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The Rit Studio: Stovetop Technique

How to Use Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative

Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative doubles the amount of color retention in fabrics such as cotton, linen, rayon, ramie, jute and hemp, which have been dyed with Rit Dye. For best results, use immediately after dyeing, before rinsing and laundering. Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative can be used when dyeing in the washing machine, sink or stovetop. It can also be sprayed directly onto fabric for many craft and DIY applications.

Commercially dyed items can also be treated with Dye Fixative before laundering for the first time. Previously hand-dyed items can also be treated with Dye Fixative before laundering; however, the results may not be as apparent or long-lasting as when Dye Fixative is used immediately after dyeing.

Prep, dye and clean up time: 1 hour

You’ll Need

  • Dyed Item(s)
  • Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative
  • Spray trigger, optional
  • Washing Machine
  • 3-gallon bucket, storage container or cook pot
  • Metal tongs or a large metal spoon
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic wrap
  • Microwave-safe container, optional
  • Paper towels
  • Old towel
  • Plastic table cover

Step by Step

Sink or Stovetop Method

  1. Fill bucket, storage container or cook pot with 3 gallons of hot water.

  2. Add 4 tablespoons Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative for every ½ to ¾ pounds of dry weight fabric (about 2 yards or an average-size t-shirt). Stir well with large spoon.

  3. Wearing rubber gloves, immerse unfolded dyed fabric or item in the dye fixative solution; stir constantly for 20 minutes.

  4. Rinse in cold water. Then machine wash or hand wash in warm soapy water and rinse again. Wrap in old towel to remove excess moisture. Hang or machine dry.

  5. Clean container with hot water and cleanser.

Spray Method for Dip-Dyed Ombre Garments & Small Craft Projects

  1. Screw the spray trigger onto the top of the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative bottle.

  2. Wearing rubber gloves, hang or lay dyed item flat on a work surface protected with a plastic cover. Spray item liberally with fixative.

  3. Allow to set for 20 minutes. Then use one of the following methods:
    For small items, place in a microwave-safe bowl. Saturate 2 layers of paper towels with water and place over bowl. Do not let paper towels touch fabric or bleeding will occur. Run microwave on full power for 30 seconds. Check fabric to make sure no scorching has occurred (do not put metal items in the microwave). Run microwave again for another 30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave. Fabric will be nearly dry. Allow fabric to dry fully. Rinse in cool water. Then wash in warm soapy water, rinse and dry.

    For larger items that will not fit in a container, wrap item in plastic and seal the edges. If necessary, fold item and place in microwave as directed in the step above.

    For dip-dyed garments, let items hang for 20 minutes or longer. Rinse in cold water until water runs clear. Then wash in warm soapy water, rinse and dry.

Top-Loading Washing Machine:

  1. Select water level suitable for load size. Fill machine with the hottest water safe for fabric.

  2. Add 4 tablespoons Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative for every ½ to ¾ pounds of dry weight fabric (about 2 yards or an average-size t-shirt). Agitate to mix.

  3. Wearing rubber gloves, add unfolded fabric or item that has been dyed, but not yet rinsed. Note: If dyeing has been done in the washing machine, stop cycle before rinsing begins. Restart machine with a hot wash cycle, and add Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative.

  4. Set washer for extended wash cycle (about 20 minutes).

  5. Once complete, wash item with detergent and an old towel to absorb excess dye on a normal wash cycle.

  6. Clean machine immediately with hot water and detergent, using complete cycle. Clean lint traps; wipe spilled fixative with cleanser and water.

Front-Loading Washing Machine:

  1. Wearing rubber gloves, shake out dyed item to remove wrinkles. Place item in the washer.

  2. Select water level suitable for load size. Choose wash cycle appropriate for fabric, using longest wash time available (about 20 minutes). Select hottest water safe for fabric.

  3. Add 4 tablespoons Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative for every ½ to ¾ pounds of dry weight fabric (about 2 yards or an average-size t-shirt). Pour into detergent dispenser during the fill cycle. Immediately flush dispenser with 4 cups hot water.

  4. Run through a full cycle for at least 20 minutes. Once complete, wash item with detergent and an old towel to absorb excess dye on a normal wash cycle.

  5. Note: If dyeing in the washing machine before adding fixative, it may be necessary in some front load washing machines to cancel the washer cycle after the dyeing. Then, re-start the machine using a wash cycle in which the Dye Fixative is added, allowing the washer to proceed through the entire wash, rinse, and spin cycles.

