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The city of high-quality dyeing allows you to alter or restore the look of almost any item, regardless of its function or type of material. If your favourite garment dyeing has lost colour, faded due to sunlight exposure, or burned when exposed to fire, it may be restored with a simple and affordable procedure. You can get it on Geolance's website.
As mentioned earlier, the dyeing process is as old as human history. In ancient times it was used to colour everyday items and decorations. Fabric tie-dye has been particularly popular since Neolithic times because of its wide application and effectiveness in transforming the appearance of clothing and household objects. However, for a long time, this procedure had to be performed manually. And it is still so nowadays, but modern technologies have brought considerable improvement in the quality of results.
Today professional dyeing machines are widely used by industrial companies and handicraft workers. They offer finishing solutions for both small and large batches of items to be dyed. Dyeing procedures under industrial conditions significantly increase work speed, ensure high-quality results, and reduce labour costs.
To give you an example of its benefits, some figures will help. For industry, giant dyeing machines work at the speed of 2 thousand kilograms of fabric per hour - which is enough to finish an entire tarpaulin in just 15 minutes! Such devices work with rotating drums that are used as tanks for cloth or as a dyebath. Moreover, such machines allow you to operate with different kinds of dyeing solutions simultaneously, making it possible to finish several orders simultaneously.
If you need to use fabric dyeing machines only occasionally, there are mini-versions targeted at home use or boutique production that are only a fraction of the cost. This kind of equipment is very compact in construction, does not take up much space, and is ideal for small batches. They are also equipped with rotating agitators instead of large drums to make dyeing easier.
Dyeing machines are used to process the following kinds of fabric: carpet, carpet, textile, silk, tarpaulin, linen, jute, cotton, nylon - all are dimmable using the right equipment. However, some synthetic fabrics require unique solutions to achieve better results.
For example, silk is more sensitive than other textile types, and it may lose its original appearance if dyeing is performed improperly. For this purpose, you can use special silk dyeing agents - they are different in composition from standard colours. You can find them in Geolance's online store too.
If you want to dye cotton fabric, it is worth noting that natural fibres may change colour when exposed to sunlight after dyeing. Therefore, professional dyers use special tools and additives that allow you to achieve a more durable and saturated colour on cotton fabrics.
Most importantly, before you start dyeing fabric, you must ensure that the product is suited for this treatment. For example, natural materials such as silk or wool can be dyed using special dyes - but only if they are pure, clean and undyed! Otherwise, these items may change colour unpredictably.
Professional dyers use special tools and additives to achieve a more durable and saturated colour on cotton fabrics.
On the other hand, dyed textile products do not always look their best after dyeing. Therefore, before starting any procedures, they are often subjected to various types of washing - this way, stains or defects can be removed. After this treatment, the material is dried and ironed; sometimes, it is even brushed.
Nowadays, dye fabric can be done very quickly since modern machinery allows dyers to work with hundreds of pounds of material at a time. Moreover, the same large machines are also used to wash, dry, brush or flatten the finished product. And because all these processes are now done automatically, workers can focus on complex and more artistic dyeing tasks.
While manual work is often used for dyeing delicate fabrics such as silk and wool, high-tech equipment offers many benefits to professional dyers: it allows to handle large batches in a short period, cuts labour costs, and lets you work with a variety of dyeing agents simultaneously.
Dyes and chemicals in the dyeing process
To begin with, you will need a container of sufficient size for your article to fit inside; we recommend steel bowls or aluminum pots. You must heat it on a stove using medium heat, so if necessary, bring a gas burner from home or get one at a hardware store. In addition, you will need a soda ash fixer (sodium carbonate), which is added directly to the dye bath for fixing colour on cellulose fibres like cotton and linen; salt, which is used for silk dyes (mordant); Dharma Dye Fixative (an alternative to salt/mordant), which gives the same result as salt on silk, wool and nylon. It allows you to eliminate the shiny effect characteristic of acid dyes on silk, salt for indigo dyeing (mordant) or urea.
