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Old 08-15-2016, 09:45 PM   #1
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Washing and dying curtains

Finally got motivated and removed my curtains today. Gave them a good soak in Oxiclean and cold water. Followed by two full washes with Oxiclean. Hung them outside to dry. Pleasantly surprised at how much cleaner they are now. Still find the creamy color boring. I am not sure what material they are made of. Has anyone successfully been able to dye them a darker color?
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This question has been asked before, but those threads might be a while back now. I'll give you a quick answer. Dying has worked for some. Unfortunately, you really need to know content. It influences the mordant that sets the dye. I tried RIT on mine. Didn't work. My curtains are now ultra-dark blue but I was crazy enough to hand paint them with special fabric paint. Took me about 2 gallons for seven panels, front and back, solid color.

If your heart is set on coloring your curtains, here's thought that might freak some out. Try Kool-Aid. There are a few fiber artists including spinners who have hand-painted their yarns with it.
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Starstream (no real name given), thank you for the suggestion. I had forgotten I even asked.
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You're welcome. May or may not be helpful, but if you're really serious about dying, check with Dharma Trading. They carry just about every dye available to hobbyists and professionals. They might even be able to help with fiber content and the most suitable dye for it.
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You're welcome. May or may not be helpful, but if you're really serious about dying, check with Dharma Trading. They carry just about every dye available to hobbyists and professionals. They might even be able to help with fiber content and the most suitable dye for it.

Will do, thank you.
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