Repair Damaged Clothing and Accessories
Faded Black Clothing
For washable garments: The only recourse is to dye them. You can try this at home, but it's risky: There's a strong chance the dye will not cover
the original color uniformly, says Jane Rising, manager of training at the International Fabricare Institute. Also, only washable
natural fibers, such as cotton and linen, are receptive to dyes (which means the fabric may take the color, but any nylon
thread will not). What's more, dyes tend to rub off on undergarments and leave the inside of the washing machine tinted, which
can ruin your next load―make sure to run a short cycle afterward with old towels to absorb the dye. You could get a dry cleaner
to do the dyeing, but it is expensive (from $100 to $500). "It requires time and work to get the job done right," says Joseph
Hallak Jr., owner of Hallak Cleaners and president of the National Cleaners Association. And even then, he cautions, the success
rate is less than 75 percent.
For dry-clean-only garments: Take them to a dry cleaner to have them dyed professionally, particularly if the clothing is costly, like a gown. But it's going to be pricey, and success is iffy.
Odds of revival: Very low.
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