The Rit Studio: How to Spot Dye

How to Spot Dye

Spot dyeing is like spot cleaning. Use this technique when you need to color correct or dye a very small amount of fabric.

 

Prep, dye and clean up time: About 30 minutes

You’ll Need

  • Item to dye
  • Rit Dye, liquid or powder
  • Cotton cloth or cotton swab
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Iron, optional
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic table cover

Step by Step

  1. Cover a flat work area with a piece of plastic sheeting such as a table covering or trashcan liner. Lay the garment flat on the work surface.

  2. Wearing rubber gloves, pour 2 tablespoons Rit liquid dye into 1/2 cup of very hot tap water. We suggest using liquid dye for this technique for its easy, pre-dissolved convenience. If you choose to use powder dye, stir 1 teaspoon into 1/2 cup very hot tap water, 140°F/60°C. Stir to dissolve.

  3. Dip a small corner of a piece of clean cloth into the hot dye, gently squeezing out the excess. Rub the affected area where you wish to apply the dye. For extremely small areas, you can use a cotton swab to apply the dye.

  4. Allow the dye to set for 20 minutes. To further set the dye, press with a hot steam iron. Place a cloth on your ironing board and over the treated areas, then press.

  5. Wash by hand with soap or in a regular cycle in the washing machine, then let hang or machine dry.

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

  • Cherie

    in the last, if I “Wash by hand with soap,” does that mean bath soap, or should I use liquid dishwashing detergent or a mild detergent like one of those for hand washing wool?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cherie, when we see directions that call for “Wash by hand with soap” we always think of a product such as Woolite, etc. Hope this information is helpful.

  • moonchild75

    I have a white spot on a brown sofa that I’d like to touch up. Would this technique work? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Unfortunately, we do not recommend dyeing upholstery. It can be hard to rinse the dye thoroughly from the sofa and can possibly rub off onto items it comes in contact with. Hope this information is helpful.

      • JB

        I have the same exact question, and my sofa is canvas or twill, I can never remember. The upholstery covers are removable. Can I safely use the technique, do you think?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello, Since the covers are removable, spot dyeing is certainly an option to try to cover the white spot. Rit all-purpose dye will successfully dye natural fabrics. You might check the fabric care tag on the covers to ensure you are not working with a synthetic fabric. The other option you have is to use Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color and, then, re-dye it. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, spot dyeing works on wet or dry fabric. Salt is only used when you are making a dye bath and immersing the item into the water. Sometimes spot dyeing has to be done more than once, depending on what you are trying to cover over. Hope this informatiion is helpful.

  • dk

    If I dab a tiny bit of diluted dye, as per your instructions, on denim, and get it looking the way I wanted, is it essential to wash or can I just leave it as is?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi! We do recommend washing after to ensure that there is not any dye residue that has not adhered to the fabric. It is essential to rinse out any excess dye to ensure it does not bleed onto other items or skin it comes in contact with. Hope this helps!

  • Zephr

    My friend just recently dyed some fabric and her project came out all splotchy and inconsistent in color. Is there a way to fix the spoltchy discolored patches?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Zephr, Dye specks or splotchy results are usually the result of three causes; 1) Dye specks can result if there is too little agitation, 2) if the dye is poured directly onto the fabric while in washer, or 3) if the dye has not been fully dissolved prior to adding to the washer. You can use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye the fabric. Make sure to stir the item constantly. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Jcatrami

    I bought a used olive green flight suit that has a stain on the rear end (eBay :/). I assume it was left in the sun in an odd position and it’s not a bleach stain. It’s about a 8×2 inch stain. Any suggestions how to dye it but not draw more attention by making it too dark?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, What is the fabric content of the flight suit you are wanting to dye? We can better assist you if we know what type of material you are working with. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Scilla, You might try using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the fabric and redye the garment. Unfortunately, this would likely not be successful unless the nail polish stain can be removed. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Karyn

    I have a couple of bleach spots on my navy blue t-shirt- do you think this technique would work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Karyn, If the bleach has not damaged the nap of the fabric, then this method could work for you. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Michelle

    Would this technique work if I wanted to dye all but the sleeves and collar of an all white shirt?

  • wiccanwife01

    I have a black and grey cotton hoodie that I wish was all black. Would this technique work on the grey fabric that makes up the front pockets of the jacket? Or should I dye the entire piece black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      The spot dyeing method works best for very small pieces of fabric. If you were to spot dye the pockets, you may get uneven dye results. We would recommend dyeing the entire sweatshirt however, grey areas after dyeing to black may not be exactly the same shade of black once dyed. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi JT, Spot dyeing may or may not work to cover the lightened circle. As long as the sweatshirt is cotton or another dyeable fabric, you can use the Rit Color Remover to lighten the overall fabric and redye the entire item if the spot dyeing approach does not work. Hope this helps!

  • Katy

    Hello! I have a black silk dress that is mixed with color. I bought it used, and there is a white lightened area on the black fabric. However, it is such a light airy silk that I could only best describe as blackish grey. Will the black dye blend it will my white spot just turn her black? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katy, The spot dyeing technique would be the best approach to try. It is hard to say whether spot dyeing would cover the area or not. It would depend on if the spot was caused by bleach or staining. Hope this helps!

      • Katy

        Wow! Thanks for the quick reply. I believe it is from staining, not bleach, but also looks like maybe it was rubbed vigorously and the fabric lightened. Do you think the spot treating will blend with a charcoal black color? Thanks again!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Katy, You will need to test the spot dyeing in an area to see if it will match the charcoal black. Without knowing how the spot occurred on the fabric, we are not able to guarantee the results. If you see that the black dye does darken the spot(s), once you have completed the process you might try reapplying the dye again to see if you might darken those areas. Hope this helps.

  • Carla

    Hi! Is this the best method to dye a faded black jacket with a red and white logo, red lining, and white font. I don’t want the jacket to turn to turn all black.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carla, We would not recommend spot dyeing in order to dye an entire jacket because you would not be able to achieve an even color. Also, when dyeing fabric, the excess dye must be rinsed out and this would effect the areas of the jacket you do not want dyed. Sorry about that.

  • quynnie

    I have a turquoise silk dress that has little bleach spots all over it, the spots have turned a light yellow. How would i best fix this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Quynnie, 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. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Jackie

    I have a nike dark grey sweater, I got bleach patches on the arm that have gone orange. can spot dying work on bleached patches

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jackie,
      As long as the bleach has not damaged the fibers of the fabric you can give the spot dyeing method a try. For best results we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color of the fabric to a white or creamy color before dyeing. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Ma12S Kids

    have a sweater that blue and red and gray… could I change the bule to orange red to purple and grey to a beige or black color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, First you would want to check the fabric content of the sweater to make sure it is compatible with RIT Dye. This link will help: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. If you pass this, then you would consider using color remover, take the item back to white/creamy, then you can dye it whatevery color your want it to be. Since you want it more then one color, you should check into Ombre dyeing. Hope this information is helpful. l

  • Brittany

    Does Rit Dye change the color of iron on lettering? I have a sweatshirt I would like to redye but I’m worried that the dye will change the white lettering on the sweatshirt a different color.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brittany, Thank you for your question. Yes, the dye can affect the color of the iron on lettering. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Ethereal_Horizons

    I was looking to buy a pair of white pants and dye the edge of the front pockets silver so there is a kind of semi-circle strip of silver, i was also planning to do a strip on the cuffs. i don’t think there’s an issue with that but i thought i mind as well mention it in case. my actual questions are will this work on the outside of white shoes (trying to dye designs into the outside using tape and then applying dye) and would a tape method work on fabric? also would it work if i used a paint brush with silver dye on a white t-shirt to cause streaks of silver? Sorry for saying so much.

  • Sean

    I have a white spot on my black jeans that I’d like to cover up. Would this be the best technique? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sean, You could give the spot dyeing method a try. Be sure to use hot water that is at least 160-180 degrees for best results. If it does not cover satisfactory, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the jeans and redyeing them. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Sean, First we would suggest checking the fabric of your item to make sure that it is compatible with RIT Dye. This link will help: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. If your white spot is Bleach Damage, the nap of the fabric may be damaged and RIT needs that to hold onto. You would have to test it to see if it would work for you. Hope this information is helpful.

  • mommy2one

    I have a couple very small bleach spots on my bearpaw boots (knock off uggs) and I was wondering if this spot dyeing technique would be best to get rid of them?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, You can try the spot dye technique to see if it will be able to cover those spots. Unfortunately, bleach can damage the fibers of the fabric and the dye may not adhere very well to those areas. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Scott,
    We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project. Thanks!

  • Carolyn

    Is it possible to spot dye a southern company t-shirt jersey without the dye getting on the white lettering? I had to spot treat my daughters shirt and I guess the rubbing together (you know when you have to scrub a spot you rub the cloth) it took some of the color out of the shirt. Anyway, I thought if I could use a dye I could spot color it. The areas are fairly small in size about the size of a golf ball.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carolyn, The best way to attempt this would be to use the spot dyeing technique. Unfortunately, when rinsing and washing it is possible some of the dye could get onto the lettering if the area you are treating is close to where the lettering is located. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • Carolyn

        It is on the bottom part of the shirt so I could rinse and hand wash just the bottom part, I guess some of the dye could get on the lettering in subsequent washings or no?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Carolyn,
          It is possible that the dye could bleed onto the lettering in future washing. We could recommend using Rit Dye Fixative after using the spot dyeing method to help with color bleeding. You can read about Dye Fixative and see directions on how to use in the following link. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ Hope this is helpful.

  • Ashley

    Hello! My fiancé has a slightly lighter spot on his dark blue jeans dhe to trying to rub off a stain. What is the best dye and technique to use for dark blue jeans? Thanks!!! ☺️

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashley,
      We would recommend using our Denim Blue dye. We would recommend using the Spot Dyeing method of dyeing. You can find the directions on the following link from our website. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Ashley

    I have a navy blue vineyard vines shepshirt. It somehow got mixed with bleach and now has small pink spots all over. I tried this spot dye and even used the iron but i can’t seem to get rid of the pink spots. Thoughts?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashley, Thanks so much 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.

  • Patricia Sanders Ebert

    I was using rubbing alcohol to remove what appears to be an ink stain from a dry clean only silk blazer. All I succeeded in doing was to create a small faded spot. Can this be fixed using a touch up dye technique, without getting the fabric wet?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Patricia, Very hot water is required to activate all Rit products. Although we do not recommend using Rit for items that state dry clean only, we do offer instructions for spot dyeing. The instructions can be found by going to https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful.

      • Patricia Sanders Ebert

        Do you think Dharma Trading Co’s Tinfix will work?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Patricia, Since Dharma Trading Company’s Tinfix is not one of our products, we do not have information to offer about how it will work. Sorry about that.

  • Cal Morrison

    Hi RitDye…

    Good day to you.

    I have these hats, and others like them, and was wondering if Rit would be the ideal solution to change the white side to a different colour, so that it is like the blue one, and I was also wondering if there is a way to strip the colour, for instance if I could change the black side to white? I have a few hats like this, and would like to change the colours on some. Would it be the same method on the embroidered threads inside the spikes too (as well as the embroidered lines?

    Thanks very much,
    Cal

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Cal, First we would recommend checking the status of your fabric to make sure it is compatible with RIT Dye. This link will help.https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. RIT Color Remover works best on fabrics we can dye and like all RIT products is used in HOT water. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Cal Morrison

        Hi, thank you for the reply. I was looking at the links, but still not sure as it says fabrics that will not accept dye are 100% acrylic, though the fabric I want to dye is an acrylic wool blend (80% Acrylic / 20% Wool)… Would this accept dye? If not, would fabric paint or pens be suitable? I am really seeking advice from someone who knows about dying fabric as there is very little information online for dying Acrylic fabric without soaking it (this is not an option for me). Please help, even point me in the right direction. Thanks

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Cal, Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester or other synthetic fibers well. However, we will be launching a new dye, Rit Dye More in April of this year that dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic and acetate beautifully. We would like to point out that even with the new dye, an item will need to be submerged in a dyebath. Would you like us to add you to our email list so you will be one of the first to know when this new dye will be available?

  • alyssa

    I have a pair of light-medium wash blue jeans they got a few tiny dots of bleach on them. What would you guys suggest i use to correct it ? These are new jeans, id hate to get rid of them.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alyssa, We would suggest trying the spot dyeing approach. Depending on the extent of the bleach damage, the dye may or may not be able to cover the spots or make them less noticeable. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Joanne

    Hi I have charcole pants that have a small area that turned green after vanish was left on for too long. Do you recommend spot dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joanne, You can give the spot dyeing approach a try. If it does not hold the color, you might want to use the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the overall color and then redye the fabric. If the product contains bleach, the areas may not be able to hold the dye. Hope this helps!

