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.