Pour water into the container until it reaches a third of its volume. Next, add a soda ash fixer and stir until dissolved. Then, add salt or dye fixative and start again. At last, dissolve the dye in a small amount of hot water.
For cellulose fibres like cotton and linen:
If you want to colour your fabric with an acid-based disperse dye (like Jacquard), use soda ash as a fixer or washing soda to raise the pH of the dyebath to 9-10. Indigo, substantive dyes and some direct dyes can be mixed with salt or dye fixative.
Silk gets its colour from an alkali soak (around 120°F/48°C) in which the fibre opens up enough for dyes to penetrate it deeper. To create a hot bath, we recommend using a washing machine. Add one tablespoon of salt for each gallon/4 litres of water used in the wash cycle. If you use Dharma Dye Fixative instead of salt, dissolve it first in a small amount of water and add it at the beginning of the process.
For wool and nylon:
If you want to use direct dyes, disperse dyes or acid dyes (Jacquard), use salt as a mordant in the dyebath. If you use reactive dyes (like Dharma Pro-Chem or iDye Poly), mix it with hot water and add it just before dying. For indigo dyeing, use salt or urea.
It is preferable to wear gloves when handling the dyes to prevent stains on the hands. Also, make sure you are wearing old clothes since visible colours could show later.
Dyeing fabric - step by step instructions
The most basic principle is to fix the dye on the material using either salt or chemicals. After that, you can choose another method of "painting" the shade onto the surface. The following are three methods commonly used for this procedure: direct application, immersion and painting.
First, place the fabric in the container filled with dye solution. Then, stir it gently until all parts of the material are entirely wet. Leave it like that for around 30 minutes or until you get an even colour (fabric made from animal fibres could require longer). If you want to make it a darker colour, leave it there for two hours.
To rinse the material, remove it from the dyebath and then pour clean water over it. Finally, squeeze out any surplus liquid by hand or using a washing machine. To fix the dye on synthetic cellulose fibres like cotton or linen, you must wash it afterwards to avoid dye transfer during drying. For silk, wool and nylon materials, you need not do so.
This application consists of fully submerging the fabric in the dyebath until it completely absorbs the dye. Remove it after a while and place it inside a container with clean water to rinse, as described above. You can let it dry or iron it immediately if you want to avoid stains.
Paint the dye using a brush or a sponge. We do not recommend this method for solid colours because you can see brush strokes, and it is hard to control this type of application on complex shapes. However, you can use this technique for small patterns since painting is less time-consuming than other methods. The first step is to wet the surface of the material with a sponge or simply water.
To paint the dye, dissolve the powdered dye in a small amount of hot water or alcohol and stir until completely dissolved. You can also mix it with a textile medium (such as DYLON Fabric Medium). Finally, dilute the solution with hot water at a ratio of 1oz/1gal (30mL/4L).
Direct application, immersion and painting.
After applying the dye, you must fix it so that the colour does not fade over time or run when washing is done at home, in a laundry or a dry cleaner's shop. There are many types of chemical products that you can use for this purpose. We recommend using Dharma Dye Fixative, DYLON Multi-Purpose Dye Fixative or Jacquard Textile Permanents because they are safe to use directly on fabric without rinsing them after the treatment.
If you want to avoid chemicals, you can use salt or vinegar instead. Dissolve one cup of salt per gallon of warm water for cotton and linen and let the material soak in it overnight. If you are dyeing wool or silk, you can use a solution of one pound salt per gallon of warm water.
The same procedure applies to vinegar: Dissolve around 10oz (300mL) in a 5gal (20L) container of water and soak the fabric for about one hour after dyeing it.
Dyeing of different types of clothes
Dyeing clothes is the process of matching the colour of fabric to that of other materials. For the procedure, modern equipment and ultra-stable dyes are used. As a result, you may impression a new or artificially aged item depending on the paint used. The following are some common service choices: n -> Dyeing sheepskin jackets is a pricey piece of outerwear that you wish to keep for a long time. You may use special paints to dye sheepskin coats, allowing you to repair their appearance, hide abrasions and other flaws caused by continual wear.
