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To Make A Terracota Sofa Beautiful Again!
Dylon Fabric Dye - Intense Violet
Member Name: dinosaur9211
Dylon Fabric Dye - Intense Violet
Advantages: lovely colour, easy to use, not too expensive
Disadvantages: running two washes on the machine
Whilst moving into a new flat, I went furniture shopping on eBay to see if I could find any bargains before I bothered to hunt the full priced stuff. Luckily for me, I found a (hideous) terracota sofa which was 99p, but ended at 6am the next morning. Being me, I got up at 6 willing to fight with any ebayer that wanted the sofa, but to my surprise I managed to get it for 99p - over the moon would be an understatement!
Now being 99p, I expected it to have faults which it didn't except for the covers being a little shrunk which hasn't been an issue. But, hating the colour I decided to dye them purple. Dylon has to be one of the best if not the only fabric dye I would ever use - its just so simple to use that you don't really need to be a dye fanatic to understand. I have only so far managed to dye the back 3 cushions, the seat pads and overall covers need to be dyed still, I just haven't got the money to do it right now.
Now the dye comes in 2 types that I have seen, but I think it comes in a tub form too. Anyway, It comes in a packet or a box. The box being the bigger and for more fabric. I brought the box as it said it was useful for 1kg worth of fabric (or one double duvet cover).
The packet of dye (for hand washing) is roughly £3, the 'wash and dye' packet is roughly £6+ (which is for hand or machine wash) and the box (for machine wash) is about £5, you do need to buy salt seperate which you can get from Dylon for a few pence or just buy ordinary salt from the supermarket as it has the same effect. I would recommend the packet for a few items, but if you're dying the amount and weight of material I am, then I'd go for the box.
To use the box of dye, you simply need to pour the dye and salt into the washing machine, add your chosen item(s) and put it on a 40 degree wash. Its as simple as that! The only thing I find a bit annoying is that the dye requires you to run an empty wash straight afterwards to remove traces of the dye from the washing machine.
I think the fact the dye is so easy to use makes it more appealing, it is something anyone can do and it doesn't require much hard work from you, only a washing machine!
When it comes to the dye rinsing from the washing machine, I found that after one was it was fine. I did run it once with some scrap fabric inside to test whether it tinged it purple, but it was completely fine so I'd definitely recommend giving it a shot! I did find that I had to wipe just inside the washing machine where the door closes to make sure that it didn't run - but it came off easily.
When my cushion covers came out of the wash, I hung them on my airer to dry which took quite a long time - which I think is down to the thickness of the fabric. I then put them back on my sofa (which I am sittin on now and I still haven't dyed the rest haha). I noticed straight away that the dye didn't come off on my fingers and didn't stain anything at all which I thought it might do unless I treated it somehow to hold the dye.
I'm really pleased with the colour that the covers came out, they are really violet and fit perfectly with my living room. I didn't think they would cover the red properly or be as vivid as it is - I expected a red/purple mess to be honest! The colour depends on the colour of the fabric you're dying onto, the fabric itself and the amount you put into the wash.
I find the machine dye better than the hand washing dye, as you let the machine do all of the work. The hand dye requires you to keep the garments under the dye for long enough and I think I'd leave them for too little or too long and end up with something hideous!
I am so happy with the fact that my sofa is now (half) looking purple and to be honest - a completely new sofa! If I could upload a picture to dooyoo I definitely would to prove how nice the colour comes out - I really didn't expect for so cheap that I could get such a quality colour.
I would definitely recommend this but be careful when choosing what to dye. If its a large, heavy or lots of item(s) then you'll need more so check this before you buy. I need 3 boxes to do a small 2 seater sofa worth of covers - so this is a rough guide for you!
Summary: very good product - highly recommend