Q: I have a
striped shirt that has dye bleeding in one small area on the back. I did not
see any problem with the shirt until after it was washed. What could have
caused this dye disturbance in such a local area?
A: Some dyes
are disturbed by perspiration and body oils. In many cases, this condition is
masked by the stains produced during wear and does not become noticeable until
after the water soluble stains are removed during washing. In many cases, the
transferred dyes can be dissolved or removed by drycleaning solvents.
Therefore, drycleaning the item several
times usually improves the appearance sufficiently so that the shirt can be
rewashed and returned to a wearable condition.