Dyeing in a pot with Textile Dye expert

Dyeing in a pot is suitable for very delicate silk, wool*, and wool blends, which cannot be dyed in the washing machine or in a bowl. (*except for cashmere, mohair, and angora)

You can dye these textiles against the manufacturer’s advice at 60°C and above. Handle the textiles to be dyed gently and avoid sudden changes in temperature.

However, please note that when dyeing wool—as with washing wool—there is always the risk of shrinkage and felting.

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Application: How to dye in a pot

Wear rubber gloves.

Fill a large pot with 6 L of lukewarm water.

Stir in and dissolve the entire contents of the sachet.

Add around 300 ml of vinegar (or approximately 50 ml of 25% vinegar essence).

Fully immerse the clean fabric. Heat the dye bath on a medium heat while stirring gently until the fabric starts to absorb the colour.

It is helpful to use a sugar thermometer: it must read at least 60°C.

Maintain the temperature and continue to dye for around one hour. Stir gently and more frequently so that the dye is even.

Remove the pot from the hob and leave to cool while stirring occasionally.

While the dye bath is still lukewarm, carefully rinse the textiles in warm water.

Then wash separately at no higher than 40°C.

These fabrics can be dyed

simplicol Textile Dye expert is suitable for all textiles made from wool* and silk, as well as cotton, viscose, linen, and mixed fabrics. (*except for cashmere, mohair, and angora)

Mixed fabrics are textiles made from the above-mentioned natural fibres with a maximum of 50% polyester, polyamide, and polyacrylic content.

Textile quantity and colour depth

  • One packet of Textile Dye expert dyes approximately 300 g of fabric to the full shade (weigh dry fabric on kitchen scales if necessary).
  • This is equivalent to 1 skirt, 2 T-shirts, or 2 hand towels.
  • More laundry and mixed fabrics will result in a lighter tone.
  • The colour shown on the packaging is only produced if dyeing white textiles. Coloured fabric creates mixed shades.
  • For each dyeing process
    • use a maximum of three packets of Textile Dye expert.
    • and dye no more than 1,200 g (dry weight) of laundry at any one time.

Colour Fixative expert improves colour brilliance and makes the colour last longer.

Important information

  • The fabric must be clean and stain-free. Before dying, wash out any fabric softeners, finishes, and agents used to disinfect the laundry.
  • Patterns often remain visible after dyeing. Polyester stitching and zips do not absorb the colour.
  • Stains, faded spots, or bleach marks are sometimes not completely concealed by the dye.
  • Pure synthetics such as polyester, polyamide, and acrylic, as well as textiles with special finishes cannot be dyed.
  • In the unlikely event that residual dye remains on the machine and plastic components, you can wipe it off with a 5% to 10% solution of standard chlorine bleach.

Dyeing advice

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