  • Tarik Conteh

    Hi I have a dark grey Ralph Lauren hoodie that is faded and I want to dye black, problem is there is a small Ralph Lauren logo on the chest that is roughly one inch long and one cm wide. The logo is red and I do not want to dye the logo. What shall I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tarik, Can I Dye A Shirt With A Picture Logo?
      Yes, though the dye may change the color of the logo on your shirt. The rules of color mixing apply when over-dyeing an existing color like this, e.g. dyeing a yellow logo with green dye may turn it blue. If you do not wish to change the color of your logo, then dyeing may not be the best option.Hope this information is helpful 0.

  • Matt

    How can I prevent this spot treatment from bleeding to another area? The sleeve is a faded black but the body is white and I want to darken the sleeves without the dye bleeding to the body of the hoodie. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Daniela, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we do not have any products that would work to remove the dye transfer from the shoe without possibly affecting the grey of the shoe. So sorry about that!

  • Hannah

    Hello,
    In my chemistry lab, I accidentally got some potassium permanganate on my dark-blue jeans, causing light white/cream colored spots. Would this method work with jeans?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Hannah, We would recommend trying the spot dyeing method for the spots on your jeans, however, we cannot guarantee the results. The reason is that it depends on how much the potassium permanganate damaged the fibers where the spots are. It may be similar to bleach damage where bleach permanently damages fibers and the dye may or may not be able to adhere to the fabric depending on how strong the bleach solution was. Hope this information is helpful.

      • http://www.theritstudio.com Rebecca Fretty

        Hannah, I did a bit further research on your potassium permanganate spill. A chemistry buddy of mine uses this to whiten his jeans before he dyes them with Rit. Not a traditional consumer in their home dyeing obviously. But I wrote to him and he said to wash your jeans in an alkaline bath even just rinsing them in baking soda does the trick to remove any brown residue the Magnesium Dioxide may have left behind as a reaction between the Potassium permanganate and the Indigo dye in the jeans. Then dye the whole pair of paints in a darker shade. We have found that jeans seem to even out very easily when over dyed, so you should be good to go with a complete over dye process. I just dyed a pair of jeans in the washing machine using Hyacinth, a new color launching this month. It was super easy and really fast. Here is a link to that project if you want to dye your jeans in the washing machine. https://www.ritdye.com/2015/01/11/hyacinth-purple-jeans-in-a-flash/ Happy Dyeing! Rebecca

  • Amity

    I have a brown baseball/scout style hat that has severely faded. There is a small black and white emblem I would like to keep black and white. Should I spot treat the entire hat? Method suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Amity, If you want the black and white emblem to stay untouched, then your only option would be spot dyeing. We think you might think about stuffing the hat to keep it from moving around. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Kcooke

    Hi. My daughter has a comforter with intricate circular designs. In the center of each circle is a small (less than 1 inch diameter) white area that we’d like to dye hot pink. There are probably 10-15 in the whole comforter. would spot dyeing work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Spot dyeing is a method for trying to cover spots on an item of one color. We would not recommend this method for your comforter because when the excess dye is rinsed out it would effect the designs in the comforter. Sorry about that.

    • http://www.theritstudio.com Rebecca Fretty

      Howdy, I have been testing different spot dyeing applications and you might be able to accomplish this with hot pink. Here are the keys to success that I have found so far: 1. Is the comforter cotton. It can not be a synthetic fiber. 2. Make a ver concentrated dye bath with hot, hot, hot water! I mix boiling water in a pyrex 1 cup bowl with a 1/4 cup of dye so it is very concentrated. 3. using a paint brush, spot the area you want to dye. I find the dye does bleed out so “spot” spot smaller than what you want. 4. I spray the spots with Rit Dye Fixative to help it set in the fabric because I haven’t found another way to “heat” set the dye into the fabric. Spraying the fixative will also cause the dye to bleed/run a bit. However, it is a very pretty effect. If you do not want the bleed, you can just let it sit until it is really dry (like over night), then place the comforter in the dryer and run for a few minutes to heat set that way.

      The first time the comforter is washed you could still see some bleeding, but if you used the dye fixative, it should be minimal.

      As with many dye projects, they are creative adventures in my Rit Studio! Happy Dyeing! Cheers. REBF

  • Lindsay

    Hello! I dyed some pants (already a lime green) using the emerald green and it left a few green spots darker than the rest of the pants. It kind of leaves the appearance that the pants are wet in those spots. The pants are the perfect St. Paddy’s green color minus the spots so I don’t want to re-dye the pants to a darker color to match the spots. Is there any way that I can lighten the spots to blend better without changing the color of the rest of the pants? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lindsay, There is really not a way to lighten to spots except for rewashing the item a few times to see if that will make them less noticeable. The other option would be to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye the material again. Sorry about that. Hope this helps!

      • Lindsay

        Thanks for the fast reply! What can I do to prevent those dark spots from reoccurring when I re-dye the pants?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Lindsay, Dye specks are usually the result of three causes; 1) Dye specks can result if there is too little agitation, 2) if the dye is poured directly onto the fabric while in washer, or 3) if the dye has not been fully dissolved prior to adding to the washer. We would recommend dissolving the dye in 2 cups of very hot tap water and stirring to ensure all the granules are dissolved prior to adding to the dyebath. Hope this helps.

          • Lindsay

            I dyed in my stainless steel kitchen sink because I have the Samsung high-efficiency washers that use little water. I used liquid dye, added salt and stirred before adding the wet pants. The first time I tried to dye using my washer, it had cold water in the washer even though the setting was on hot so the dye didn’t take. Any advice on dyeing in a “fancy” HE top-loader? Sorry for all of the questions. Thanks for your help.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Lindsay, How do you add detergent to your HE top-load washing machine? Do you pour the detergent into the washer, or, do you pour the detergent into a dispenser? We can assist you further once we have this information. Thanks!

          • Lindsay

            Okay thanks! We add detergent through the dispenser for our washer.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Lindsay,
            We would recommend following our directions for dyeing in a front-loading washer as closely as possibly for HE top loading machines. You can find those directions on the following link. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/ Hope this helps!

      • Lindsay

        Thanks for the quick response! What can I do to make sure the dark dye spots don’t reoccur when I re-dye the pants?

  • Clementine

    How would I dye the sides and front part of a SnapBack? If I wanted to keep the part front white would I just not get any dye there?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Clementine, You could try painting it on. Here’s a link to a dye-painted project. http://www.ritdye.com/content/dye-painted-wall-art Make sure to seal the item in plastic wrap after painting it and heat it in the microwave on high for up to 2 minutes (as long as it contains no metal). You will want to be extremely careful when rinsing because the dye could get into the white areas of the fabric. Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Clementine665

    Hi how would you recommend dyeing part of a hat but keeping the part front white? Inside the tag it says that the material is 100% Acrylic

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Unfortunately, 100% acrylic is not dyeable at this time. We are coming out with a synthetic dye that will dye acrylic beautifully. Would you like us to add your e-mail onto the list to be notified once it is released?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Kinsey, First we would have to take into consideration the fabric content of the glove. Are you trying to cover over damage to the fabric? Stove top method would probably be best because you could control how much of the glove would be in the dye bath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • DeWayne R.

    I’d like to dye the white parts of these Plum Wood prayer beads brown. It looks as if it’s just five cotton-like balls and some string. Please advise.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi DeWayne, Thank you for reaching out. It appears you may need to put the entire item in the dye bath to be able to dye all parts of the white, this could potentially affect the color of the wooden part. Hope this helps!

      • DeWayne R.

        Thanks!

  • rubyrock2

    If I wanted to dye stripes into something cotton just using tape to create the stripes, would the tape be enough to make clean lines or would the dye bleed past the tape lines and look messy? I included a picture to show you what I mean by create stripes using tape.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The dye could bleed past the tape. For cleaner lines you may want to use Elmer’s blue gel glue to create a line at the edge of the tape. Allow it to dry prior to coloring. Hope this helps!

  • Bett

    Hi, I have a black hoodie with white words on, and i got some glue on the black part and scrubed so much to remove the glue, that it faded. Would this help dye just the faded part? And what technique shall i use? Thanks.

  • Samantha

    My team wants to dye our multi-colored cotton jerseys black, although there is a logo on the back of the jersey. How could we dye the whole shirt without dying the logo? The logo isn’t cotton its a shiny, probably water repellent, and its white.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Samantha, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there is not a way to guarantee the logo would not be affected by the dye as there is not anything that can be applied that would safe guard it from becoming dyed. Do you have one you can experiment with? If it is a poly based screen print, the dye may not be able to adhere to the logo.

  • Rt

    Hi could you advise me on whether or not I could spot dye this top? The orange collar used be red and I’d like to fix it. 100% cotton.

    Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Then, you could dye the top red. However, if the spots were caused by bleach, or, another cleaner, we cannot guarantee the damaged fibers will absorb the dye. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, You could attempt to use the Rit Color Remover to spot dye the ink stain. It would work best if you are able to use a stove top technique. Hope this helps!

  • Queenie

    Excellent article! Thank you! I was wondering if there is something I can do for this dress. The picture on the left is what I WANT it to look like (what it was supposed to look like), and the picture on the right is its current state. Will this spot dyeing technique add to the spots already on the dress? Also, the existing spots have watery, smeary edges. How can I get that look? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Queenie, We are unable to pull up a larger image of the picture to get a better idea of what you are trying to achieve. Please send us a photo to help@theritstudio.com and we would be happy to see if this can be achieved.

    • Mahmoud Suhail

      Use a small measuring cup (like the one used for cough syrup) and pretreat with fixatives. Do not “drop” the dye but rather throw it (45º) . Start with grey then black in two different steps. Each step you need to let still for 20 minutes before you handle, then wash with cold water. Note that you need to repeat it for back side. Dress to the left as you know was dyed before made. Grey area is more than black and black overlapped it.

  • coolkid

    I have a pair of olive color khaki type pants that had a spot on it that I cleaned. I hand scrubbed it and now that spot is a bit faded compaired to the rest of the pant. If i re-dye the whole pant with an olive type color will the pant now all be the same color or would the spot still be a different color after re-dying the whole pant? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The spot could still dye a different shade. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to try to remove the color and make the pants even prior to redyeing. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jenny, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover.

  • Kaity

    I went too far when bleaching my jeans and some spots have gone yellow, anyway I could get it back to blue or even just white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kaity, Thank you for reaching out. You could try overdyeing as our Rit Color Remover would not be effective on removing color from blue jeans. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover and may still show through if you dye over the fabric.

  • Serina Staly

    Hey! I’m planning on bleaching and then dying part of an argyle sweater. (60%cotton, 40%acrylic) The diamonds are a dark greyish green, and I have teal rit dye. I’m worried that while rinsing the dye out, it will bleed into the fabric I don’t want dyed. Will this happen?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Serina, Rit now offers 2 different dyes. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate and other synthetic fabrics. Although we would normally recommend using Rit’s new DyeMore, we would not recommend it for dyeing part of a sweater. The reason is that the sweater would need to be immersed in the dyebath and would effect the entire sweater. Sorry about that.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Tammie F

    Hi can you spot dye premium denim jeans. My hairdresser’s assistant got black dye on them and it will not come out?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tammie, You could definitely attempt to spot dye those areas. The dye may not be able to cover over the black areas if they are blue denim. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • 123456789

    Hi there, I have a black 100% cotton shirt that was on a hanger in front of a window for too long, and now the top of the shoulder and some of the sleeve have faded from UV damage to an orange tint. Does spot dying work for UV damage? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The dye may or may not be able to adhere to those areas as sun bleaching can damage the fibers to the point where they may no longer be able to accept dye. You could try spot dyeing and if that doesn’t work you might also try using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye the items. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi JD, The black requires a long agitation time to produce the blackest black. Painting the dye on will likely not achieve the results you are after. If you would like to give it a try, here are some tips on painting on the dye: https://www.ritdye.com/2013/09/11/dye-paint-wall-art-2/ Hope this helps!

  • Randal

    How would I dye a 100% cotton white dress shirt black but leave the collar and cuffs white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Randal, Thank you for reaching out. In order to dye the dress black, the entire dress would need to be immersed in the dyebath. There is not a process that would allow you to leave the collar and cuffs white. Sorry about that.

  • Dinah

    Hi, I have three black shirts and I accidentally spilt bleach all of them. The bleach stains vary from red to almost completely white. Will this product dye the shirts back completely solid black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dinah, Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    • BarlowGirl

      That would look super cool if you splattered more bleach on it, though!

