How to Check for Color Fastness

Not sure if your new clothing will run in the wash or not? Here is a quick and handy way to test it before a disaster occurs!


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    Wet one corner of the garment or fabric item.
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    Leave it for a few minutes. Rest it over the laundry sink while you wait.
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    Get a white cloth or face washer. Press the wet part of the garment onto the white cloth. If any color comes off onto the white cloth, you know that the item is not colorfast and will run in the wash.
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    Wash separately from other clothing until there is no more dye running from it.
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Things You'll Need

  • Original item of clothing or fabric
  • White cloth or face washer
  • Water

Article Info

Categories: Laundry