Can I recover colors with fabric dye?
The color restoration with textile color is quite possible. Frequent washing of dark colors such as black, dark blue and brown as well as intense sun exposure can cause the colors to fade over time.
A sachet of fabric dye and a tablespoon of salt are usually enough to refresh a load of laundry. The normal amount of 1 sachet per 250 grams of dry matter also applies to the rejuvenation process. 1 to 2 bags per 2-3 kg of cotton clothing are usually sufficient.
At Aybel you can choose from more than 50 colors. You will surely find the right color. For very specific colors, you can also mix our colors. Only for the color white is textile color not suitable. We recommend to use decolorizer for this.
When do I get my fabric dye?
Once the payment has been made, you will usually receive your textile dye by mail within three business days. Outside the EEC there can be some delay due to border control.
When you get your textile dye, depends mainly on the time of ordering and payment. In the following table you can see when you can expect the color:
Ordered and paid on:
Saturday, Sunday or Monday before 3 pm - In your mailbox on Tuesday or Wednesday
Tuesday before 3 pm - In your mailbox on Wednesday or Thursday
Wednesday before 3 pm - In your mailbox on Thursday or Friday
Thursday before 3 pm - In your mailbox on Friday or Saturday
Friday before 3 pm - In your mailbox on Saturday or Tuesday
I did not receive my fabric dye
If you have not received your fabric dye within 3 working days of placing your order, you can always contact us. We can quickly check if and when your order has been shipped.
Contact us by e-mailing Contact@aybel.nl.
How can I dye curtains?
Can you dye curtains with fabric dye?
If you want to change the color of your curtains or restore faded colors, you can color curtains with fabric dye.
Since curtains are usually large and heavy, a lot of color is needed. If the result is not satisfactory, it is very annoying and unfortunate.
Following you will find tips and tricks to avoid disappointment.
Case 1: Not all curtains can be dyed
The fabrics of some curtains contain polyester. Polyester can not be dyed with textile dye. This also applies to the yarn with which the fabric is sewn together. Because even in the yarn polyester can be included.
Please note that water-repellent cleaning products with which the curtains may have been treated may also influence the result of the dyeing.
Tip 1: Always follow the washing instructions.
Every apparel purchased commercially has a washing instructions label. Even curtains have such a label. Here you will find information about the washing temperature and the composition of the substance. Always check if polyester is included in your fabric. If it is made of 100% polyester, dyeing with textile dye is impossible. If only portions of polyester are in the fabric, then we advise against dyeing. Because in this case, everything, except the polyester content, would accept the textile dye and that is usually not the result of what you want.
Case 2: No washing instructions in curtains
Tailored curtains usually have no washing instructions. If you do not know which material your fabric is made of, then test it with a small piece of fabric first.
Tip 2: Take the test
Do not spend tens or even hundreds of euros on anything. First buy a pack of textile dye and test your fabric.
There are always seams in the curtains. For testing, cut a small piece of fabric from the curtains. A few inches are enough. The best way to do this is with the stitched ends. It would be an advantage if you use a piece with seam for testing, because you can see how the yarn reacts to the color.
Put a small amount of the dye in a glass or cup and add hot water to dissolve the powder. Now put the piece of cloth in the liquid. After about half an hour you take your sample out and rinse it off well. If you are satisfied with the result, you can buy the color you want for your curtains.
Tip 3: Multi-colour test
Different fabrics like cotton, silk and nylon all react differently in connection with textile dye. Important is the substrate. The use of light yellow color for your black fabric is something other than using black color for your light yellow fabric.
Therefore we recommend the test of several colors. Buy lighter and darker shades or mix your own colors. Even if you are not a Picasso - everything is allowed while experimenting.
To experiment you can fill several glasses or cups with different colors and mixtures. You never need much color, you can easily win 10 portions from a single bag.
It's fun to be creative. Just make sure you start with older garments...
Pitfall 3: Washing temperature too low
The ideal temperature for dyeing textiles is 90 ° C. Curtains can usually only be washed at 30 ° C or 40 ° C. Frequently, curtains can shrink during washing, even at low temperatures. It is difficult to achieve good results at low washing temperatures because the color can not adhere properly and thus often the fabrics become too pale.
TIP 3: Let the fabric dye rest for longer
If you dye at lower temperatures, it may happen that the colors are not dark enough. This can be easily seen by pulling the fabric out of the water. In the washing machine you can usually see through the window if the color of the fabric is the same as that of the water.