  • Natasha

    I have a black cotton/polyester/spandex dress that I love, but I spilled some super glue on it. I’ve tried to remove it with acetone, and am only somewhat successful, but I think I could dye the spots. Would this work to dye the small spots on a black dress so it blends in?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Natasha, Thank you for reaching out. It is hard to say whether the dye would be successful in cover the spots or not. If you would like to give it a try, we would recommend using the Rit Dye More in Graphite: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Hope this helps!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Natasha,
      Unfortunately our dyes cannot cover over super glue as it prevents the dye from absorbing into the fabric. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Ashley

    I have a latch stitch wool carpet. I was cleaning recently just with some oxyclean and water and I used too much water and caused the dyes to bleed. Aside from needing to lighten up some white parts I need to redarken the blacks and reds. Would I be able to use the dye and this technique for this? And does rit make a lightener?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashley, We do not recommend dyeing carpet in your home. Carpet dyeing is best done by professionals who use equipment that can attain high temperatures and high pressure combined with special chemicals and surfactants needed to apply the dye. The problems you may face dyeing your carpet at home include uneven color and crocking, which means the dye will rub off because it has not been applied with sufficient high pressure and heat.

      That said, if you have a small area that needs color, you could try a spot dyeing technique. If this does not work to your satisfaction, however, you will need to contact carpet professionals as cited above and pay for them to try to fix the discoloration so only use this technique if you’re willing to take that risk. Be sure your carpet is nylon or wool. Polyester cannot be dyed. Begin with 1 tablespoon of Rit powder or 1 1/2 teaspoons Rit liquid dye per 1 gallon of water. Use hot water with a temperature of 160-180 degrees. If the dye doesn’t quite match the carpet color, mix in a dye color that will make it the right shade. Start by adding 1/8 teaspoon dye powder or 5 drops of Rit liquid dye at a time to the 1 gallon dye mixture. Stir well. Test the resulting color on a scrap to determine a match. Continue to adjust if necessary. Use less dye for lighter colors and use more dye for darker colors, keeping all other quantities and measurements the same. Apply evenly and thoroughly. Extract excess moisture. The color remover requires very high heat, so it would not be effective by spot applying it to the carpet. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Georgette

    Hi, I am trying to match a color. I have some slipcovers from Target which are decribed as khaki but are more of a sand color. I bought some shams I would like to match, that were described as ivory but are more white. They seem to be just a few shades off. Both are cotton duck. I don”t know where to begin. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Georgette, Thank you for reaching out. Please send us a photo of the color you are trying to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a match for you.

  • Carol

    Hi, I have a vibrant blue tank top that accidentally got a little bit of bleach on it. The spot is about 4 inches long by about 2 1/2 inches, I don’t expect the bleach to be fixed or anything but if I dye the top a different color with the shirt be the color and the bleached spot remain bleached?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carol, Rit Dye may not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are not too extreme, we would recommend removing the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. Then you can try dyeing the tank top your color of choice. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Erika

    Hi. Dyed some cushions covers – came out mostly great except for some dark spots on one of them – can that be fixed?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Erika,
      To achieve an even color, we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redyeing. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nnenna,
    We would recommend using our spot dyeing directions. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Please keep in mind that bleach can damage the fabric and prevent the dye from absorbing into the damaged fibers. For best results we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color and then dye. It is important to keep in mind that bleach damage cannot be reversed with Color Remover. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lana Lang

    I was dying black spots into several white shirts but after I let them set, orange spots appeared all around the black. I was wondering what happened and how I could get rid of the orange. Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lana, Thank you for reaching out. Did you apply the dye following the spot dyeing directions or what steps did you use to create the black spots?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amy, Unfortunately, the color would need to be removed and the fabric can then be redyed in order to make the material even and remove the uneven splotches. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Laura

    I just dyed a white cotton shirt with blue liquid dye and there are a couple small darker spots. I stirred like it said and thought I got it thoroughly mixed. What can I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laura, Thank you for reaching out. So sorry to hear it did not dye evenly. The Rit Color Remover can be used to remove the dye and the item can then be redyed. Shake the bottle well. If there are any stains/spots/bleach areas those can dye differently than the rest of the shirt.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Natasha Hussain

    I got this blue and white bag as a gift and i like the bag but not the design. I wanted to make it a solid dark green. But for one thing, I don’t want to ruin the what is supposed to be brown leather. I’m also worried that the

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Natasha, Unfortunately, a solid color cannot be achieved when dyeing over a design. Also, the purse would need to be immersed in a dyebath and the salt in Rit dye can cause real leather to become dry or brittle. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sara Kay

    Hi RIT! I recently bought a black ball cap that was bleached by the sun into a brownish color. I have some black liquid RIT and was hoping I could use the spot dye method to dye it back (it has a label on the front that is white). My biggest fear though is the dyeing will go perfectly then will run into the white label during the rinse. Any suggestions on if this method will work or how to make it more successful? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sara, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may lighten the fabric, which is a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas may not dye well. If you were to spot dye the cap, it is possible the black may effect the white label when the cap is washed. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Chimmy

    So I need to dye a green gradient onto a red cotton fabric, and I was wondering if I could use RIT to dye the bottom solid green, and possibly try the spot dying process to achieve the lighter gradient as it goes up, so it changes relatively smoothly into the green? This would be fresh fabric that has no wear/tear/stains/etc. on it. Would this work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chimmy,
      Unfortunately green cannot be achieved over red. You may try using Rit Color Remover to remove some of the red from the fabric before trying to achieve a green gradient. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Drakkenfyre

    Hi, I have a sports vest which accidentally touched some bleach in the laundry, and now has a lighter/almost white spot on it. It’s khaki. I don’t really care if I can’t exactly match the color, I would just rather have a colored spot over a bleached white spot. Would dye work to cover this spot, or does bleach-damaged color not cover well? Thank you.

  • Mimi

    A shirt came back from cleaners with a yellow spot. I tried to remove with homemade removers, but nothing worked. I finally tried to spot clean with weakened bleach. The result is a white spot. Can I used color remover, then spot dye before re-dying the whole shirt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mimi, It is best to use the Rit Color Remover to remove all of the color and then redye the fabric. Unfortunately, spots caused by chlorine may or may not take on the dye so that area could still dye differently. Hope this helps!

  • Frank Hernandez

    I want to die a security tactical vest but how do I keep the security letterings white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Frank, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Unfortunately, the lettering could take on the dye and there is not a way to be able to protect those areas from being dyed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • Frank Hernandez

        Thank you

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Diana, Thank you for reaching out. You can try sending a photo of the color you are looking for to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a formula to try spot dyeing the areas. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Gerardo Treyes

    Hi I have a polo Ralph Lauren shirt that is black with a red horse and red & yellow Spain flag I want to re dye the shirt because it is faded will it dye the red and yellow on the shirt ???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Gerardo, Thank you for reaching out. The dye could also affect the red and yellow threading on the shirt. Unfortunately, there is not a way to protect or cover that area so the dye would not adhere. Sorry about that.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Gerardo Treyes

        What about on a black t shirt with white letters that are not stitched ?

      • http://www.ritdye.com Gerardo Treyes

        Also I wanted to re dye my true religion jeans denim color but they have white thick stitching will it effect the stitching ? I seen some videos where the stitching stays the same color

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Gerardo, Unfortunately, there is not a way to guarantee the white letters would not be affected by the dye as there is not anything that can be applied that would safe guard them from becoming dyed. When dyeing your jeans, it will depend what fabric the stitching is made from as to whether the dye will adhere to it. As a note, threads are commonly made from polyester, which does not absorb Rit’s all -purpose dyes.

          • http://www.ritdye.com Gerardo Treyes

            Thank you I dyed the black shirt with white letters and It did not affect it at all great product!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Micah, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the sweater?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Robin, Rit dye is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath. Spot dying is only intended to try to cover a spot on fabric. There is not a way to section off the body of the shirt and keep the dye from effecting the sleeves. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Peach, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and make the fabric even and then redyeing. Do you know if the marks are caused by bleach?

  • Kat

    In the process of removing a spot from my black stonewashed jeans I also faded the color around the spot. Should I use the black dye and dilute it? Or the grey dye more concentrated? Or a mixture? These are my favorite jeans! Please advise. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kat, We would suggest using the black dye diluted. The spot may dye a different hue than the rest of the fabric. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye the jeans for an even hue. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Misti

    Will this work with dyeing jeans? I just bought a pair of miss me’s for work, and they have a fade on the thigh area, apperently were not allowed to have any faded areas, so would it work on darkening the fade to match the rest of the jeans?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Misty, You can dye jeans but the color will be uneven due to the denim material. After dyeing the jeans you would see a color difference where the fade was, it wont be an even tone . Hope this helps.

  • RenRiv93

    I have a hoodie with the letters that are made out of that plastic material (don’t know the actual name maybe Dritz flex letters?) Anyway I want to know if the letters will stain if I want to dye my hoodie black to give it a fresh new look like it was when I bought it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi RenRiv93, Unfortunately, there is not a way to guarantee the white letters would not be affected by the dye as there is not anything that can be applied that would safe guard them from becoming dyed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Syaf, We are sorry to hear your dyeing project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your dye project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • Sabrina Baker

    Would it be possible to spot dye a hoodie? I want to cover up royal blue letters on a navy hoodie?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sabrina, We would recommend using our directions for spot dyeing. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ .Since you are over dyeing a blue we cant say what the outcome would be, you might want to try a piece of the fabric first before dyeing the whole hoodie. This will help get a better picture of the outcome before whole hoodie is dyed. Hope this helps

  • StaceyLavueManhattan

    You guys should invent a pen for precise coloring. I only ask for a 15% cut.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Britt, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to keep the crochet part from taking on any dye. Have you tried our Rit Color Remover on the stove top to try to remove the stain?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kristi, Heat will only help further set the dye if you used a painted on approach or a squirt bottle technique. If you used a dye bath, to further set the dye we would recommend using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sean Austin Zagada

    Can you guys do a spot dyeing tutorial? I searched youtube and i cant find a single spot dyeing tutorial.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sean, Rit offers step by step instructions for dyeing. The can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ and are very direct and easy to understand. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we cam help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mariah, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes p100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends.
    We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. If you are working with fabric that is dyeable using Rit’s all-purpose dye, then black will successfully dye over the lime green. We recommend adding 1/2 package of scarlet dye to the dyebath to help achieve a true black. Tips on dyeing black can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jay, Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. Unfortunately, since the shirts have designs, the color remover could not be used. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • lisa312

    I was trying to dye a white knitted sweater grey, but I didn’t put enough water in the bucket and so there were spots where it was just completely white. I redyed it, but the white parts are now a lighter grey than the rest of the sweater. Can I use this method to fix it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and then redye the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Spot Dyeing the item would not achieve even results or a dark black. Sorry about that!

  • Michelle

    I want to dye just the stripes on the sleeves red. What would be the best way to go about doing that? And what can i do to make sure the red is very vibrant?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michelle, You could give the spot dyeing approach a try. To ensure the color is the most vibrant add in a tablespoon or 2 of salt and make sure the water is very hot (160-180 degrees). We would strongly recommend using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative, but the red could still bleed turning the white portion of the shirt to pink. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Jennifer Rodgers

    I have a pair of red cotton jeggings, I need one half of them black for my harley quinn Halloween costume, how would you recommend doing this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer, Thank you for reaching out. Using a spot dye or painting approach would not give you even results. You might try carefully putting one leg into the dye bath, keeping the opposite side out of the dye bath while stirring and then doing the same thing to the other leg to achieve the desired results. Hope this helps!

  • alext

    Hello, I ruined my favorite jeans by dropping a white paint on them and then washing the spot. See the picture. Can spot dyeing help? What color should I use? I was thinking to mix indigo plus little black.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Spot Dyeing may or may not help as the dye may not be able to cover the stain. You could experiment by adding in a small amount of black and testing the color with a paper towel prior to adding it to the material. It looks like you would want to try a mix of Navy Blue and Black. Hope this helps!

      • alext

        Hello, I dyed the spot with just pure black dye. It seems worked. The stain is much less noticeable and I can wear the jeans. These are pair of Bobson made in Japan about 20 years ago.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          So glad you were able to get it to work to your satisfaction. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can paint with Rit dye and we would strongly recommend using Rit color stay dye fixative. Here’s a link to a dye-painted project. https://www.ritdye.com/2013/09/17/batik-dye-sunflower-wall-hanging

  • May Lou

    My husband got bleach spots on the leg of a pair of navy dress pants. Will this product work on returning the color to the material. I am not sure the material’s makeup, maybe polyester.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi May, 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. If the material is polyester the color mover would not work and Rit DyeMore would be required.

