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Fix Dye Bleeding from Body Oil

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.

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/1/2016 2:53:54 PM