If you’re up for a challenge, the results of dyeing curtains can be very satisfying.It’s difficult to choose the right color dye and how much to use.The rest of the process is easy after that.
Step 1: Make sure your curtains are dyed.
Synthetic fabrics do not accept dye as easily as natural fabrics.You should make sure that your curtains are made from a material that can be dyed.Most of the dyes have the same abilities and limitations when it comes to coloring different types of materials.You should check the label of the dye you plan to use to make sure it can handle your fabric type.Cotton, linen, wool, silk, and ramie can be colored with most dyes.Synthetic fibers, like nylon and rayon, are dyeable.Most dyes won’t color fabrics made of polyester, acrylic, acetate, fiberglass, spandex, and metallic fibers.”dry clean only” fabrics are usually off limits.
Step 2: The curtains need to be pre-washed.
If you want to dye the curtains, you need to wash them through a standard washing cycle.Allow the curtains to be partially dried by air or a dryer.Do not use fabric softeners if you use laundry detergent.The way the fabric absorbs dye can be interfered with by finishes or dirt.Pre-washed curtains will absorb dye more accurately.The curtains don’t need to be completely dry, but you should not allow them to remain soaked since the water in the curtains can turn cold and affect the way the dye interacts with the material later on.
Step 3: Pick a color.
Determine the color of your curtains.All you have to do is figure out what hue you want and find the color concentrate that best matches it.You can change the shade by leaving curtains in your dye for a longer period of time.Before buying dye, do some research.Look at pictures and read reviews for each color.Figuring out the exact right choice can be difficult, but you can minimize the risk of choosing an unsatisfactory color by taking the time to check into each option.
Step 4: Remove the existing color from the curtains.
If your curtains are white, off white or a light color, you should be able to dye them.You should use dye removal if your curtains are a brighter color.bleach can make it difficult for fabrics to absorb dye.A dark fabric cannot be dyed lighter.If your dye is a darker hue, the results will be a blend of the dye and the color already on your curtains.Completely removing the original color is a safer approach since the results can be unpredictable.When filling your washing machine with hot water, add three to four packets of dye removal as the tub fills.Once the cycle begins, put your curtains in the washer.They should be allowed to soak in the washer for 10 to 30 minutes.The washer needs to be drained.The curtains should be washed with detergent.You can use a full wash and rinse cycle.Before using the washer again, you should clean it with hot water and detergent.
Step 5: Determine the amount of dye you need.
You should always check brand specifics before making a decision on dye amounts.The amounts are similar based on weight.To find out how heavy your curtains are, weigh them on a scale.The easiest way to do this is to hold the curtains.The weight of the curtains is determined by subtracting the difference.One box of powder dye or 1/2 cup of liquid dye is required for every pound of weight.If you want a lighter shade, you can use less dye.Double this amount for a dark color.
Step 6: The tub should be filled with hot water.
You should use 3 gallons of water for every pound of fabric.When you pour the water into the tub, it should be hot.Most plastic will become stained by the dye.Before filling the tub with water, consider lining it with plastic sheets.If you are using a single tub, this works well.Make sure the amount of water and dye you add to each tub is the same, if you need to split the process up.You could use your washing machine to dye the curtains.The washing machine basin should be filled with the hottest water possible.The rest of the process will follow the same steps.
Step 7: The dye should be prepared.
There are differences between liquid and powder dyes.The best way to prepare your dye is to check the instructions.You will need to vigorously shake a bottle of liquid dye to get it ready.Prepare powder dye by dissolving one packet in 2 cups of hot water.
Step 8: Take the dye and mix it with it.
If you decided to use the washing machine, dump your prepared dye into it.If you don’t know if the dye has spread throughout the water, use a paint stick or board.
Step 9: Take care of the curtains.
If the curtains are dry or cool to the touch, you can quickly soak them in a tub filled with hot water.The dye can be activated by hot water.If the dye bath and curtains are hot, your results will be as pure as possible.
Step 10: The curtains should be placed in the dye bath.
The curtains should be placed in the dye bath, under the water’s surface.They should be allowed to sit in the hot dye for 5 minutes.Don’t stir the curtains during this time.Don’t start the washing cycle yet if you are using a washing machine.
Step 11: Add something to it.
After the first 5 minutes, add 1 cup of salt or white vinegar to the dye bath for every 3 gallons of water.You should also use liquid washing detergent.The dye color is intensified by salt and vinegar.Salt can be used with cotton, linen, ramie, and rayon.You can use it with silk, wool, and nylon.The dye can move more freely through the water and into the fabric.
Step 12: For several hours, soak.
The curtains should be in the dye bath for about two hours after the water has been added.If you want a lighter or darker shade, you can leave the curtains in for a shorter or longer time.You have to check the curtains periodically to get the shade you want.The final shade will usually be a bit lighter when wet.Constantly move the curtains.If you are dyeing the curtains with a machine, make sure to agitate the fabric the entire time.If you are dyeing the curtains in a tub, use a large painting stick or board to stir the fabric.
Step 13: Through a warm wash cycle, run the curtains.
Take the curtains out of the dye bath and put them in the washing machine.Set the rinse cycle to warm water after running the machine through a full hot water cycle.Set your washing machine to heavy soil if you can.If you dyed the curtains in your washing machine, don’t drain the dye bath.The machine can be run using the water inside.
Step 14: Go through a warm/cold cycle.
If you want to add liquid laundry detergent to the washing machine, you have to run it on a warm wash cycle with a cool rinse.Most of the excess dye should have been washed away in the first wash cycle.The second cycle should help set the dye.The water should be clear by the end of your cycle.When the water clears, the dye should no longer bleed off the material.
Step 15: The curtains should be dry.
If the curtains are made from a material that can go through a dryer, the simplest and fastest way to dry them is to toss them into your drying machine and tumbledry them on low until they are dry to the touch.You can hang the curtains on a clothesline.If the day is dry and the sun is bright, then the air should be dry after a day or two.
Step 16: The washer needs to be washed.
Since most of the dye should be out of your washing machine by this point, it’s a good idea to clean it by running it through another cycle.Run the machine through a warm wash cycle with a cool water rinse after adding half a capful of liquid detergent.It’s a good idea to put a little bleach in the washing machine for this step.
Step 17: The curtains should be hung up.
Your curtains should be ready to hang at this point.