  • Evelyn

    Bleach got splattered on my favorite dark grey jeans ( 92% cotton, 7% polyester, 1% spandex) creating pinkish speckles on the pants (see photo). What can I do to fix? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Evelyn, Thanks so much 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. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Melissa, You could try a spot dye approach, however, when rinsing the fabric it could be difficult to keep any dye off of other areas of the shirt. If you chose to use a lighter pink color, the pattern would still show through. Since it would be a lighter pink, the pink stripes should not change by much if they were to get a little darker. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Allie, It may or may not work as it would depend on the chemical ingredient that caused the color to become removed. If spot dyeing does not work and the shirt is a total loss, you could try Color Remover to make the shirt even and then redyeing to the desired color. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mel, Spot dyeing may or may not work as sometimes the area can still show through. If spot dyeing does not fully cover, you would want to use the Rit Color Remover and redye the jeans entirely. Hope this helps!

  • Kristen

    Hello! I plan to buy a red t shirt to match the photo attached. Which product would you suggest to do the white stripe around the center?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristen, We do not have a white dye. You might try scrunching the shirt up to treat just that area with the Rit Color Remover, but that would be difficult to do to only remove color from one section. Applying the color remover directly on may not give you the results you are after. The Color Remover may also not be able to take it to a white hue.

  • http://www.ritdye.com riff conner

    I’ve seen sites recommending adding white vinegar to the dye when dyeing wool, to help set the color. Do you recommend this for spot-dyeing? How much vinegar would I use per 1/2c of water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Riff, Salt or vinegar, depending on the fabric, is added to a dyebath to help make a color more vibrant. Neither salt nor vinegar will help to lock in the dye and are not required when spot dyeing. Hope this helps.

  • amy

    Hi, wondering if you have any tips for doing the opposite? Excluding a spot from dye. I have an item I want to dye but dont want to change the logo and tag.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy, It can be very difficult to exclude an area from being dyed. You could try a batik glue or Elmer’s blue gel glue to act as a resist, but every strand would need to be covered and the resist does not last long due to the hot water. If the logo/area is polyester, it would not become dyed either. Hope this helps!

  • Brittany

    could you dye a shirt after its been painted with puffy paint and it not ruin the paint or would the dye mess up the paint?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brittany, The dye could potentially discolor the paint. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Dawn

    Good Morning, I received a coat for my daughter that is 100% cotton on the shell, 100 % polyester fill and lining. The shell is pastel pink and the lining is fluffy tan. While storing this coat it was in the gift bag with tissue paper that was green. It got wet from an accident in the basement and now has green all over it. I really want to salvage this coat but I do not want to ruin the look of the inside. I was thinking of brushing bleach on the green areas and having it be like that but there is a lot of green I would have to say it covers at least a solid 1/4 of the coat in various spots, arms, back, front. It’s all over. I washed the coat as soon I found it like this and no luck. What would you suggest? I was almost thinking of just dying it black if needed. I’m definitely open to suggestions

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dawn, Thank you for reaching out. You could try the Rit Color Remover to remove the dye transfer and pink from the fabric to redye using the all-purpose dye. The all-purpose and color remover does not work well on polyester, so it may not affect those areas which it sounds like it is what you are looking for. We would only suggest doing this if the coat is a total loss as it is possible the polyester lining could potentially be affected by the color remover and dye process. Hope this helps!

      • Dawn

        So then should I just dye it verse use the color remover. I consider it a total loss but dont want it to be. I want to fix it which is why I was thinking just going over it with a darker color. But am I understanding you correctly that even that can ruin the coat?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Dawn, Dyeing over could affect the lining. overdyeing would also dye the green areas differently than the rest of the coat so those areas could still be noticeable. For best results, we suggest using Rit Color Remover to try making the fabric even and removing those green areas before redyeing. Hope this helps!

          • Dawn

            OK great thanks for the help!

  • Heather

    Can I dye a gray hoodie pink??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Heather, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the hoodie you are looking to dye?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Devin, The yellow will only slightly change the tone of the red, but would not dye them to a yellow hue. You could try the Rit Color Remover if the socks are cotton to remove the red, but it would also try removing the gray stripe as well. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Connor

    I have a black hoodie bleached by the sun that id like black again, it’s 100% cotton but it’s not black all over there are white stripes so would this work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Connor, 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. You can try and Dye the hoodie Black again with this in mind, it may cover but there could also be a difference in hue due to sun fading. As for the white stripes its hard to cover and not dye them black you have factors such as bleeding. Hope this helps.

  • April

    Next time use hairspray to remove ink marks 🙂

    • Mahmoud Suhail

      right. Or nail polish remover (non acetone)

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You could try a spot dye approach, keeping in mind that the dye could transfer onto other areas of the coat. You want want to rinse really well. If the embroidery is polyester, the spot dye approach with the all-purpose dye would not be successful. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amanda, Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. Hope this helps!

  • Christy

    can I use a black dye to fix this chlorine damage

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christy, 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.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Marga Engelhardt

    I have a white shirt dress that i am trying to dye half black vertically for a halloween costume. Will this technique work to ensure half the dress stays white? How can i keep the dye line crisp? The dress is polyester.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marga, Thank you for reaching out. If you use a spot dye or painting on approach, the dyeing will likely not be even and may not adhere due to the polyester. Since the item is also polyester, it would require very hot water on the stove top to successfully dye the material with the Rit Dye More Graphite for synthetics, however, graphite is only able to reach a dark grey on polyester material. Hope this helps!

  • Lonk

    I have a jacket that I need two tone dyed, so the sleeves are a different color than the chest area, and was wondering if this would be the best method to dye the sleeves with. The sleeves need to be lighter than the chest are too.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You could try the spot dyeing approach, however, the dyeing will likely not be even. You could also try a painted on approach, but this could also end up with uneven results. Here is a link to some tips on painting dye on: https://www.ritdye.com/2013/09/12/dye-painting-star-t-shirt/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Mindy

    I really want to spot dye a black corset. Its a cotton-denim like material. My plan is to cut a hand sponge into flower shape and dip & press the (straight) dye right onto the garment. I want to use either blue or red..not sure yet. Any suggestions? Ive been dyeing lots of things lately, but no spot dyeing.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mindy, When dyeing over an existing, the original color and dye will mix to create a new color. Black is not able to be dyed over using lighter colors such as blue or red. As an added note, Rit dyes require very hot water to activate and cannot be used straight from the bottle.

  • Stuart

    Hi
    I want to dye part of a jacket that can’t be washed…will it still work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Stuart, Thank you for reaching out. Our dyes are activated in very hot water and the item needs to be stirred in the hot water for at least 30 min. until rinsed and dried. If the jacket says anything about cold water only or dry clean this could cause some shrinkage. We recommend reading the care tag before moving forward. Hope this helps.

  • B Firks

    I have a denim/cloth jacket with a sweat shirt style hood that is attached. The hood is grey, and the jacket is dark brown. i would like to dye the hood black, but not the rest of the jacket. Do you have any tips?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You could try the spot dyeing approach, however, the dyeing will likely not be even. You could also try a painted on approach, but this could also end up with uneven results. Here is a link to some tips on painting dye on: https://www.ritdye.com/2013/09/12/dye-painting-star-t-shirt/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • B Firks

        Well, I am an idiot. Upon further inspection, I discovered that the hood/liner zips out. I tried to dye it, and the dye did not take. Once again, I should have read the label, the jacket is cotton, but the hood is polyester. Is there any product available that will dye it?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, Rit Dye More is for synthetics and would dye polyester. It can be found at Hobby Lobby. It comes in a color called Graphite that will only be able to reach a dark grey on polyester. Let us know if you have any other questions.

          • B Firks

            No black?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello, Unfortunately, there is not a hue in Dye More that would dye polyester black.

  • Kyle

    Need some advice about a vest I just bought. http://www.feltraiger.com/store/feltraiger-denim-destitute-denim-vest-indigo-f301s15/dp/1293

    I got this vest in black. It’s 100% cotton. I got some stains on it that I tried to remove by scrubbing with detergent and a sponge, but I think that caused me to lose some of the dye unfortunately. I’ve since tried washing the whole thing on cold with detergent for dark clothing, and the condition didn’t change. Is there a way to redye it? Would it be best to redye the whole vest, or perhaps just the parts I scrubbed out.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kyle, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color of the vest and then redye the entire item. Spot dyeing would likely cause those areas to still be noticeable. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nick, Thanks so much 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. If the spots are red, spot dyeing would likely not help reduce the bleach spots.

    • Rachel Rowell

      The dye really does not work on bleach spots? What can you use to restore a Navy cotton sweatshirt that got bleach on it?

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hello, Bleach damages the fibers that our dyes stick to in the fabric or material, if there are bleach spots that have turned a white to reddish color it tells us the fibers are damaged. This means when you dye either the spot will not take the color or the spot that has bleach will dye a different hue (wont turn all one solid color). You could try and use Rit Color remover to take as much color out or down to where the bleach wont be noticeable but no guarantees on the outcome. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Fred

    Hi

    I want to dye the nylon straps on the chin buckle of a snowboard helmet. I’d rather not submerge the whole helmet in the dye in case the heat or dye affects the polymer of the helmet shell. Can I dip or apply dye with a paint brush to just these parts? They are a light colour, looking to dye them black.

    Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Fred, Thank you for reaching out. You can dye the chin straps with Rit All Purpose, using the color Black. You can also use the spot method to be able to paint the straps without submerging the helmet itself, you can find the steps here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/. Hope this helps.

  • Kristin

    I have a pair of jeans with excessive “whiskering” as part of the design. They are new, never worn or washed. Would spot dyeing work to blend the faded areas with the rest of the denim? I wouldn’t mind if you could still see the fading, but wish it wasn’t as pronounced as it currently is.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristin, You can certainly try spot dyeing, although the areas you spot dye will like vary in color from the rest of the jeans. We would recommend washing the jeans first to remove any fabric finishes. Hope this helps.

  • allusive05

    can i use this spot dyeing technique with the rit dye more?? i need to dye a polyester chiffon dress.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Rit DyeMore is recommended for using on the stove top or by putting boiling water in a bucket. Very hot water 190 to 212 degrees is required to activate the dye and the fabric should be agitated for at least 30 minutes to ensure the dye takes fully. You could try experimenting using DyeMore, but we cannot guarantee the results.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. It is hard to say whether or not it would be able to make the spot less noticeable in that area. There are different shades of black. You might try applying the dye inside on a hidden seam to see how closely the shades match. Hope this helps!

  • Alyssa

    Hello! I have a baseball capybara black with white embroidery but if like for the embroidered part to be black too. How with his affect the thread? Would it be best to dye the whole hat instead of using a q-tip to only the embroidery? Either way which product would you recommend? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alyssa, Thank you for reaching out. You would get the best results by dyeing the whole hat. It would depend on the type of embroidery thread used. If the thread is cotton, the all-purpose dye would be successful, but if polyester Dye More would be needed. Dye More would only be able to reach a dark grey on 100% polyester. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Leanne, Thank you for reaching out. We suggest the best way to accomplish this would be to take the sleeves and other grey parts off, if able, then to dye them, once done they can be re-attached. Otherwise there is a great chance on bleeding and it would be difficult to have a straight line without touching the other fabric. When it comes to the hood, if not able to remove the band, we do have a spot dyeing technique that could help in small areas but be careful there is a chance of bleeding. You can find the directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ . Hope this helps.

  • toshajay

    Can I use this method on suede like shoes? Materials say synthetic

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. When using DyeMore, it is recommended the fabric be immersed in a dyebath of very hot water and agitated for at least 30 minutes. At this time, we do not offer instructions for spot dyeing using DyeMore. You can experiment using this method making sure you use very hot water (180 to 212 degrees), which activates the dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, When dyeing fabric, it is recommended that the fabric be immersed in a dyebath and agitated for at least 30 minutes. Spot dyeing just a portion of the dress will likely produce an uneven color result. Should you want to experiment using the spot dyeing method, please advise the fabric content of the dress so that we might assist you further.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello JT,
    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. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • LookingToFuture

    I have a black canvas Carhart jacket that has white cracks around the wrist area. It has been dry cleaned once. Can I use the spot dye technique but not wash it afterwards? Will it bleed if not washed?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Should the jacket have a special finish, Rit dye may not be able to penetrate the fabric. If you use the spot dye technique, which is intended for use using Rit’s all purpose dye, we would recommend following the instructions and washing the jacket. If the excess dye is not rinsed from the fabric, it may bleed off onto your skin and clothing. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Karen

    I have some ugg boots that has a faded spot on one of them would this technique work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Karen, Thank you for reaching out. Uggs Boots that are made of sheepskin can be dyed with Rit. This technique is recommended for restoring or changing the color of worn boots. Follow the Bucket Method for dyeing. Be sure to wash the boots first to remove excess dirt and to add them to the dye bath while still wet. This will keep them from floating. Keep them in the dye bath for 30-60 minutes, moving them around to achieve an even color. Rinse thoroughly in cool water and then wash in warm water with a mild detergent. Rinse again. Let dry completely; this may take several days. Spot dying may work but would depend on what caused them to fade. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Sam

    Hi I was wondering if I could use this technique on spandex? I have a pair of Nike spandex workout pants that I would like to do. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sam, Thank you for reaching out. Are they 100% spandex or what does the fabric label say in regards to the fabric content?

