The official blog of Lemon Fresh Cleaners; Holland, MI

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dyeing Fabrics

Lately, I have been doing lots of dyeing of garments at Lemon Fresh.  Bridesmaid dresses, fur stoles, winter coats, men's dress shirts; they have all been on the project list since the beginning of 2011.

I like dyeing projects, probably because I always enjoy a challenge and I enjoy doing something that not many others will attempt to do for their customers.

Not every garment is a good candidate for dyeing to a different color, however.  I often tell customers who are inquiring that "Dyeing is an art, not a science".  I am good at it, and I usually have a pretty good idea how something will turn out, but there are definitely no guarantees.  Here are a few guidelines:

1.  Natural fibers (cotton, linen, wool, silk) will generally dye much easier than synthetic fibers.  However, I do usually have good success with lightweight polyester fibers, such as chiffon.

2.  You will be happier if you aim for a color range in the final product rather than a very specific shade.

3.  Have patience!  Give us 2-3 weeks for a dyeing project.

4.  The most successful projects are when you are trying to dye to a darker color rather than lighter!

Do you have something you're thinking about having dyed?  I am generally at our 8th Street plant on Fridays from 8 am - 2 pm.  Stop in and let's chat!

...Tami aka. The Laundry Girl

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