Tintex Fabric Dye is a hot-water, direct dye made for most washable fabrics. Suitable fabrics are: cotton, linen, silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, wool and viscose. Tintex is NOT for 100% polyester or 100% acrylic fabric! Blends will dye properly if 65% of the fabric content is a suitable fiber.
You can use our dye in any washing machine or try hand dyeing methods like tie dying or dip dyeing.DYEING TIPS:
Start with clean and damp fabric; prepare your material by washing (avoid using fabric softener). Completely dissolve dye powder in very hot water; temperatures of 140°F (60°C) are ideal for Tintex. You may need to adjust the temperature for delicate fabric. Hand dyeing is the best way to test dye colour and control intensity. Always exercise caution while dyeing with heated water and supervise children.
- Tintex is not suitable for 100% Acrylic or 100% Polyester fabrics. When dyeing fabric blends, for best results the majority of the fabric should be a suitable material.
- Completely dissolve dye solution: thoroughly mix dye powder with a cup or two (250ml to 500ml) of very hot water (ex: use a kettle to heat water). Add the pre-dissolved dye solution to your dye bath (ex: bowl, sink, bucket). Avoid uneven dyeing; only add your fabric once all the dye solution is thoroughly mixed.
- Agitation helps fabric absorb dye. For the best results, your prepared material needs to be completely submerged and moving in your dye bath, for the duration of dyeing. Active dying times may vary from 20 - 60 minutes depending on fabric content and/or desired colour intensity.
- Avoid colour transfer issues and wash/dry freshly dyed fabric alone or with similar colours.
- Always follow the fabric special care instructions. When using Tintex adjust temperature or dyeing technique as needed to get the best result with your material.
- You can use different tools and techniques to create patterns: try painting stencils, spray/squeeze bottle application, dip-dyeing, or tie dyeing (ex: fold, pleat, swirl or crumple fabric before dyeing) methods.
SOME ADVICE ON COLOUR SATURATION:
The amount of Tintex needed for any project depends on the fabric content, weight and the desired colour intensity for your project. Use less dye to make pastels and use more dye for darker or brighter colours. Make new colours by mixing dyes together! Before dying textiles, test colour on a white paper towel or a small piece of your material. Adjust amount of Tintex as needed.