Running colours when hand-washing my brand new pants? HELP!

  • Fronotoro

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    Sep 13, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    Hey guys, first time I'm here on this forum, and my first post is about clothes (how gay).

    Basically, I just got myself a pair of N2N Bodywear dream lounge pants. It's made of beautiful material, and has such a luxurious silky feel to it. I'll post two pictures of what it's like below for you guys to get a better understanding.

    This is what it generally looks like, doesn't come with hot guy unfortunately:

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    I got myself a black pair, as shown above. I went home quite happy with my purchase, and then decided to hand wash it, using body soap because I was quite worried about the colours running. And to my shock the water started getting stained a dark purplish hue. I was using warm water at this point.

    Later on, I went online and saw that the pants were meant to be machine or hand-washed with cold water, and no bleach.

    Honestly, I have no idea whether my warm water was a cause in the colours running. But later on, I tried the same thing again, this time using cold tap water and the same body soap. The container of water I was using turned the same purplish hue, which quite scared me.

    The pants is 92% polyester and 8% spandex, if that's of any help.

    Essentially, I want to know if I did anything wrong, and if there is any way to prevent the colour bleeding from the pants. Or is this something that is characteristic of this material?

    I have a wrestling suit which is made of similarly stretchable material, and I also experience the same problems when hand washing it. I never want to machine wash these clothes, for fear of what may happen to the colour.

    Help me guys. I want to save these pants.
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    Sep 13, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    First world problem
  • Gaymer

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    Sep 13, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    Why would you wash clothes with body soap? You should still use washing detergent meant for *clothes*

    guh
  • Fronotoro

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    Sep 13, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    Caslon21000 saidFirst world problem


    Don't we have them all.

    Dav488 saidWhy would you wash clothes with body soap? You should still use washing detergent meant for *clothes*

    guh


    It did seem weird that I should use body soap when these are clothes, but that's what the sales person told me. Perhaps I'm being too worried about the cleaning solute to be honest. Any advice is still appreciated.
  • Gaymer

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    Sep 13, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    If you had asked the family owned dry cleaning/laundy business down the road, they probably would have at least scoffed at body soap.

    It is normal for clothes to bleed a little bit. Most items aren't washed or rinsed or anything after the dye has been put in.

    It will bleed. the issue is how much. If it starts to fade the fabric, then you're doing it wrong. If it's the excess dye, then that's normal.

    Keep in mind, it's not too hard to re-dye a piece of fabric. You might just not get the same designer look.
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    Sep 13, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    Did you wash them in a bit hotter water.
    I had a problem like that when got my new CK undies,i was washing my black ones and thy started to make the water black i took them out instantly.
    And washed them again in a bit colder water as i saw it says on the undies 30 degrees temperature when washing.
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    Sep 13, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    Have you never washed a new garment before? They all bleed. Never use warm water for blacks, always cold. Also I use this for doing a load of blacks.

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  • Fronotoro

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    Sep 13, 2012 8:20 PM GMT
    Dav488 saidIf you had asked the family owned dry cleaning/laundy business down the road, they probably would have at least scoffed at body soap.

    It is normal for clothes to bleed a little bit. Most items aren't washed or rinsed or anything after the dye has been put in.

    It will bleed. the issue is how much. If it starts to fade the fabric, then you're doing it wrong. If it's the excess dye, then that's normal.

    Keep in mind, it's not too hard to re-dye a piece of fabric. You might just not get the same designer look.


    Well.. I'm feeling suitably chastised at the moment for using body soap. Any normal detergent should do in that case?

    And to be frank the sales person did tell me to use body soap not exactly for THIS particular clothing item but something that essentially comes from the same line that I bought previously (same material, make, yada yada), so I just extended his logic to these pants.

    I guess in this case I'll have to wash the pants a few more times to get the excess dye out. Haven't heard of re-dyeing fabrics before, but I'll definitely keep that in mind should the colour start to fade eventually.

    And yes, if it isn't already apparent, I'm quite new to the business of washing my own clothes. So thanks for the advice. =)

    Vladimir01 saidDid you wash them in a bit hotter water.
    I had a problem like that when got my new CK undies,i was washing my black ones and thy started to make the water black i took them out instantly.
    And washed them again in a bit colder water as i saw it says on the undies 30 degrees temperature when washing.


