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A 10 Easy-Step Process for Dyeing Shearling Clothing

Want to revamp and dye an old shearling garment? Well, we all know that this is a delicate process, and you don’t want to ruin your precious cloths. But wait… Good news! You can try these ten easy steps and be sure that it will work perfectly!

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How To Dye Shearling

If you have a stained or very old shearling garment that you would not appreciate losing and would like to revamp, you should consider dyeing it! If you decide to give it a try, you should know that Rit Dye is especially good for treating shearling clothes. Next you will find a 10-step process for dyeing any shearling piece, but before that, you have to get:

–      Rit Dye

–      A measuring cup

–      An enamel pot

–      White vinegar

–      A wooden stick

–      Gentle soap

Once you have all of the above, do the following:

  • Take a concealed area of the shearling and dye it to test the tone you want. If you want a lighter color, add more water, for a darker tone, add more dye.
  • Submerge the shearling in warm water ‘till it is completely soaked.
  • Melt 1 packet of powder¾or half a bottle of liquid¾dye in 2 cups of hot water.
  • Get the enamel pot and mix the dissolved dye packet in 3 gallons of water. This will work to dye 1 pound of fabric, if you need more, just adjust the amount accordingly. Please note that the dye will permanently stain the pot.
  • Unwrinkle the garment and immerse it in the dye mix making sure it can move freely.
  • Five minutes later, add half a cup of white vinegar to the dye mix to make the shearling’s color more even and deep.
  • Move the piece of clothing around with the wooden stick for 10 to 30 minutes, until you are happy with the tone.
  • Rinse the piece with warm water and gradually start using colder water until you don’t see any color in it. Do not use hot water, because your garment will shrink.
  • Wash the shearling with a gentle soap and rinse it with cold water.
  • Hang the garment to air-dry in the shade. Once dry, the color will look lighter than when wet.

Mark Doyle writes articles for shearling coats

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