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Unread 07-29-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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How to get fabric bleed stains/stains off a polyester suit??

Hi! I bought Vorona Douglanikov's biker outfit and part of it is synthetic leather which is black and red and the main part of it is white and its a polyester well, i think due to heat at AnimeNEXT somehow the black and red bled into the white part at the seams and I dont know how to get it out...the suit is similar to a zenkai suit. Ant suggestions on getting these out?
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Unread 07-29-2015, 12:34 PM   #2
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This is the costume
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Bleeding color is caused by moisture, temperature is irrelevant.

The good news is that from that photo it isn't very noticeable, meaning 80% of people won't notice. the bad news is that that kind of bleed, particularly on man-made fibers, is hell to get out without ruining the colored portions.
If you just got it, fresh out of the package it's bled, send it back and demand a refund or replacement.
If you've owned it a while and it bled after washing, sorry. Try hand washing with direct application of gentle soap (like Woolite) to the affected areas only, cold water, gentle hand agitation, long soak then thorough rinse. Lay flat to dry on a bath towel (or trampoline, but most people don't own those)
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Unread 07-29-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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I'll add, really low quality materials often don't have good color setting. A lot of costumes are manufactured this way because they assume you are going to wear it once and toss it, not wash and wear again.
If you wore it, got warm (not even really sweaty), left it on a chair in a cold hotel room, packed it in a suitcase a day later, then pulled it out three days layer, this can be enough moisture and time to cause a bleed in a poor quality fabric.
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Unread 07-29-2015, 07:35 PM   #5
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If it's dye bleed, you're going to have a real hard time getting it out. You can try hand-washing with Woolite the way Penlowe described, but if it doesn't budge, there's probably not a lot that can be done. Dye isn't like a food stain - since dye is meant to more or less stay in the fabric, most stain-treating products and detergents are meant to NOT mess with dye. Naturally so, I mean you don't want your clothing to become faded or blotched with dye-remover every time you do laundry, right?

I'd be leery of trying a color remover or dye remover because you don't want it taking color out of the black and red. It's also hard to really say if we don't know exactly what the white fabric is. It could be sewn like a zentai suit, but that doesn't mean it's definitely spandex or what content of lycra or other fibers are in it. So without that information, you're probably hosed, unfortunately. Synthetic leather-look fabrics, likewise, can be ANY content or finish, so we can't really say why it's bleeding or whether there's a fix to stop it from happening again. Chances are, if it's bleeding, it's the worst quality fabric.
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Unread 07-29-2015, 07:56 PM   #6
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CC, Penlowe, have you guys worked with Synthrapol? I always think of it when this sort of things happen, but I don't remember how well it works on things that weren't freshly dyed.
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I need some of that!
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Yeah its less than a year old and they said use goop off
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I've heard OF it...but a long time ago. HMM!

Good luck, Clouds. I hope you have a good result.
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