  6. Clean machine immediately with hot water and detergent, using complete cycle. Clean lint traps; wipe spilled fixative with cleanser and water.

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

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  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ellen, Yes, After you are done dyeing, rinse your material until it runs clear in cold water. Now you are ready to use the dye fixative. Fill machine with hottest water safe for fabric. Select low water level setting or the setting needed for the material to freely move around. Add in the dye fixative and agitate to mix. Add unfolded fabric. Set washer for extended wash cycle (20 minutes). Rinse in cold water and dry. Clean your machine immediately with hot water and detergent using complete cycle. Clean lint traps and wipe up any spilled fixative with cleanser and water. Re-wash the item in warm water with a mild detergent. Hope this helps!

    • corey

      Thanks for the clarification. It would be great if this was mentioned at the beginning of the instructions. Also at what other stages can it be applied if it wasn’t done initially at the “ideal” stage? And would it still be at least somewhat effective?

      Thank you.

  • christine

    I am confused. Step 3 in the instructions for top-loading washing machine state the fabric should be “unfolded but not yet rinsed.” So, it seems to vary by method. Is that correct? Thanks for help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Christine, sorry about the misunderstanding. After you have completed the dyeing/rinsing until the rinse water runs clear, then you would add the item(shaken out) to the dye fixative and follow the 20 minutes of wash cycle then rinse in cold water and dry Hope this information is helpful. .

  • lilian

    Hello, I am confused about the different products you offer to fix the colors. I bought a sil satin with silk blouse dyed in denim blue. and it bleeds all the time staining my underwear, pants and handbag. is there a way to fix the color, now that has passed time since it was dyed? I would appreciate any help is a very nice blouse but it is damaging my anything light that rubs agains it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lilian, We are sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. We have emailed you some questions to assist you further with your project. Thanks!

  • Sarah

    Hi. Just to clarify, to use your fixative “immediately after dying,” am I supposed to dry my fabric first, or just use it on wet fabric after rinsing and such?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah,
      We recommend using the Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing before rinsing the dye from the fabric. Hope this information is helpful!

      • ShandiGP

        Wait…which is correct?

        Earlier you said:

        Hi Ellen, Yes, After you are done dyeing, rinse your material until it runs clear in cold water. Now you are ready to use the dye fixative.

        But here you said:

        Hi Sarah,
        We recommend using the Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing before rinsing the dye from the fabric. Hope this information is helpful!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, Sorry for any confusion. It will retain more color if you use the product immediately after dyeing prior to rinsing and washing. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Jane G

    I recently dyed some white cotton chair covers teal (using royal blue and green). When I tested the dye by dipping a paper towel, it was just right, if not slightly bluer. But when I dyed the fabric, it came out more green and now that it’s all rinsed and dry, it looks more jade green than teal. Two questions, can it be dyed again after I’ve already used fixative? And if so, can I simply do a more diluted blue dye to correct the greener hue or do I need to strip the color and start over?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jane, We are sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. We have emailed you some questions to assist you further with your project.

  • Valerie D

    I am making a duvet cover out of purchased flat sheets (I am not dyeing the sheets). One sheet/side is totally red and the other has a white background with red/black geometric designs. Should I wash the red sheet with Rit fixative so that when the duvet cover is washed during its life it doesn’t transfer the color to the white side and turn it pink? Do I need to wash it several times? Sheet material is 55% cotton, 45% polyester.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Valerie, The Rit Dye Fixative could be beneficial on the cotton portion of the sheet to help reduce color bleeding and to try to further set the dye. Washing the red sheet in the fixative would be a good idea if the other side of the duvet cover will have the white. It just needs to be washed in the dye fixative once and then you might try washing it with a scrap of white fabric to ensure the color is not bleeding in the wash prior to sewing the pieces together. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • adlitt

    I am so hoping someone can help. I have tie dyed several t shirts red white and blue. When I rinse the white turns a pretty purple. Not very patriotic at all.Can I spray fixitive before rinsing dye? I’m desperate for help I don’t wanna redo 40 shirts HELP ME PLEASE

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      We recommend using ColorStay Dye Fixative to help reduce the color bleeding before rinsing. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The Dye Fixative should be applied prior to rinsing. You can apply the dye fixative while the shirts are still banded by either submerging them in water with the Dye Fixative or by spraying the dye fixative on. Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Pamela

    I am trying to remove color on 5 off white seat back cushions. Although the cushions were already light in color, I thought what the hey, why not try and get them as close to white as possible? Well…… Now the covers (100% cotton) have turned an uneven bluish color. I am using a top load washer and I added 4 packs of color remover. Please advise. I would like to continue on and dye the cushion covers aquamarine.