If the fabric stays light at a lower temperature, you can just leave it in the water longer. Sometimes even overnight. The coloring is only optimal if the fabric does not change further. A washing machine can usually be switched off during the coloring, so that the colors can work longer. Make sure that the fabric is well covered by the water and is occasionally moved.
Can I dye my bikini?
Whether you can dye your bikini or swimsuit with fabric dye depends on the fabric. This information can be found on the label of your swimwear. If your bikini is made of polyester or a highly water repellent material, the coloring will not work. For most other fabrics you should get good results. However, prints will always be visible and the stitching wont take on color.
To get an idea of the result, you can cut out a small piece of fabric (for example from a string or from the inside) and test it first in the fabric dye.
Color differences after dyeing with fabric dye
The result after dyeing is sometimes different than expected. The colors may appear different than on the website or the packaging. Read more about color differences after dyeing with textile dye.
The picture shows the result of two white cotton T-shirts dyed in the same color bath with the color Sea green. The lower T-shirt is much more blue whereas the upper one is blue only in the tied areas. There, the color could adhere less well.
All fabrics are different. Cotton reacts differently than silk, linen differently than wool etc. Even if we use the same color, the result can be quite different. There may be a difference as to whether or how a fabric was washed before dyeing. Detergents with water-repellent ingredients and bleach can definitely influence the result.
Almost every shade consists of several colors. The basic colors are red, blue and yellow. All other colors are secondary colors. These secondary colors consist of different primary colors.
For example, denim colors appear to be dark blue. However, reds are also found in it. The red with the blue gives jeans a purple undertone. Within shades of grey is often blue and within green is yellow.
When dyeing, the colors penetrate into the fibers of the fabric. If one substance absorbs one color more easily than another, color differences will result. Dark blue can turn purple, gray turns blue and green does not turn green enough.
To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you first test the colors on a small piece of the fabric to be dyed.
Incorrectly reverting colors are less easy. Too light colors are usually pretty good to restore, dark colors are trickier. In these cases, decolorization is important before dyeing.
Decolorization can be made with special products available at drugstores or online.
Bleaching can also be done with chlorine bleach, but keep in mind that you should always dilute it before using it on your fabrics. Chlorine affects the fibres if the concentration is too high.
The repeated washing of the fabrics, possibly with a dishwashing detergent helps to completely remove residues of the decolorizer from the fabric, which in turn facilitates the adhesion of the textile dye and makes recoloring easier.
For questions in specific situations we are always willing to advise on the best possible solution. Please send your question, together with pictures of the result and the label/ washing instructions of the fabric to Contact@aybel.nl.
How to fix fabric dye?
If you have bought a piece of clothing that you know will fade over time, you can avoid it with Aybel Fiske. Aybel Fiske is a professional fixer for new and self-dyed fabrics.
Add Aybel Fiske to the final rinse.
Click here to order Aybel Fiske and find out more information about how to use it.
How do I get fabric dye off my hands?
How do I get fabric dye off my hands? A question that sometimes comes when you finish dyeing your fabrics.
Fabric dye is made to adhere well and stay well. Unfortunately that can also be the case on skin. Water does not wash it off well, neither does soap.
But after just a few days, the harmless color on the skin wears off.
Nail polish remover or rubbing your hands with a coarse washcloth helps to clean your hands faster. In addition, there are professional ink cleaners that are used in printing companies.
Prevention is always possible! Protect your hands when coloring by wearing plastic gloves.
How can I mix fabric dye colors?
The color mixture with fabric dye is no different than with ordinary colors. Red and yellow fabric dye results in orange. Blue and yellow turns green, etc. The color combinations are endless. It takes creativity and patience to get the right results.
When mixing colors, always use caution. Take a large amount of water and start with a base color. It's best to start with the lightest color. To blend in green, start with yellow and then add a little bit of blue. Making a light color darker is easier than the other way round.
How much fabric dye is needed?
How much fabric dye you need depends on the weight of the fabric to be colored and on the material of the fabric. In addition, less fabric dye gives a lighter color then more fabric dye.
For Aybel Fabric Dye, the required amount of dye is about 1 sachet for 250 to 500 grams of dry fabric. Cotton is easier to dye than nylon.
The original color is also important. To freshen up a pair of faded washed dark blue pants with dark blue fabric dye is easier than turning white pants into a dark blue color.
The best advice is always to first test how the fabric dye works on your fabric. Use a little bit of the dye with a small piece of fabric. A small piece of fabric can usually be cut off from the inside or a loose cord.
Depending on the result you can use more or less fabric dye.