    Yes that might explain it. I'll have to change my washing habits.

    Ariodante saidHave you never washed a new garment before? They all bleed. Never use warm water for blacks, always cold. Also I use this for doing a load of blacks.

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    Nope, which would explain why I didn't know that new fabrics bleed. University life is coming my way, so the nitty gritty things like laundry are being experienced for the first time.

    Yes I did see the term "Woolite" floating around the internet when googling this topic. Will have to see if I can get any in my area..
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    Sep 13, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    I thought bleedy-dyes are supposed to be washed in cold water?
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    Sep 13, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    Fronotoro saidUniversity life is coming my way, so the nitty gritty things like laundry are being experienced for the first time.



    D'aww that's cute icon_biggrin.gif When my mom was first trying to teach me how to do laundry I was all yeah yeah whatever, so I basically threw everything into the washer with some multipurpose laundry detergent and I ended up fading and shrinking everything. I think dryers are more damaging than washers though, I try to line dry as much as I can nowadays.
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    Sep 13, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    Dont use the dryer and wash with cold water?
    I never use the dryer. Only to undo some wrinkles because I'm too lazy to iron shit.
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    Sep 13, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    Ariodante said


    D'aww that's cute icon_biggrin.gif When my mom was first trying to teach me how to do laundry I was all yeah yeah whatever, so I basically threw everything into the washer with some multipurpose laundry detergent and I ended up fading and shrinking everything. I think dryers are more damaging than washers though, I try to line dry as much as I can nowadays.


    This brings back memories of my freshman dorm roommate, who did the same thing with his first wash. Only, it turned everything he owned pink. Best part of that was that he was a homophobic asswipe and deserved to have a pink wardrobe.
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    Sep 13, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    Use Tide Cold Water. It will get out stains and keep colors. If you love scent on your clothes and still want clean - Try Gain.
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    Sep 13, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
    I use vinegar to wash new clothes the first time only(using the washer). No gibberish, read about it somewhere. Works well, does no damage, preserves and locks colors in. No, your clothes won't smell at all.
  • LJay

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    Sep 14, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    September should be called Pink Underwear Month on college campuses. Somehow dorms seem to be full of guys who think they can wash their red sweats with their white clothes.

    Vinegar functions as a mordant and will help to set colors. If you run out of fabric softener, you can use vinegar--about 1/4 cup--as fabric softener. Works fine.

    I rarely wash anything in hot water any more. My codtor wants me to use Dreft detergent because of dry skin. A lot of detergents, like Tide and Wisk, are really tough on skin.

    So, freshmen, sort colors, don't crowd the clothes in the washer and line dry if you can. If you have to use a dryer, make sure the lint filter is cleaned out and use low to medium heat. Better to hang damp clothes on plastic hangers than burn them dry with a dryer, expecially if you have clothes made of syntheetic fibers.

    And when you go home at break for your first good meal in months, thank your mom for doing your clothes all those years.

    PS--I got to start washing my own clothes in the fifth grade, hanging them outside, even in the winter, and doing my own ironing. Hasn't hurt me.

  • Webster666

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    Sep 14, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    If all else fails, read the (washing) instructions.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Sep 14, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    With anything new and dark the colors will bleed a little. But I'm not sure how much the colors were running
  • Arcangel7769

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    Sep 14, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidIf all else fails, read the (washing) instructions.


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  • Fronotoro

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    Sep 14, 2012 7:05 PM GMT
    Phew, thanks for all the advice guys. At least now I can move in without feeling so anxious about my clothes. And yes, shall remove the colours from the whites indeed before washing. Don't want to walk around with pink tie-dye clothes (or whatever colour), regardless of sexual orientation. icon_lol.gif
  • Webster666

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    Sep 14, 2012 7:39 PM GMT
    Always wash colors in cold water, and you'll live happily ever after...
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    Sep 14, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    Arcangel7769 said
    Webster666 saidIf all else fails, read the (washing) instructions.


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    The second symbol from right. That's mine. icon_smile.gif