I have a sweater with color faded, and white spots.

Question;  I have a 73% silk and 27%nylon Ann Taylor sweater set which I washed in the washing machine on a delicate cycle, cold water. Though the color faded a little, there are some white spots that look like a Bounce sheet that has dried on it. I did not put it in the dryer, but left hang dry. Is there anyway to remove these white splotches that now give the appearance as if this sweater set was tied dyed? Anyway to restore it back to it’s original one color?  Thank you in advance

Answer; First lets try re washing it to see if it was a matter of it not drying evenly. Some times the spin cycle extracts the water unevenly which creates an appearance that looks like fading.

If that doesn’t work than the white swirls or white hairs are a sign of fading. Once the color fades it’s not possible to replace it however you can try to hide it. We can do this with some vinegar to put in a sheen and some lanolin oil to darken the color. The problem is each time you clean it you will need to re apply the products.

Soak the garment in a solution of 2 gallons of water mixed with 3 oz of white vinegar and 1 oz of lanolin oil. Let the garment soak for about 2 hours to fully penetrate the material then squeeze out the excess water with a towel and hang to dry.

If you want more sheen repeat the process and increase the amount of vinegar but keep in mind the sour smell. To darken the color increase the amount of lanolin oil but excess oil will cause the garment to feel gritty and oily.

If the care label said you can wash the garment then my suggestion is to return it to Ann Taylor. The law requires the manufacture to be responsible for the garment as long as you follow the care label.

Karl Huie
Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco

The First Dry Cleaners to be Certified Green By San Francisco Environment and

The Bay Area Green Business Program Marin County.
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