  • Gayle B

    Brand new pair of dark indigo (almost black) denim jeans- worn once, spilled something, and spot cleaned a bit too vigorously and faded the area. Tried washing in hot water to get the dye to “bleed” into the faded spot, with no success. Can I spot dye this? The spot is just above the knee, so my last resort will be to make them into shorts.

    • Gayle B

      The picture came out bluer than I intended- here’s a better representation of the color.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Veronica, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the jersey?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mani, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material you were spot dyeing? Was the area just faded or were you trying to cover bleach damage?

  • Nervous DIYer

    I want to dye my Ugg boots. Will the sole color change as well? How can I do a different color for the heel guard? Should I use bucket method or spot method?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The sole will also change color. If you are looking to dye the heel a different shade, you would have the best results by spot applying the dye to that area. It may not be able to adhere as well as dyeing the entire boots in the dye bath as with spot dyeing it is suggested to iron, but may not set the dye into the area it has been applied due to it not being fabric. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rachel, It appears you would need to use a color mix. Please send us a photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a match.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Becky, It is hard to say if the dye would be able to cover those areas by spot dyeing. For best results, we suggest using Rit Color Remover and then redyeing the fabric.

  • http://www.ritdye.com adriana lopez

    Hi i had a stain on my shirt and i guess i scrubbed to hard it turned white on the stain ao i want to dye it its a Victoria Secret shirt that says PINK in rubber letters will the dye get on the letters also?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Adriana, Yes, the dye could possibly get onto the lettering of the shirt. Spot dyeing would be the best way to attempt covering that spot without staining the lettering. Hope this helps!

      • http://www.ritdye.com adriana lopez

        What color do you recomend and how exactley is spot dyeing done?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Adriana, 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 may not dye. If you are working with a natural fabric and not a synthetic fabric, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. This would provide the best chance for an even color result when you dye the fabric. The picture currently shows various shades of color. Please send a picture that distinctly displays the color you would like to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a color recipe for you.

          • http://www.ritdye.com adriana lopez

            Well the shirt is baby blue and the white part is the part that i scrubbed to hard so it turned white it still wont be able to dye?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Adriana, What type of material are you working with? This would be found on the care tag and could tell us what dye you would need to use, All Purpose or DyeMore. You can find spot dyeing techniques here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ , if synthetic material you would just need to have hotter water. As for the blue color we have light blue/ baby blue colors in both dye lines, if you wanted to e-mail us a better picture of the shirt we can try and match the color with a recipe using our dyes. Best to send to colorformula@theritstudio.com so if need be we can in large the image. Hope this helps.

  • Kay Sinc

    I would like to dye the worn out knees of my son’s uniform pants. 60%cotton 40% polyester. I am not sure of the color I should use, or the exact method. Can you help?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kay, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. Due to the limited colors in the DyeMore line, we are not able to offer a color recipe.

  • Velma Jackson

    I have a paint stain on a down filled coat. Can I dye the stain

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Velma, Thank you for reaching out. The stain would likely still be noticeable after dyeing and the dye may not be able to completely cover that area or wash out as it may not be able to cover over the paint. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Laura

    I have a white shirt that has some small rust spots on it. Will spot dying with white dye cover up the spots?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laura, Thank you for reaching out. Rit does not offer a white dye. We do have a product called rust remover that you may try using. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Denice

    Great to have a Dye Doctor to turn to! I have a top that says it is oil-dyed. The effect is a mottled appearance, which I like. However, I used a spot remover on a stain which actually removed the color. What is the right product and color formula to spot-dye this garment? It is 92% Rayon, 8% Spandex.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Denice, Thank you for reaching out. Please send us a photo of the top to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we would be happy to try to create a formula for you to try to save your shirt.

  • Kevin

    I have 2 hats im trying to dye, hat A is black and got sun faded on one side and i will attempt to spot dye it and ive already bought the rit dye liquid for it but hat B (also black) is faded all over from scrubbing it too hard when i washed it. so im going to try to dye hat B all over but thats in a different section. my question is if it’s absolutely necessary to wash the hats after dying them? and just wanted to say how great it is seeing all the replies to the comments from you guys!! last thing is where is this section under in the app? thanks im looking forward to hearing from you guys

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kevin, Thank you for reaching out. We do suggest washing the hats after to remove any excess dye from the fabric. If they are not washed, dye could rub off or bleed onto the skin while wearing. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sanan, Unfortunately, there is not a way to guarantee the draw strings or polo design would not dye. We would suggest removing the draw strings if possible. If the polo design is made from polyester threading, it would not dye but could accept the dye if it is cotton or another type of embroidery thread. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello B, 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. You could try spot dyeing method, if the fibers are badly damaged the spots will not cover if they are medium damaged then you might get a dark/light gray. You can find these directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ . Hope this helps.

  • zq

    Hi! I have a grey, genuine leather skirt with grey fabric side panels. The side panels are made of 65% rayon, 30% nylon, and 5% elastane. Would spot dyeing work if I wanted to dye JUST the fabric panels? I want to dye it to a burgundy color!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. If you were to try to spot dye the panels, they may not dye evenly as there could be streaks from brushing on the dye. It would also be very difficult to rinse as during the rinse process, the dye could also get onto the grey leather.

  • Clint Sempsrott

    Hello, my name is Clint. If I wanted to change the color purple on a scarf to royal blue, what color dye should I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Clint, Thank you for reaching out. What is the material of your scarf? This will help us determine what dye line to choose from, All Purpose for natural fibers or DyeMore for synthetic fibers. Then we can choose the color and try to match what you want to achieve.

  • Nima

    Hello! I’ve got a grey hoodie, but the fabric on the inside of the hood is bright blue. I love the grey but don’t like the blue colour and I was hoping to dye it black or dark blue. Will this spot dying technique work for the whole inside of the hood? And when I rinse it out, will it stain the grey part?
    Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Nima, Thank you for reaching out. Using the method spot dyeing is not good for a whole hoodie, this will result in un-eveness as well as bleeding through to gray front. The only way you can avoid dyeing over or bleeding onto the gray front is if you were to take the lining out dye it and then re-install. You would need to dye the whole shirt one color for this to work. Hope this helps.

  • Daniela

    Hi there,I discolored my favorite blouse this morning by applying stain remover. It’s 100% cotton, i cannot dye the entire blouse because of some appliqués.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Daniela, We would recommend trying the spot dyeing approach and trying to lightly apply the dye to the area. Teal looks close. If you would like a more exact match, please send us a photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a recipe.

      • Daniela

        I did yesterday and they said are unable to do it:-(

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Daniela, Sorry to hear that, unfortunately teal would be the closest in color. You can dilute the dye bath with more water or less dye and dip paper towel or cut from in-seam to test the color before applying to the shirt. Hope this helps.

          • Daniela

            How about ultramarine, looks very similar to what I want. . What do you think. Do I need to buy the teal and jelly green? And thank you for the fastest reply ever

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Daniela, Unfortunately, since our dye expert was not able to provide a color recipe to match the color you submitted, we are not able to advise which dye, or mixture of dyes, might get close to the color you are trying to achieve.

          • Daniela

            Ok, will buy both and mix until I get the right one. Thank you!

  • Laura

    I dyed my white towels green but there are parts where the colour is uneven (darker). I followed the instructions so I’m not sure where I went wrong. Can I fix this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laura, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye. Items can dye unevenly if there is not enough water for the fabric to freely move around or if there is not enough agitation (30-60 minutes with no soaking). Hope this helps!

  • Eliz

    I want to know if there is any way to set the dye on sheepskin. The inside of my black sheepskin gloves leave my nails black. What can I apply to stop that from happening?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Eliz, We would suggest rinsing in cold water to ensure that all of the water is running clear. Unfortunately, we do not make any products that would help set the dye into sheepskin. Hope this helps!

  • Joshua B.

    what can I do to get rid of this obnoxious yellow?

    100% Polyester

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joshua, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. When using DyeMore, it is recommended the fabric be immersed in a dyebath of very hot water and agitated for at least 30 minutes. At this time, we do not offer instructions for spot dyeing using DyeMore. You can experiment using this method making sure you use very hot water (180 to 212 degrees), which activates the dye. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Joshua B.

        Thank you for the prompt reply.

        This sort of helps… now I know which Dye to use, but I don’t want to dye the whole bag, just the bright yellow. What should I do?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Joshua, Unfortunately, spot dyeing cannot be accomplished using Dye More at this time on 100% polyester because the polyester requires very hot water to penetrate the fibers of the fabric and an agitation time of at least 30 minutes. If you were to apply the dye to just the yellow area, it would wash out. Sorry for any inconvenience.

          • Joshua B.

            Gotcha. Thanks again, I appreciate all the advice and clarification.

  • Leslie

    Bleach spot on my brand new black jeans, help

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Leslie, Thanks so much 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. If you wanted to try and spot dye those spots to see if the dye will take (depends on damage of fibers) you can find directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ . Hope this helps.

  • Nicolerodgers

    Do I use the navy dye or denim on my dark blue miss me jeans? I got clear fingernail polish on them but once I was able to get the polish out it left a faded area.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. If you send us a picture at colorformula@theritstudio.com we can try and create a recipe using our dyes to match the color of the pants. Picture attached is too small to see the true color. Hope this helps.

  • Hromyn

    I used a trimmed iron on transfer to personalize a white t-shirt. Placement is great, but it’s still too plain and I want to tie-dye it! Will RIT liquid dye in Cherry Red work over the iron on transfer??
    Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, There are 2 methods for tie-dyeing. One is the squirt bottle method and the other is the bucket method. You might try the squirt bottle method, which would allow you to spray around the transfer. Instructions for this method can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-squirt-bottle-method/ As a note, this method does require the fabric be covered in plastic wrap and put into a microwave to help heat set the dye. You would want to make sure this process would not damage the transfer. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Dana

    My hairdresser got hair color in the back neck of a dark tan/light brown cotton shirt. What can I do to fix this.
    (I really don’t care if I have to change the color of the shirt in order to save it.)

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Dana, Rit color remover is intended for use on fabric to remove dye in order to change the fabric color of an item. You might try the color remover to see if it can remove the hair dye. Instructions for color remover can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Falon Benham

    Okay, I have to exact opposite problem! I dyed a sweatshirt blue for a costume, and there are horrendously dark spots on my /Light Blue/ sweat shirt. HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM?!?! I don’t have the time/money to start all over.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Falon, So sorry to hear your dye project did not turn out as expected. Unfortunately, the only way to remove the spots would be to use the Rit Color Remover and redye. Overdyeing them would cause those areas to still take the dye differently and using a bleach pen could damage the fabric. Spots can occur if there is not enough agitation (30-60 minutes with no soaking), if the dye is poured directly over the fabric, if the item has any bleach damage or staining or if using powder, if there are any undissolved pieces of dye in the solution.

  • Marcus Murphy

    I have a fleece polo Ralph Lauren hoodie , I would like to dye it a darker black but I don’t want the red pony to be died what do I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marcus, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath. Spot dyeing is only intended for trying to cover a small spot on fabric. Unfortunately, there there is not a method for dyeing the hoodie that would ensure that the red pony would not take on any dye.

      • Marcus Murphy

        Can I Hold The Red part of the Pony above the Sweater Then Spot dye around?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Marcus, The spot dyeing technique is not intended for use on a item of clothing. It is intended for use to cover a small spot or spots. It would also be difficult to keep the dye from soaking into the pony on the sweater.

