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Help!–Color Transfer onto Silk Knit

deerarts | Posted in General Discussion on

I laundered a cream silk knit tunic with pastel woven silk shirts and bras (in bags) using handwash/wool cycle, cold water, Orvus soap, in a front loader. All came out well except the cream knit tunic; there are pinkish blotches here and there. My only thought was it was from the bra # (1, 2, 3,…) I put on my bra labels with a permanent ink sharpie to distinquish identical bras. All of the bras had been washed previously (some, many times). The silk shirts were all fine. I poured some hydrogen peroxide over one blotchy area and quickly rinsed it out, then let the top air dry.

I don’t know what else to do that will not damage the silk yarn. Does anyone have any good ideas??

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  1. HelgaPataki | | #1

    careful with hydrogen peroxide

    it can eat up the fabric. it has eaten through a medium weight cotton woven.  can you try washing it again, cold water, shampoo that is colorless?  try making a bath of this and then soaking it.  when its dry and if its still here, try facing it color side down onto a "terry towel" (white color) and using a pressing cloth, steam it out lightly.  careful you din't want to block the color back into it nor would you want to seal the color back into it.

  2. fabricmaven | | #2

    Help- Color Transfer

    Sorry to hear about your silk tunic. If the peroxide did not remove the stain more than likely it will not come out. What you might consider is tea dyeing your tunic with an herbal tea. A tea with hibiscus flowers. which would leave a light pale pink hue over the entire tunic. Boil water and steep about six tea bags in two cups of water. Then add the tea to a bucket (rubbermaid with handle 6 to 8 gallons of water) . Fill the bucket with warm not hot water then add the wet tunic to the tea water. Swish it around to make sure the tunic is evenly exposed to the tea water. When the color looks like it will blend with the stain rinse it out. Then spin it out in the washing machine. Let it air dry. Just an idea. Silk is very reactive to dye. So once white silk comes in contact with something that bled I don't think you can get it out. 

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