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In the third article in our series on dyeing we'll explain how to make sure you get the right amount of dye and other components in the dye bath and the correct heat to dye your fabrics at.
Using the right amount of dye in the dye bath is the most important factor in ending up with clothes of the correct colour. It's also very important in ensuring you end up with a completely evenly dyed garment. Here's how you get it right:
|Weight of Fabric :||1525 grams (1.525 kg)|
|Suggested amount of dye :||1 pack per 0.5 kilogram (1lb of fabric)|
|Amount needed for your garment :||1.525 ÷ 0.5|
|= 3.05 packets of dye|
Next wash your fabric but don't dry it.
While doing this, slowly mix the dye in 1 liter of boiling water, while stirring it thoroughly as you mix the dye.
Most dyeing can't be done in a front loader machine, unless it's a specific machine dye, therefore you may need to use a top loader or a large pan on a stove. The reason is simply that you need to keep the dye in the machine drum as long as possible, and all front loading machines have set timers for each wash.
Fill your tub or container with the right amount of water and bring it to the boil. Then add your dye and salt mixing both well in to spread them evenly through the water.
Now you're ready to put the fabric into the dye bath. Do this carefully otherwise you may splash dye onto you or the floor. You're now beginning to dye like the professionals.......
Next week we'll tell you how to complete the process.
Simple and Safe + Effective
Net-Trol Wood Cleaner and Colour Restorer is a safe one-part treatment that restores the natural colour and beauty of wood.
Unlike bleach or chlorine based cleaners it will not damage the wood fibres. Instead it naturally cleans the wood to remove the grey weather beaten look caused by exposure to the sun and rain.
Being natural Net-Trol is safe to use, requiring no specialist equipment or protective clothing and will not harm surrounding plants or shrubs.
A concentrated formula, Net-Trol offers exceptioonal value for money, as it may be used neat or diluted in ratios up to 1:4 with clean fresh water.
Net-Trol is ideal for decking, exterior furniture (including plastic), stone, concrete and GRP. Net-Trol will even remove rust stains.
Net-Trol is ideal for restoring the colour to faded & weathered garden furniture. Suitable to teak and other hardwoods, it restores the rich natural colour and prepares the wood for a penetrating wood finish.
Clean Your Iron While Still Hot
Clean any hot iron simply, with the Ez-Off and a lint free cloth
We're often asked by visitors to the site to find certain products used by professionals and to supply them through DrClean. Perhaps the most requested is anything that might clean an iron easily - and now we've found the perfect answer. Ez-Off is made in the USA and is designed for professionals to clean their commercial irons.
Here's how it's used;
Prepares Any Surface For Paint
Paint on absolutely anything with ESP. Glass - Tiles - Kitchen Units - Absolutely Any Solid Surface
Water-Based ESP (Easy Surface Prep) is a special blend that preparesd and primes the surface in one. It gets high gloss surfaces ready or painting quickly and easily - negating the need for the dusty and dirty job of sanding.
ESP provides a 'micro priming' bonding film that paint really stick to. Just 2 hours after applying ESP you can be painting over it with any water or oil based paint, assured in the knowledge it won't peel.
Easy on the hands and odourless, Owatrol ESP is the easy, quick and effective way to prepare any non-porous surface whether inside or out and being odourless makes it ideal in confined areas. Just clean the surface, apply ESP, wait 2 hours then paint.
Can be applied direct to ceramic and glass surfaces as well as baked enamels, laquers, plastics and many more surfaces.