washing machine is discoloured after dying. What can I do about it?
In very rare cases, the plastic and rubber parts of the washing machine may become slightly stained. If this occurs, simply wipe off the stain with a 5% to 10% solution of chlorine bleach. And, if the slight staining does not cause you any concern, you can rest assured that no colour will be transferred […]
The original colour of the new textile I have bought bleeds. Can I fix it using the Colour Fixative expert?
Unfortunately it is not possible to fix the original colour of clothing to the fabric using simplicol Colour Fixative expert. The fixative is specifically designed for Textile Dye expert and can only be used with this product. Sadly, we are not aware of any product that can fix bleeding clothing.
Can the waste water containing the dye be drained into a biological treatment plant?
If the water drains into a biological treatment plant, we advise against dyeing, as the dye additives may disturb the ecological balance of the biological treatment plant.
Are textile dyes harmful to health? And is textile dyeing environmentally friendly?
Now and then, there are stories in the press about textiles containing harmful colourants that end up on the market. These are often cheap imported textiles. simplicol only uses quality dyes that are checked on an ongoing basis. Fabrics dyed with simplicol are dermatologically safe. From an environmental perspective, it is worth redyeing or refreshing textiles that […]