1. Home

Discuss in my forum

How to Restore Sun Faded Clothes

Submit an Entry: Your Laundry Questions and Answers

By emma

How to Restore Sun Faded Clothes

My Laundry Question

i have a red wool jumper that has be folded and stored with an area in direct sunlight, the sun as bleached the colour and left a noticeable mark across the centre of the jumper. is there a way i can restore the colour or can i dye it to match.

Share a Little Background Info

bleach mark cause by direct sunlight over the summer period roughly around 5 months. i have a red wool jumper that has be folded and stored with an area in direct sunlight, the sun as bleached the colour and left a noticeable mark across the centre of the jumper. is there a way i can restore the colour or can i dye it to match.

Lessons Learned

  • i have tried to wipe it over to see whether any colour will return

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

The sun's ultra violet rays have powerful bleaching powers which is great for white garments but not for colored ones. There is no way to restore the color except to dye the garment. Since it is a natural fiber - wool - it should take dye readily. To help achieve an even coloring, you should first use a color remover on the garment. Then choose a dye shade that is darker than the original red. Follow the package directions carefully and you should have success. You will need to launder the newly dyed garment separately from other clothing for the life of the garment.

Good luck!

Be a part of the Laundry Community

  • Sign Up for the FREE Weekly Newsletter
  • Visit the Laundry Forum
  • Surf Mary’s Laundry Blog
  • Follow Mary's Laundry Tips on Facebook
  • Follow @AboutLaundry on Twitter.
    1. About.com
    2. Home
    3. Laundry & Laundry Rooms

    ©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.