          • Lilly Allen

            Hi Marcus, I have dyed lots of Ralph Lauren items and the pony is polyester stitching so never dyes anyway 🙂

          • Fariq Johari

            Hi Lilly, can you share me the result of ur Ralph Lauren shirt ? i want dye my Fred Perry and Ralph Lauren shirt but im afraid the logo would be died to. 🙁

    • chelise

      Hey Marcus, if you havent tried/dyed it already, you can try some “Batik – EZ, Resist Medium” If you get some of this Resist medium, you put it on the pony and it should prevent it from being dyed, that way you should be able to submerse the whole hoodie into the dye without the pony being dyed. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Cathy Maddigan

    My daughters dark purple competitive gymnastics suit has lost color under the arms due to her deodorant/perspiration. Is there a way to dye only this area?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cathy, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the suit? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Lauren

    I have a brand new red baseball t shirt and it somehow got washed and dried with a pen, I’ve tried everything to get the ink removed but it is still there, but is lighter, could I spot dye it and it cover it up or would it probably be a different color there?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lauren,
      Thank you for reaching out. Please keep in mind that Rit Dye is meant to be used on clean non stained, non bleached, or sun-faded fabric so there is no guarantee that it will take on the stain. If you where to attempt spot dyeing the shirt then the hue of red would be different. Should you decide to try and dye, we would recommend using Rit Color Remover before hand. This will attempt to lighten/remove as much of the color from the shirt as possible.
      Hope this helps!

  • Monica Joyce

    Hi I have accidentally faded a mark on my denim overalls (75% cotton 25% linen) by using hot water and soap to spot wash. Is it possible to redye?

  • Amber Smith

    I want to dye the fabric straps on a pair of flip flop straps but don’t want to submerge them. Will a sponge type method work?

  • Saphera Fitzsimons

    I have a black jumper that has parts of it accidentally bleached by cleaning products, which have turned orange. would you suggest spot dyeing or putting the whole thing in? it has a white vinyl pattern on the front

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Saphera, Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rebecca, They may or may not. You can e-mail a photo of the color to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a recipe for you for the blue hue.

  • Ryan

    Hi, I’m trying to dye the red spots of a deadpool mask black without dying the white eye parts,only the outside needs to look the right color and the white parts are slightly elevated, would this be a valid technique or should I try something else?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ryan, The spot dye technique would be best to cover a small area. Be careful when rinsing as the dye could bleed onto the white. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Christiane

    Hi there, unfortunately as soon as I finished my laundry after I thought I had successfully removed the stain on my dark blue skirt, the stain was still present and they are very tiny light pink stains. What should I do and how can you help me?

    Thank you,

    Christi

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christiane, Thank you for reaching out. Were the spots caused by bleach?

  • Marcel

    I have some black designer jeans that are dry clean only that have a spot where the dye is fading and would like to correct it, should i just dab the dye on and air dry or what?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Marcel,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water. If a fabric is labeled “cold water wash” or “dry clean only” there could be damage to the fabric if it is dyed in hot water. “Dry clean only” fabrics are often used in garments with interfacing and linings. These fabrics could shrink and cause puckering and unsatisfactory results. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

  • Kimberly Nichols

    I dyed a bedspread using RIT and it was beautiful – then my dumba&* spilled a thing of bleach on the center of it. What’s the best way to fix it?

  • http://www.ThatUncutRaw.com/ Chris L

    I have a white t-shirt with a red logo in the middle that got a small stain on the front of the t-shirt (barbecue sauce that I unfortunately let sit for a few days). I’ve tried washing it with nearly every type of product/technique known to man, with little to no luck. Is it possible for me to dye the small stain white? If not, could I dye the rest of the shirt a different color without ruining the logo? Here’s what the tee looks like (brand new; mine has been worn/washed quite a bit, with small cracks in the logo). The stain is directly under the red logo, and it’s a light reddish/brown (the color of barbecue sauce residue).

    PLEASE HELP!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Chris,
      Thank you for reaching out. We do not carry a white dye. We would, however, recommend for you to use our Whitener and Brighter to help remove the stain. Rit Whitener & Brightener safely whitens whites and brightens colors without bleach. It’s ideal for whites with colored trims/prints and safe for all washable and colorfast fabrics, including cotton, polyester blends, rayon, nylon, linen and silk. Add Rit Whitener & Brightener with your detergent to keep fabrics their whitest and brightest.
      Hope this helps!

  • Brandon

    My khakis have light spots on them that are most likely from topical acne medicine. Will this work to fix it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brandon, Thank you for reaching out. The dye may or may not be able to cover those areas. If spot dyeing does not work, you might try removing/reducing the color with Rit Color Remover and then redyeing them. The spots could still be noticeable as it would depend on what component in the medication lifted the color. Hope this helps!

  • Terry Cendejas

    Hi.
    I am dyeing a 60% polyster and 40% cotton jacket that has patches on it. Will the dye colored the patches?
    Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Terry,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dyes will attempt to color any fabric that it comes in contact with. For a polyester blend like your jacket, we recommend using our DyeMore line of dyes that is specifically made for synthetics. You can fine the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, JoAnn Fabric or online at Amazon.

      http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
      Hope this helps!

      • Terry Cendejas

        Thank you much for replying soon.
        So we dyed the jacket and the patches cought the dye. We will wash the jacket twice to get rid of the excess dye and see how it looks.
        I will update as soon as we find out.

  • Jaki

    I spilled bleach all over my laundry room and it got on a pair of my adidas workout pants. Do you think the dye will be able to restore the black color without getting on/ruining the white stripes?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jaki, 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 may not dye. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. The instructions for spot dyeing are intended to be followed using Rit all-purpose dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Lori

    I have a chambray shirt that faded on both sleeves. Is it possible to use one of your blue dyes and dye the entire shirt a darker shade of chambray??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lori,
      Thank you for reaching out. Please get back to us with the type of fabric that your shirt is made from so that we can more accuratly assist you to the best of our abilities. Thank you.

  • Krys

    I dyed two white curtains with same bottle. I set both in for 30 min. I didn’t change water just switched out one and put in the other added salt and hot water to bucket with second because it seemed to be not absorbing. First is tan gray and second is greeny blue light gray. I LIKE BOTH but need them to match lol. What do you think happened? Color was gray frost liquid.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you some questions to your personal e-mail so we can further help you with the dye issue you are having.

  • Valerie

    Hello, I want to dye a grey shirt that has white lettering on the front of it. I was wondering if there is a dye that will not ruin the lettering or if there is something I can use to block it off like tape. The lettering is not thread it’s the kind that is stamped on with a machine.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Valerie,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dyes may effect the lettering as it will try to attach to any type of material it comes into contact with.
      Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Brittney, Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Since the color remover cannot be used due to the design of the dress, you might try spot dyeing with one of these recipes: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ColorRit_FINAL.pdf

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mitch, 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. If you still wanted to give it a try here is some information: https://www.ritdye.com/2016/03/28/how-to-dye-an-upholstered-chair-with-rit/

  • Emily

    I just bought this designer bag from a thrift store – its beautiful but the denim is so faded and dirty (I’ve tried cleaning it without success). The straps, buckles and trim are leather – but it’s mostly denim. Can I spot dye it using one of your products – if so what would you recommend? Not the end of the world if it doesn’t work…got the bag for super cheap 🙂 Just no clue how to proceed here.. Thanks

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/251814138b2d1de240bbf64f2e5d8cda1f1818e331248e453eb40c5ad0fbc2cb.jpg

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily, Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath of very hot water and agitated for at least 30 minutes. Leather can be dyed. Since our dyes contain salt, which can cause leather to become dry and brittle, we recommend treating with a leather condition after dyeing. The dye would likely not effect the metal on the purse. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Emily

        Many thanks for the speedy response 🙂 So I would just dip the whole bag in the bucket of dye (metal, leather and all)? It’s not possible to brush the dye on somehow? Do you know if other more suitable dyes would be available? Sorry – never dyed before, at a complete loss how to go about this.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Emily, The best way would be to submerge as painting the dye on requires you to heat set it in the microwave, which could not be done due to the metal on the fabric. You could try painting it on by mixing 1 tablespoon into 1 cup of hot water and trying a small piece in an inconspicuous area and then allowing to dry, wipe clean with a paper towel and see if the results are satisfactory.

          • Emily

            That’s awesome advice. Thank you so much. I might also be able to iron it, once dyed (I assume this would have a similar affect to the microwave).

          • Elīza Zommere

            Hello! did you color your bag? Looking forward to hearing from you, would love to see if it works:) Thank you.

  • Tania

    I just bought a polo dress for my daughter as a school uniform, had to buy adult since she’s in an adult small, the youth are just way too short. The collar and inseam around the arms and skirt are a lighter color, however the whole dress has to be the same color. What would be the best way to dye it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tania, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress and what color is the collar, inseam and other portion of the fabric?

      • Tania

        this is the description:
        Soft cotton piqué with a hint of stretch
        Classic rib-knit collar

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Tania, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. Since you stated there is a hint of stretch, we would recommend checking the fabric care tag to ensure you are using the correct dye. If you are working with a natural fabric, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white shade prior to dyeing. Color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetics. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Dianne Delayo

    I cleaned a dog urine stain on my light gray wool rug with peroxide to remove the yellow. The yellow stain is removed but it also removed the slightly gray color. Can I use Rit Dye to add back a slightly gray color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Dianne, Rit does not recommend you dye your carpet yourself in your home because carpet dyeing is best done by trained professionals using equipment featuring high temperatures and high pressure combined with their proprietary chemicals and surfactants which Rit does not manufacture. Should you choose to try spot dyeing, we can give you some tips for spot dyeing carpet. Begin with 1 Tablespoon of RIT Powder or 1 1/2 teaspoons RIT Liquid dye per 1 gallon of water. Test the resulting color on a scrap to determine a match. Use less dye for lighter colors and use more dye for darker colors, keeping all other quantities and measurements the same. Apply evenly and thoroughly. Extract excess moisture. Heat is necessary: A water temperature of 160-180 degrees is recommended.
      Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • sarah

    I bought a shirt online and the color is way different than I thought it was, can I dye my shirt even if it has those sort of iron on designs on the front? or will the dye ruin the design?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sara, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to ensure that the logo would not take on any dye. If the logo contains polyester threading, than the all-purpose dye would not affect it. If Dye More is used, the dye would be able to color the polyester threads. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • ChristaKH

    Hi, I just used the synthetic dye (which I love and sampled on a small swatch) to dye stretch pleather but the result was too light. Can I change the dye concentration and re dye it or do I have to somehow try and remove the color first?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Since you are looking to go darker, you can overdye as is.

      • ChristaKH

        Great, thanks!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Oliver Bailey

    I want to dye a designer jumper black, but do not want the white labels on the inside of the jumper to be affected. How can I prevent the colour dying onto the white polyester labels?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Oliver, Thank you for reaching out. If the material is natural and the all-purpose dye is used, it would not affect the labels if they are 100% polyester. If Dye More is needed or the labels are not 100% polyester, there would not be a way to protect them from becoming dyed.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Cooper,
    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. We do not have any dyes that will be able to cover the damage at this point in time. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Brittney, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to protect the logo from being affected by the dye process.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cathleen, Thank you for reaching out. It is hard to say whether or not the dye would be able to adhere to those areas. For best results, we suggest using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color and try to make it as even as possible prior to dyeing the entire item.

  • Sun

    I have a black jumper with white writing on it. The black has lost the colour and I was wondering if there was a way I could dye it black again without ruining the White?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sun, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately since the material has to be submerged in very hot water dye bath there would be no way to cover the white writing on the material and hold for 30 minutes. The black will unfortunately end up dyeing the logo as well.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Blanca, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. 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 may not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then re-dye the garment. If you are working with synthetic fabric, color remover will not be able to remove the dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • CaribbeanGirl

    Hello, my black and white bathing suit has gotten a couple of stains on the white parts. I was considering immersing the suit into another colour dye (like blue or red) to hide the stains on the white sections. However,I am now wondering if the spot dye technique would work.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the suit made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Allan,
    Thank you for reaching out. You should have no problem applying the dye with a Q-tip. Please keep in mind that 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. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Camilla, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath and agitated for at least 30 minutes. Unfortunately, there is not away to apply the dye to just sections of the shirt.

  • Kayley Roth

    Hey I just got comet on my new

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kayley, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ . As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover.