  • Zia

    So, my garment is lightly sprayed with dyes all over for a “weathering/dirtying” effect. I then put dye fixative (4 tablespoons) into hot water and put my garment in. When I put it into the solution then washed it in the rinse cycle, the dye did not stay and totally washed out. So, it has been lightly sprayed with dyes again. I then sprayed dye fixative directly onto the fabric. I then put two wet towels over the garment, and wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it into the microwave at 30 seconds on each side. Am I missing a step before I put it into the rinse cycle? Should I spray it with vinegar or something else and microwave it again? I ran out of fixative for a front portion of the garment.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Zia, You are using the correct process in regards to spraying the dye fixative on and then wrapping it in plastic wrap and microwaving it. You might try allowing the item to air dry before lightly rinsing it in the sink. Hope this helps!

  • Carrie

    Hello! Is there MSDS guideline for the fixative? I’m concerned about disposal; is it safe to send it down the sink drain?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carrie, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, it is safe to put down the sink. Here is the SDS: https://www.ritdye.com/safety

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Renee, You might try using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative. The dish detergent and hot water is causing color to leach out during the removal of the wax. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Dean, For best results, Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative is intended for use prior to rinsing the excess dye from the fabric. Instructions for using the dye fixative can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ So sorry for the confusion.

  • Susan

    I dyed a pair of jeans and used the dye fixative, but after drying I feel the color isn’t dark enough so I want to re-dye them. Do I need to wash them first before re-dye them a darker color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, Once your dye project is complete, we recommend washing the item with detergent and an old towel to absorb excess dye on a normal wash cycle. Leaving the jeans wet when you re-dye them will help the dye process. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Gordon, The best way to lock in the dye and help set the color is by spraying the dye fixative onto the items immediately after dyeing and prior to rinsing. If possible, to further set it, you would let the item sit with the dye fixative for 20 minutes and then microwave for 1-2 minutes. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Marty

    Is Color Stay Dye Fixative the same as Laundry treatment Dye Fixative?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marty, Yes, they are the same thing. It was renamed last year to Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Robin, We do not recommend using Rit Dye for upholstered fabric because after the dye is applied, the excess dye must be removed. This can be difficult to achieve with furniture and if the excess dye is not completely removed, it can rub off on clothing. Rit Dye performs best with fabric that can be removed from the furniture, such as slipcovers or pillow covers, and immersed in a dyebath. Then the fabric can be rinsed and laundered as directed to remove the excess dye.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Chris, Here are some tips of using a spray bottle technique with the liquid dye: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-squirt-bottle-method/

  • Valeria

    I would like to change the color of a hemp tunic and want to do this in the washing machine. For hemp, do I add salt or vinegar to the machine? Also, if I add salt or vinegar, do I still need the fixative?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Valeria, What does the fabric care tag state the tunic is made from? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Valeria

        I mentioned the tunic was made from hemp. Thanks.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Valeria, Thank you for your response. If cotton hemp we suggest 1 cup of salt to dye bath. If you are trying to achieve a different color you would want to use Rit color remover first to bring the color down and then re-dye. Salt will help the color be vibrant but you would still need the fixative to help with color bleeding. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com K

    I’m tie dying a bunch of shirts. They are cotton. They have been dyed and microwaved. Do I untie shirts before fixative? I’m using multiple colors, so do I still not rinse before they soak in fixative? Or should I untie, hang, and spray with fixative to avoid bleeding?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, For best results, the dye fixative is recommended to be used immediately after dyeing, before rinsing and laundering. The instructions along with different methods for using the dye fixative can be found at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ Hope this information is helpful.

      • http://www.ritdye.com K

        So should I untie the shirts first? I cannot find this info on this page.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi K, It is recommended to use fixative right after dye process, we suggest using the fixative before you un-tie the shirts. This way the color stays where you have it and easier to make sure of no bleeding. Hope this helps.

  • Mel

    Do you have to rinse the fixative out?

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/1024258244303149/ Brittany

    I clean with a lot of bleach and I have some clothes that have bleach spots I have got some tot dye the same color as my clothes how c as n I fix them

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Brittany, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. Please keep in mind that if you are trying to lighten blue denim with the Rit Color Remover it would not be recommended as the product is unable to remove the indigo blue dye and may result in the jeans to appear blotchy. Hope this helps.

