How to keep tie dye from bleeding
Learning how to tie dye is one thing, but what about how to keep tie dye from bleeding? This is actually quite simple:
- Wearing gloves, remove the t-shirt from the bucket and run under cold water.
- Keep rinsing until the water runs clear (or almost clear – some colours, such as dark blue, will continue to run slightly). The longer you rinse, the less the colours will bleed into the white areas.
- Cut off the ties, wash the shirt in warm water, and hang it to dry.
How to keep tie dye from fading
Once the garment has been tie dyed, it’s essential to know about tie dye fade prevention. For the first few washes, the garment could still run. Be sure to wash separately or with like colours. Certain colours will run more than others – dark blues and purples are particularly troublesome.
Once the dye has properly set, the next challenge is to prevent fading. Hand washing is highly recommended, but cool machine washes will also reduce fading. Turning tie dyed clothing inside out will also help to maintain colour.
Even if the above advice is followed to the letter, over time, the dye is certain to fade slightly. The good news is that tie dyeing can be repeated as often as you like – so if after a few months the garment looks a little washed out, simply repeat the above process!
So, there you have it – now you know how to tie dye a shirt, and how to wash a tie dye shirt without it fading.
Happy tie dyeing!