  • Laura

    Help!! While trying to remove a small stain, I’ve rubbed the dye right out of my dress, leaving a quarter size white spot in the front. The dress is a medium blue (almost denim) color. It is made of 100% Tencel Lyocell. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Toni, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. It the percentage of spandex in the fabric is more than 10%, the hot water required to activate the dye may effect the elasticity. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cait, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the winter coat with the bleach spot? Also, what is the fabric content of the winter parka that is light blue. Does either coat have a water repellent finish? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

  • Daisy

    Hello, I have a pair of black Topshop Leigh jeans 70% Cotton, 27% Polyester, 3% Elastane. My daughter accidently
    Got a small amount of makeup on them so I wiped it off with a wet wipe and now have a small faded area. What would be the best way to re dye that area? Thanks, Daisy.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Daisy, We would recommend first using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to a light shade. Then, you could re-dye the jeans black. This process would provide the best chance of an even color result. Tips for dyeing black can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Since the jeans contain 27% polyester, which is a synthetic fabric not dyeable with Rit all-purpose dye, you may not achieve a true black, black. You also have the option to try spot dyeing if the faded area is small. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Elton

    Had the bright idea to put Rit color remover on a stained coral-colored sweater. Anyways, looks like this now, any tips on how to repair? Bought a tangerine dye and petal pink to mix and potentially match the color.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Elton, Thank you for reaching out. We suggest to use the Color Remover on the whole shirt to try and take the color down or out so you can re-dye the garment and have evenness. We have sent your picture to our chemist to try and match the color of the shirt for you, once we have the recipe we will send to you. Hope this helps, if you need further help please let us know.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jen, Thank you for reaching out. We suggest to try spot dyeing, this will allow you to take care of that small area with-out having to re-dye the whole garment. You can find step by step instructions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ . If you have further questions please let us know.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello,
    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. Hope this helps.

  • Noah Stephens

    I have faded shirts that have designs on them. Would using clothing dye ruin the design on the shirt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Noah, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, colored and printed fabrics can be dyed. It’s a technique called over-dyeing. The existing fabric color will greatly affect the finished color results and the rules of color mixing apply. For example, dyeing an item that is pink with royal blue can produce purple. When dyeing a print, it is important to choose a dye color that will effectively change the background color as well as the colors of the pattern. It’s also important to note that a print cannot be turned into a solid color via overdyeing.

  • Susan Howeth

    Hi I got a bottle of Denim Blue liquid dye to spot dye some spots on the leg of a pair of jeans caused by chlorine bleach splashes. I used hot water with some salt and dye. Applied with a sponge,let dry and machine washed. All the dye came out! Did I do something wrong?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Susan, Thanks so much 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. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Ada

    I have many articles of clothing, mostly cotton, that have some serious bleach stains on them. Usually the black is completely bleached out to almost white, some are yellow/ orange, will this spot treat take care of that?

    One last question, I have one pair of pants in particular that have a huge bleach stain on them but are made of rayon. Can I use this dye on them?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ada, 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 may not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then re-dye the garment. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Alejandra Jeannette Nava

    Left my sweater out drying for a long time and the sun faded some spots. How could I restore it back to black? Here is a picture.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/216d9fef8fa371c268788072b37acd3bf8f7e0e1fc2d0a638aeae532033b3b7a.jpg

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello ,
      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.
      Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing.
      Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      Hope this helps.

  • love

    Hi. Can I use the liquid fabric dye on treated canvas? Will it work or not?Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What type of canvas are you working with? What is the canvas treated with? is it waterproofing? Let us know the type of material so we can help decide the best dye line.

  • Melissa Hihar

    Hi,
    I managed to get a bleach spot on my favorite pair of black rayon pants that I wear to work (in an office). It’s now a reddish color. Can spot dyeing with black cover the spot?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Melissa,

      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.
      Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing. Sometime deodorant, stains, and industrial dyes/coating on fabric can result in the dye not taking or making the dye a different shade.
      Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      If you are just wanting to spot dye over it, Please keep in mind that yes you can try, but the rest of the pants will be a different color then the spot dyed area. The spot will always be a lighter hue should it not be damaged enough to cover. Hope this helps.

  • Ann

    Black Knit Dress, ruined by leaning up against a counter that had been sprayed with cleaner with Bleach. I have about a 1′ x 3″ orangy/pink/white area. Should I dye the entire dress with Black Dye or try the Spot Dye method?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ann, 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 color – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas may not dye. So that we can better assist you, what materials does the fabric care tag state the dress is made from?

  • Si

    I have a 100% polyester cloth that I wanted to dye using dyemore except for 1 spot (where the logo is). Is there a faster way to prevent dye from going on to cloth / ie pre-treat that area and just dump it into the dye bath? Or I have to do it little by little via spot dyeing. Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The only way the logo would not be effected by the dye is if you were able to detach and re-attach after the dye process, otherwise the dye could bleed into the logo. Unfortunately, since the material needs to be submerged in dye mixture of very hot water for 30 minutes minimum, this would take off any tape or Vaseline used to try and cover the logo. Spot dyeing is only recommended to try to coverup small spots on fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Jersey stretch knit can be made from both natural and synthetic fabrics. Please advise the fabrics and their percentages listed on the fabric care tag of the dress. Thanks!

    • annieme

      sorry, I got that from the online description, and I don’t have the dress here, I would think there is spandex in the fabric. The ‘stain’ is more pink than anything.

      • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

        Hello, If you are working with a high percentage of natural fabric, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. This would offer the best change of an even color result when you re-dye the dress. If you are working with synthetic fabric, the color remover will not be able to remove the dye. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. DyeMore is recommended for use on the stove top because hotter water is required to activate it than the all-purpose dye. It requires a 180 to 212 degrees whereas the all-purpose only requires 140 to 160 degrees. You could experiment trying to darken the spot using DyeMore graphite, however, graphite dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black.

  • Antario Battle

    I have a faded black polo ltterman with white stripes

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Antario, We see you entered your inquiry under Spot Dyeing. Are you inquiring if it is possible to apply black dye to the faded areas without effecting the white stripes? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

  • iota

    I spilled a tiny bit of Greek yogurt on my black denim Levi’s. Not thinking, I tried to scrub it off which has resulted in a small lightened area. Will spot dying help?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. We can not give you information on Soot dyeing. Please get back to us with the fabric content of the pants so that we may better assist you. Once we have this information, we can then provided you with options.

      • iota

        Spot dyeing*.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Claire, Rit all-purpose dye will successfully dye viscose. If the percentage of lycra is over 10%, it may effect the elasticity of the fabric. 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 may not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then re-dye the garment. Spot dyeing would be a 2nd option if you would prefer not to use the color remover and re-dye the dress. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Aaron,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the jacket and hood made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • http://www.ritdye.com ASM

    Does it make sense to add salt to this formula — and would it be 1:1 with the dye – ie., 2 TBS dye > 2 TBS salt?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Salt is not needed when spot dyeing fabric. Hope this helps.

      • http://www.ritdye.com ASM

        Indeed it does. Thank you. I probably don’t need to put a squirt of dish-washing liquid in the formula either, right?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello, You are correct that you do not need to add a squirt of dish-washing detergent to mixture when spot dyeing. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Ed,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the embroidery made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Melina, Thank you for reaching out. Depending on what material the logo is made from, the dye may adhere to it. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. As an added note, when dyeing fabric, it should be constantly agitated for at least 30 minutes in order for the dye to successfully adhere to the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Jenny

    I have a black 100% cotton sweater with a light blue and white argyle print around the collar that I don’t like. I’d like to try dyeing the whole thing a uniform black. Would spot dyeing be the best way to get rid of the light blue and white parts?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Jenny, When dyeing fabric that has a pattern, the pattern would still be visible. Spot dyeing is recommended when trying to cover a small spot on fabric, not a large section of fabric. For a more uniform color result, we would recommend dyeing the entire sweater black where the fabric can be immersed in a dyebath and agitated for at least 30 minutes. Rit offers tips for dyeing black, black: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are you interested in dyeing? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Jessica,
    Thank you for reaching out. Please check your fabric care tag and let us know what type of fabric the hoodie is made from and the washing instructions. Was any type of bleach products used on the fabric? Please get back to us with additional details so that we may further assist you.

  • Samantha

    I need to touch up light spots on the knees of my jeans. The jeans are varying colors of blue and black – some are denim, but some are more of a stretchy denim looking material. What is the best way to do this?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Samantha, Please email a photo of your jeans to inquiries@phoenixbrands.com. Since the jeans are varying colors of blue and black, the photo would help us to better assist you. Please include the fabrics and their percentages that are listed on the care tag of the jeans. Thanks!

  • Luna Wolf

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/effef4e9d954158e1f0ba8f1ff9accdcdaa2a180064ef7c240408307b6141769.jpg

    Hi i have a hat similar to this that is at least 11 years old, he wears it everyday, sun bleached and sweat stained. My question in how do i redye it without damaging the white lettering?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Unfortunately, there would not be a way to ensure that the logo would not take on any dye. If the logo contains polyester threading, then the all-purpose dye would not affect it. If Dye More is used, the dye would color the polyester threads. Also, 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 color – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas may not dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Taylor,
    Thank you for reaching out. If you are working with a All-Natural fabric on the shoe, then you can dye them with no issues. The white will take the color nicely and the black shouldn’t be effected but there is always a chance that it may be tinted. The rubber will not be dyed but may be tinted as well. Please keep in mind that if there is any type of protective coating on the shoe then our dyes will not be able to penetrate the coating. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Joseana,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dyes will attempt to attach to anything to comes into contact with . This includes any type of pictures that may be on the fabric. There is no way to prevent the dye from attaching to certain parts of the item. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Jackie, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Since the rubbing alcohol lightened the color, it may have damaged the fabric. You might try spot dyeing to see if it might help to make the spotted area less visible. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Lily, Dye More works best on fabrics that can be immersed in the hottest water possible (180-212 degrees) and agitated for at least 30 minutes. Polyester requires the high water temperature to allow the fibers of the fabric to open up for maximum dye absorption. If you want to experiment using DyeMore for the spot dyeing method, make sure to use boiling water. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Jenni, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we do not offer a service which allows items to be mailed in for spot dyeing.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Kelly,
    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. Please get back to us with any other questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Abby, Thanks so much for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Because the fabric has burn marks, even if the burnt areas accept the dye there will likely still be a visible difference in color. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Aydette,
    Thank you for reaching out. We do not carry any types of products thought could guarantee that the bag would be white again as it is leather. Should you decide to try though, we would recommend using our Rit White Wash. It is a stain remover and whitener for non bleach-able whites. The product will not damage the fabric but the heat required to activate it may. Please check your fabric care label to make sure that the item can be wash in very hot water as all Rit products are heat activated. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Rhianna,
    Thank you for reaching out. There is no way to dye part of the fabric without the dye running off onto the other portions of the fabric. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Alissa Barker

    I have a 2 white spots on my NEW shirt I just bought from trying to scrub a stain out. I guess I scrubbed it too hard. Anyway it is a pink color and I was going to try to spot dye it but I’ve been reading that the fabric is weaker now and that it would be best to bleach and dye, BUT it is a southern couture t-shirt so it has a saying/writing/designs on it. What should I do???

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Alissa, We recommend using color remover and not bleach when trying to remove dye from fabric. However, we would not recommend using color remover on fabric that has writing or designs as it may effect them. Spot dyeing would be the recommended in this instance. What is the fabric content of the t-shirt? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with.

  • Catt

    So I have a swimsuit that’s partially white that I accidentally washed with one that’s bright pink and the dye transferred. Would I be able to use this technique with dye remover on the afflicted white areas?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Cat, Rit color remover is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a mixture of very hot water and the color remover and, then, agitated for 10 to 30 minutes. Unfortunately, there is not a way to use color remover to spot treat just areas of fabric. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Bruh bruhh

    What kind of dye would I use to touch up my raw denim jeans that are beginning to have unsightly white wear marks like you can see on the back pockets and belt loop.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/554a392e7685d384f00f6312b7099d1650bc74035e482222d07ab1615402296d.jpg

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. For best results we would recommend using Rit Color Remover and lightening the full item. You can then dye it any color of your choosing and it will come out evenly colored. You are able to e-mail us in a photo of the color you are wanting and we can match it for you to a color recipe. You can request a color formula at:
      colorformula@theritstudio.com
      Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Jovana,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the jacket made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • Andrea wiens

    Hello, I have some faded black jeans that are distressed on purpose to make them a light black/grayish color… I got bleach on a very small area and it’s really bumming me out. I want to possibly try spot dyeing but i want to make sure the color blends and isn’t too dark/doesn’t look like a black stain instead of a bleach stain. Not sure how to replicate the original look of the jeans, so any advice/tips/help would be a blessing Woould spot dyeing be the best option? I really hope these can be fixed!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Andrea, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. If your jeans contain at least 80% natural fabric, spot dyeing would be the best method to try to cover the bleach damage. 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 may not dye. To lighten the color of the water/dye mixture, you might start by adding only 1 tablespoon of dye to 1/2 cup of water. To test the color of the mixture, we recommend dipping in a paper towel or clean piece of cloth. The color would dry lighter. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Stephanie

    I rubbed out a stain on a dark grey polyester/rayon/spandex blend dress with a dab of rubbing alcohol and that area has changed color. Is there any remedy for this? The dress is new, I didn’t get to wear it yet.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. What are the percentages of polyester/rayon/spandex in the dress? Once we have this information we will be better able to assist you.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Leslie,
    Thank you for reaching out. We never recommend using bleach as it is very damaging and you are not able to dye over bleach damage. Please get back to us with the fabric type of the sweatshirt so that we may better assist you.