  • Kitt Richards

    I used RIT dye to write a slogan on a shirt. what is the best way to fix it so dye won’t run when it is laundered? thx

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kitt, We would suggest spraying the Dye Fixative onto the shirt and letting it sit for 20 minutes prior to microwaving for about a minute. Be very careful when rinsing and washing so that it does not wash out. It could still run after the dye fixative is applied so wash carefully by hand in cold water. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Eva, The Dye Fixative would try to set the dye into the fabric, including the color bleeding in the white parts. The Rit Color Remover would try to remove all color from the fabric, including the existing color. You could then redye the fabric and use the Color Stay Dye Fixative to help reduce color bleeding and set the dye into the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Thank you for reaching out! Yes you can dye in your washing machine. When using a washing machine use 1 cup of chlorine bleach, 1 cap of laundry detergent and very hot water and run through a full cycle empty to clear out the machine of any excess dye residue. Here are the directions on using a front loading washing machine.
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/
    Hope that helps answer your question!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Lisa Olson

    I’m re-dying a couple pair of black jeans in my top load washer. The instructions for using dye fixative say: “If dyeing has been done in the washing machine, stop cycle before rinsing begins. Restart machine with a hot wash cycle, and add Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative.” Do I let most of the dye water drain or spin out first, then stop it before rinse cycle? Is the fixative widely available, or mostly just at Walmart? I’ve heard a suggestion to add one navy blue packet plus 2 black packets for redying black jeans. Is that right, or should I use all black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lisa, That would be correct! We would suggest trying a Michael’s craft store or Joann fabric store to purchase the fixative. We would suggest using all black. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Dolores Monet

    I bought a shirt that turns my skin blue. I have RIT Color Stay Dye Fixative but instructions say to use hot water. Afraid that hot water may shrink the garment. Is there any way I can use this product without using hot water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Delores, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately our product needs to be used in hot water, we suggest checking the tag to see if it reads “dry clean only” or “cold water only” if it does we don’t recommend using Rit products on that particular garment. If the tag does not read or say anything of that nature you should be fine to submerge in hot water. Hope this helps.

  • Brooke

    I bought a pair of new jeans that turn my hands or anything that rubs against them blue. I’ve tried to set the dye using salt which has helped but hasn’t aleviated the problem. I recently came across your product and hope it will help. Do you recommend dye fixative for this problem.
    Thanks
    Brooke

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Brooke,
      Thank you for reaching out! Color Stay Dye Fixative is not recommend for blue jeans since indigo dye is used in the coloring process. Should you decide to, you are welcome to experiment but unfortunately we are not able to guarantee the results.
      We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Sophia McDonald

    Will the fixative keep the white in my tie dye white? I’ve been tye dyeing using the rit royal blue, and the white part turns a light blue. How do I prevent that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sophia, Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative would try to set the dye into the fabric, including the color bleeding in the white parts, because it is intended to minimize the dye bleeding later.

      • Sophia McDonald

        Thank you! Is there any other suggestions you have to keep the white white in tie dye?

  • Mary

    We’re having an Earth Fair with tie dying as an activity. Once the kids
    tie dye their shirt and we spray it with the fixative, can we let them
    dry so they can be taken home and washed at home. Do they have to go
    through the heating cycle?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mary, When using Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative after tie-dyeing fabric, it is recommended the fabric should have the excess dye rinsed out prior to drying. The microwave is also recommended to help heat-set the dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Jen

    I have a question about dying a dress. Do I dye the dress a color, wash it, the soak in fixative and then wash again? Or Do i dye the dress, soak in fixative and then wash

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jen, Thank you for reaching out. You would dye the fabric, use the dye fixative prior to rinsing and then wash the material after the fixative process. Hope this helps!

  • Susan

    Help, I am following the directions and doing tie dying, it comes out beautiful at first. I rinse well and then put it into The washer on cold water wash. The color bleeds and and there is no white left, it becomes one color. I am so frustrated. I don’t know what is happening. Yes, I add the salt, rinse, then wash. I have working in this for 2 days solid and I am not able to get the results I want. And the colors are vibrant when I put them in the washer, but faded and bled into all the while spaces and looks life old faded out colors. I am using 100% cotton, pre washed. Help, what am I missing here?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, Thank you for reaching out. So sorry to hear you are having an issue with the dye bleeding. Make sure to rinse well with the rubber bands off and then remove the rubber bands and rerinse prior to washing in cold water. We also strongly suggest using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative when dyeing as it can help set the dye and reduce color bleeding in the fabric.

