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How does someone fix color bleeds in clothes?

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To fix a clothing color bleed, try using bleach, a color dye remover, vinegar or rubbing alcohol. It is best to test the piece of fabric for colorfastness in an unobtrusive area before treating the entire piece.

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Color bleed can occur when a dark garment is accidentally washed with a load of lights. It can also happen on light upholstery or carpet. There are different methods of removal that a person can try.

  1. Bleach
  2. If the bleed happened on plain white clothing, upholstery or carpet, then a person can try to bleach it out. Try a weak solution of bleach and water first and, if it is clothing, soak for a few minutes. For upholstery or carpet, dab the solution on with a clean white cloth. Repeat as necessary.

  3. Color dye remover
  4. There are commercial dye removers that are used in the wash cycle. These are specially made to pull the dye out of fabric. It may be difficult to use dye removers on carpet, but if the upholstery can be washed, the product may be helpful.

  5. Vinegar or rubbing alcohol
  6. Mix a weak solution of vinegar and liquid dishwashing detergent and sponge onto the stain. Leave it on for 30 minutes, blot every 5 minutes and add more solution as necessary. Rinse and repeat, if needed. The same process can be used with rubbing alcohol. However, there is no need to mix the alcohol with the dish soap.

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