Can we dye satin, a relatively fragile fabric? Of course, we can! And, before dying, you need to know what type of satin you have:
- Polyester or acetate satin
- Silk stain
Distinguish Satin type: Burn Test
- Cut a small portion of the satin from the seam.
- Place an oven-safe bowl on a flat surface, hold the fabric with tweezers and keep it on the bowl, ignite a lighter and keep the fabric in the flame until it fires. Finally, remove the flame.
- Polyester or acetate satin burns quickly, and produces a stimulating black smoke after the flame has been removed.
- Silk stain burns slowly, producing little or no smoke.
- Place the burn the fabric in a trash can after it has cooled completely.
How to dye Polyester and Acetate Satin
- Pour hot water into a large pot.
- Mix the disperse dyes.
- Soak the satin in hot water and place it in the dye bath. Apply the pot on the stove and boil the water.
- Remove the stain after it has reached your desired shade of color.
- Rinse the stain thoroughly in hot water to remove residual dye.
- Wash the stain with hot water and laundry soap to remove any remaining dyes and seal the color.
How to Dye Silk Satin
- Wear rubber gloves to prevent dye from staining or harming your skin.
- Mix one cup of soda ash with one gallon of room temperature water.
- Soak the stain in this mixture at least 15 minutes.
- Mix the fiber reactive dyes according to the product description, and mix the dye into spray bottles.
- Place the stain flat on the workbench and spray the dye on it. Massage the dye into the garment with your hands until it has reached your desired shade of color.
- Let the dye stay for 24 hours, and spray some water in the stain to keep it wet.
- Place the stain in an area where the temperature is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit to help dye settle.
- Wash the stain in a washing cycle once with cold water to rinse the dye, and then wash it twice in hot water to help the dye settle for good onto the fabric.