How to Test clothes for Color Fastness

In general it's best to wash your dark colors separately. The rich colors of clothes can often bleed, so be sure to test before washing anything:

  • 1. Dip a cotton swab in mild laundry detergent and water.
  • 2. Then dab it on a hidden seam to see if any dye comes off on the swab.

Colour fastness test for soaking or washing

  • 1. Dampen a small area of hem or inside seam with water
  • 2. Iron a piece of white fabric or kitchen paper on to it
  • 3. If the paper soaks up any colour, your garment isn't colorfast, so should be washed separately

How do I wash non-colour fast items?

  • Non-colorfast items should be washed separately in cold water and rinsed immediately without soaking
  • Dry cleaning is safer for garments that lose a lot of colour, but check the care first

What should I do if dye runs into other clothes?

  • If a non-colorfast item accidentally slips into your wash you could try using a  reversal product available in your market
  • If an article washed in your machine has released a lot of dye, put your machine on an empty wash cycle before doing the next load. This will stop the loose dye running into the next wash