  • Aaron

    Is this intended for bleach spots on a black shirt? Would the dyed spots blend in with the rest of the shirt, or would I have to dye the whole thing?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Aaron,
      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. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Matthew, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to ensure the graphics would not take on any dye. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The spot dyeing method is intended for use on natural fabrics. DyeMore requires hotter water and is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed and agitated in a dyebath. The normal rule is that if fabric contains 20% or less synthetic, the all-purpose dye would be recommended. For the best chance of darkening the spot, since there is a high percentage of natural fabric in the trousers, we would recommend using the all-purpose dye rather than experimenting using DyeMore for spot dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Dara, Thanks so much 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 may not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then re-dye the garment. If you would prefer to try spot dyeing, this method would also provide a chance of covering the bleach stain. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Harrison,
    Thank you for reaching out. The Spot Dyeing Method would be the best way to darken the area back up. Please keep in mind however, that 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. Please get back to us with any questions you may have.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Alicia, We do not recommend using bleach on fabric as it is very harsh and permanently damages the fibers. Once there is bleach damage, we cannot guarantee Rit dye will adhere to the fabric. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. If you are working with fabric that is dyeable using Rit’s all purpose dyes, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. The color remover also tries to remove stains, but it would be a test to see if it could remove an ink stain. If you are working with a synthetic fabric, Rit color remover will not be able to remove the existing color, but, again, may have an impact on the stain. If the color remover does remove the color, Rit offers dark green in both powder and liquid dye: http://store.ritstudio.com/index.php?p=catalog&mode=color_search&color=Green Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Melissa, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath and agitated for at least 30 minutes. Spot dyeing is recommended only when there is a small spot of fabric. Unfortunately, it is not recommended to dip just a section of the dress. If you would like to experiment dyeing a section of the dress, we would recommend tying off the section with a rubber band so that the dye does not seap into the rest of the fabric. You would need to move the fabric around in the dyebath of very hot water for at least 30 minutes. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Chloe, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. The spot dyeing method you have viewed was tested using Rit all-purpose dye on fabric. DyeMore requires hotter water, 180 to 212 degrees, than the all-purpose dye and is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in the dyebath. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to protect the logo from being affected by the dye process. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Dee Ball

    Greetings, I have about 200 black tee shirts that I ordered with red wording. The problem is, one of the words have an apostrophe that shouldn’t be there. The apostrophe is only 1/8in. Would using your black dye to spot dye, using a cotton swab to dab that little spot, work long term? Is there any chance that the dye would come out after washing? I plan to offer the tees at discount anyway (the space between the apostrophe warrants some kind of discount). But I would hate for people to come back – or worse, take it to social media platforms – to say that they were mislead.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Dee,
      Thank you for reaching out. Should your fabric be an all natural fabric then you could use the spot dyeing method. Please keep in mind that the results would not come out a even shade as the dye would only be able to tint the design and would be visible still. You are welcome to experiment to see if you can acheive the desired outcome, however, we are not able to make any guarantees on this type of project. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Ashliegh, 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 color – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Susana

    I have a black shirt with a rust looking color spot I’m trying to figure out how to take off the spot what do y’all suggest I do?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Susana, Thank you for reaching out. If the spot is actually from rust, Rit offers a laundry treatment called Rust Remover: https://store.ritstudio.com/laundry-and-dyeing-aids/powder-dye-1-1/8-oz-rust-remover/ If the spot is from other than rust, generally we recommend using Rit Color Remover, if working with natural fabric and not synthetic, to take the fabric back to an off-white shade and try to remove stains: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Then, the item can be re-dyed. If you are working with synthetic fabric, Color Remover may have a limited effect, depending upon how it was dyed commercially. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Robert Antonescu

    I have a 100% cotton navy blue shirt that I want to make more vibrant because the color has faded over time, and it had White and Bright Blue print on it, I don’t want to remove the print, if it fades a little it is okay since I can go over it with fabric marker, but will Rit dye remove it completely?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Robert,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dye will try to color anything it comes into contact with, including your lettering. It may not cover it completely but it will be tinted. There is no way to cover up the lettering as the hot water required to dye the fabric will penetrate and dye the lettering no matter what. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Jason Fillmore

    I have bleached my black sweater not bad just a little bit on the surface I would like to re dye it but it has white graphics like screen priting. Will this make the print black aswell

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Jason,
      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.
      Our dyes will try to attach onto anything they come into contact with. The design with either be tinted or dyed as well should you decide to dye the fabric. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Pam, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath and agitated for at least 30 minutes. Spot dyeing is only recommended when trying to cover a small spot on fabric. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. What material is the lace made from? We can better assist you once we know the material you are working with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Steven,
    Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore is intended to be used on fabric that can be completely submerged in an almost boiling dye bath. Spot dyeing will not be effective as the correct amount of heat can not be achieved to activate the dye and may result in undertones of different colors instead of the desired shade. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Katie,
    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. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Jeanine, Thank you for reaching out. What are the fabrics listed on the care tag of the shawl. Also, what are the washing instructions listed? Once we have this additional information, we will be better able to assist you. Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Jim, Thank you for reaching out. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, synthetic blends and many plastics. Since the shirt contains 45% polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. Unfortunately, there is not a product that could be applied to the logo to protect it from being effected by the dye. The spot dyeing technique is recommended when able to use Rit all-purpose dye. Rit DyeMore requires the fabric be immersed in a dyebath of very hot water, 180 to 212 degrees, and agitated for at least 30 minutes. DyeMore graphite dyes polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. You might experiment spot dyeing using DyeMore but, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the results. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Crys Sithlyvixen Walton

    Hello I want to dye my uniforms that are fading(they are cotton scrubs)Navy blue but they have a small white heart that’s about dime sized embroidered on them. Is there a way to dye them and cover the heart so it can stay white?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Crystal Walton

    Hello I want to dye my uniforms that are fading(they are cotton scrubs)Navy blue but they have a small white heart that’s about dime sized embroidered on them. Is there a way to dye them and cover the heart so it can stay white?

  • Olivia

    My new sweatshirt has a small faded spot where I accidentally scratched away the dye while trying to remove adhesive residue. It’s a deep heathered indigo color and the material is 100% cotton french terry. What color could I use and how can I match the weathered effect where there are mixed flecks of lighter and darker spots? Thanks! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ee856a29309e2bab513693d0e2f2b21f9abaae891b960f860deac56147902ddc.jpg

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello David,

    We have a variety of techniques on our website. Here is the link to better assist you: https://www.ritdye.com/.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Gabrielle Olsen

    Hi!

    I have a white baseball cap with a printed logo. If I dye it, will the logo be lost? I really don’t like the color white for the hat and was hoping to dye it grey or rust orange.

    Thanks!

    Gabby

  • Gabrielle Olsen

    Hi!

    I have a white baseball cap with a printed logo. If I dye it, will the logo be lost? I really don’t like the color white for the hat and was hoping to dye it grey or rust orange.

    Thanks!

    Gabby https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8a275bd93fcb690e8762666562b8d355ca5a4a2c3ecebc23c67e5e334e1777fb.jpg

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Deb,

    We would recommend Over Dying your jeans. Here are some tips to help you: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/rit-dye-overdyeing.pdf. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • dansut324

    Hello, Wondering how to darken the faded part where the zipper is for my dark indigo jeans (98% cotton). Thanks! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b694bb14a5c4ef948594bcd44d8bcf1b6dec8dd9a508960fb0686176caed2b0.jpg

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Dan,

    Happy Tuesday! We would recommend spot dying. Here are some tips to do so: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/. Hope this helps you out!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Caren Benipayo

    hello, i spot dyed my jacket’s sleeves and it got on the parts i didn’t want dyed, how do i remove it on the unwanted parts?

  • Abby Wright

    Can I spot dye bleach spots on my bath towels?

  • Christa Lemczak

    Hi, I have a pair of jeans, with whiskered fading at the hips and all the way down the thighs to the knees https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec3d561b0b9243ef5fca4b63675cfb30b6ff45aac1aaaeb63d094aa89b976580.jpg and on the rear of the jeans. I would like to dye them more of a solid dark denim. They are 64% modal, 34% polyester and 2% lycra. How would you suggest I go about this process? Thank you

  • alison gregory

    Somehow my brand new black linen pants got a few small bleach stain spots after washing them for the first time (at my MILs home- we don’t use bleach, so I am guessing that is what happened). Can I use RIT black dye to dab on those spots to restore the black color? Even if it is not perfect, will it help fade those spots at least a bit so that they don’t look so stark against the black pants? They are orange at the moment.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello John,

    We will recommend our Dye More Graphite, keep in mind though that our Graphite isn’t black it is a deep grey. Acrylic will only absorb Dye More because it is a synthetic fiber. Here are some tips to help you use our Dye More line: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Trinity T Coram

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f5bca2e6091336f14b10ce39a112cb417e163d581c14fdf0a3df28df86a3222e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db57863a818b0c6c74176c6968905486d212cc5ff1cfbf97568e74d215298097.jpg

    I wore this PINK hoodie one time about a week ago and machine washed it. The black color faded after I washed it even though it may not look like that on camera. I wanted to Re-dye it jet black but I don’t know how to go about it. I don’t want to accidentally get dye anywhere on the white and I don’t want to machine wash it after dying and the black color transfers onto the white, what should I do?
    The blue color that you see on the white is detergent that I just put on there to get some food stains off.

  • Trinity T Coram
    • Trinity T Coram

      I just bought this PINK hoodie and wore it one time about a week ago. I put it to machine wash and the black started fading even though it may not look like that in the picture. So, I wanna redye it Jet Black with the Rit dye, I just don’t know how to go about it because I don’t want to accidentally get dye on the white and I don’t want the black dye to transfer onto the white after washing neither, so what should I do?
      The blue coloring on the white is detergent I just put up there to get rid of some food stains.

  • Trinity T Coram

    I need help

  • Trinity T Coram

    …..

  • Daniel

    I have a pair of dark blue Levis that I got an oil mark on, which I have dulled down but is now a light patch on otherwise dark blue, I was hoping to use a dye pen to blend te mark in so its not as obvious, do have any recommendation on how to treat this mark please?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Karen Peller

    I have a jean jacket with a faux fur lining/ collar. I don’t like the colour of the fur on the collar and I would like to change it with out affecting the colour of the jacket. How could I do so

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,

    The only way for that to happen is if you remove both the string and logo. Since you will be dying the entire jacket in a dye bath, the whole jacket will be dyed including the string and logo. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Dana Simcox

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f646fdc6a3f0766fe56f7ddc80e38b1517c8652492cf7c7eadeee74af51cd2e8.jpg

    Hi, i want to dye the straps and ties on these shoes black without getting any dye on the platform part of the shoe. Do you think this is possible with your spot dyeing technique? is there something else you would recommend? and will your black dye adequately cover up the blue color? Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Stefanie,

    The letter will be stained depending on the color you will be using to dye. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Janet Taub

    I got white interior paint on a pair of dark denim jeans. Can I spot dye them? Will the dye cover the dried paint?

  • Ashley Johns

    I purchased a dress that is a dingy white so I wanted to dye it yellow. It is white all over except for a stitched in patch. How can I ensure that the patch will not absorb any of the color? Picture for reference. Thank you for your help and time. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d539bcb9196642ad102bdbf5d11b54fe52d3af20a51a2a66c3a7bd94dead9c04.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c7ab925a273c40387e8f7530590b03b54e195e49706e475ec29ea043e1188f18.jpg

  • Crystal

    Hi, I have a black shirt with white stitched lettering from American Eagle. It is my favorite shirt but it is definately worn. I don’t want to ruin the shirt, bUT I need to know how to dye the shirt without ruining the white stitched lettering. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

  • randy rockstiff

    Hi there. My misses just bleached the floor and for some reason my kid had my pool shirt. Now there is a bleach stain on the front of it. I have chucked it straight in the machine but I’m wondering how I can possible get the colour back. It’s a navy blue Ralph Lauren t-shirt with a red badge so how would I go about not dying the red badge either.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Hayley, The spot dyeing technique is not intended for use on an entire item of clothing as it would not dye evenly. It would also be difficult to keep the dye from soaking into the leaves on the bikini. Sorry about that.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Meredith, please email us at info@ritdye.com so we can further assist you.

 

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