  • jen simpson

    Used Rit to dye an upholstered chair. Very happy with results but when i rub it firmly I can see a faint shadow of dye on white shirt. Can I use Rit Fixative on upholstery. Would like to see if that will set dye better but wouldn’t want to ruin upholstery. Do you think the fixative would “damage” it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jen, Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative is intended for use on fabric at the time it is being dyed, prior to rinsing the excess dye from the fabric. The dye is rubbing off because the excess dye was not able to be rinsed from the fabric. You can test spraying on the dye fixative. One of Rit’s color experts posted a project where she dyed a thrift store chair, which you can refer to: https://www.ritdye.com/2016/03/28/how-to-dye-an-upholstered-chair-with-rit/ You might also try applying Scotchgard to see if that might help. Let us now if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Emma

    Can anyone answer this question ? I want to dye cotton webbing to use as straps on a diaper bag but the only color available is Purple i want a lavender or lighter shade of purple how can i lighten the dye

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emma, The color of a dyebath can be lightened by adding additional water and dipping a paper towel or piece of cloth into the dyebath to test the color. You could also send a picture of the color you would like to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create custom color recipe for you. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tanya, It is hard to say whether or not the signature would hold up after washing. The Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative helps to set dye into the fabric, but we have not done experimenting with ink or permanent marker and how well the fixative would keep the signature in place.

  • Matthew

    Hi, Rit,
    Can the Color Dye Fixative be used to remove colors that have bleed during the wash? I have heard rumors that it can (in about 10-15 seconds) if done with care. Or, is there another Rit product that you recommend? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Matthew, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative will help to set the dye into the fabric rather than remove it. The Rit Color Remover would try to remove all color from the fabric and not just the dye bleeding.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Alexis, The best way for a blanket would be in wash machine, spray method is for very small items like a scarf or tie. When doing a large area like a blanket the spray will not go on even and will use allot more fixative than needed and not cover all areas. In the wash machine it will fully cover and needing less bottles of fixative.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Karen, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately the Dye Fixative will only work on natural fibers such as cotton, nylon, silk, rayon and linen but not synthetics like polyester or synthetic blends. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Patricia, Yes, you would want to remove any ties prior to treating the fabric with dye fixative. Wearing rubber gloves, hang or lay dyed item flat on a work surface protected with a plastic cover. Spray item liberally with fixative. Here is the link which offers additional information about using dye fixative: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Anna, Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative doubles the amount of color retention in fabrics such as cotton, linen, rayon, ramie, jute and hemp, which have been dyed with Rit Dye. It is intended for use on fabrics, but you could experiment using it on feathers by spraying it on. Rit offers instructions for dyeing feathers, which you may find helpful: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/materials/feathers/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Michelle Moore

    I am looking to dye a sofa. The fabric is a polyester blend Damask. Which dye would be the best? I plan on using my paint sprayer, if that will work, and hand brushing anywhere that needs it. Do I need to seal it then with the dye fixative? Any advice would be helpful. Thank you so much!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Michelle,
      Thank you for reaching out. We do not recommend using Rit Dye for upholstered fabric because after the dye is applied, the excess dye must be removed. This can be difficult to achieve with furniture and if the excess dye is not completely removed, it can rub off on clothing. Rit Dye performs best with fabric that can be removed from the furniture, such as slipcovers or pillow covers, and immersed in a dyebath. Then the fabric can be rinsed and laundered as directed to remove the excess dye. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • Amanda Prosser

    I recently purchased a hand dyed bright orange tote bag from an artisan in Cuba. It has painted flowers on it as well. The orange came off on my hands immediately. The bottom of the tote bag is a wicker basket and there are also big wooden beads sewn on the handles. Is there a way to use the fixative on that tote bag in a way that won’t require the microwave?

  • Richard Brownkatz

    How many 8 oz bottles of Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative do I need for a standard size couch?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Jess, the dye fixative is for setting colors after the fabric has been dyed. We can not guarantee that it will work on your comforter however if you are willing to give it a try I say go for it! You will need to use it in the washing machine.

  • Laurence Lagnese

    Multi color garment blue and white. Is it safe to use this product to attempt to stop the blue from bleeding.(precautionary here haven’t had an issue just trying to do preemptive measures)

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Kelly, yes you will want to wash the garment because the color stay should be done immediately after dyeing then you wash the garment. Thanks!

 

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