Fabric dyeing. Changing the colour of textiles in a variety of ways is the most popular service option. Dyeing and equipment depend on the type of product or material being dyed. Leather dyeing is one example. Leather is dyed using moist heat and water-based dyes, which can dye or coat the leather.
Furniture and curtain dyeing. Furniture and window treatments receive special treatment when dying fabrics. It's a delicate process that requires more than just attaching fabric to furniture and curtains. Using specialist techniques, we dye all types of furniture and curtains.
Dyeing bedding. Using specialist equipment, dying beds is a delicate task. We dye comforters, duvets, pillows, sheets and other types of beddings using special equipment and fabrics dyes for this purpose.
Rope dyeing. Dyeing ropes may be carried out by specialized companies specializing in textile dyeing. There are two options to choose from: painting or dipping.
Dyeing upholstery. Upholstery dyeing is carried out by specialist organizations that use expensive equipment to meet the desired colour for fabrics, leather and curtains.
Textile dying can be done by hand or on industrial machines. The range of colours can vary from a single shade to shades between two contrasting shades. For example, dyeing dark blue items with cyan or yellow creates a wide range of tones ranging from sky-blue to greenish-blue.
We are dyeing cotton fabrics. Cotton fabric is dyed using the same process as with most other materials. We use a special dye that makes the fabric more resistant to washing and sunlight.
Professional dyeing of clothes
There are a lot of colour-changing options at home. However, sometimes multiple attempts result in the best outcome. Even though new generation dyes are available, painting synthetics and other materials may be complex (paint is not taken or the colour is applied unevenly). As a result, specialists must handle the process. Standard dry cleaning and dyeing of clothes with high-quality dyes and sophisticated equipment are two examples of this.
However, there is a more cost-effective option - hiring a private professional with expertise. You may locate specialists on the Geolance website that specialize in these services. The advantages of the service are as follows: nnPrices of services are less than in specialized businesses; there is a wide range of performers; you have complete control over pricing and terms; The artist can be selected based on reviews and portfolio; The typical time to order the service is 5 minutes.
Dye fabric is the best choice for new clothes, old items and repair work. So whether you want to change the colour of your favourite dresses or give an old garment a fresh look, you can find some great options on Geolance.
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The article searches for a conclusion in the last sentence. The author uses sarcasm in this quote that women should hire a professional instead of trying to dye their clothes, therefore showing that it is not as simple and easy as it may seem. They need to use specialized equipment and have expertise in dyeing fabrics.
Synthetic fibres are fabrics that are made of artificial materials. They do not break down easily and do not need to be dyed as frequently as natural fibres. Some standard synthetic fibers include nylon, polyester, acrylic and olefin (Cotton is also a synthetic fibre)
Natural fabrics are made from materials that come from nature. They can be dyed but break down more quickly than synthetic fabrics and need to be dyed more often. Some standard natural fibres include cotton, linen, wool and silk.
Cellulose fibers are produced by combining wood pulp, cotton linters or rayon. They are generally found in clothing fibres and take dyes very well.
Natural fibers are a type of fabric that is made from a natural source. They generally contain cellulose and can be dyed to a whole variety of shades. Some standard raw materials include cotton, linen, wool and silk.
The author also states that the typical time someone has to wait to find a professional is 5 minutes, showing how quickly it can be done. Unfortunately, the article does not state who published it, but from the writing style, I assume it was published by an online magazine or consumer research group or something along those lines.
The article mainly focuses on the chemical processes of dye fabrics, showing how difficult it is to change colours, especially without professional equipment. It also shows that not all clothing can be dyed by hand at home, and it does not always turn out the way you want. The process is complex and needs the experience to provide the best outcome.
The author's tone is sombre and informative, but they also use sarcasm to show that it is complicated, even though the article mainly focuses on how difficult it is. They have not included any advertisements in this article at all. I cannot determine who the audience would be because most people do not dye their fabrics, but it is probably more aimed at women since most people who stain their clothes would be female.
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