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Topic: Bleaching Poly/Cotton  (Read 2486 times)
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« on: May 05, 2012 02:10:31 PM »


I bought this shirt at a thrift store & turned it into a skirt (I'll post the results later), but I would like to bleach the bottom of it. The "now skirt" is 40% polyester, 60% cotton. Will the fabric bleach/whiten? Will it cause damage/deteriorate? I tried to look for an answer and read that polyester doesn't bleach.

Because of the fabric being cotton & polyester though, will it work?

I guess an intelligent craftswoman should know this...guess I'm not one. Lol.

« Last Edit: May 07, 2012 11:44:57 AM by photojenn - Reason: hotlinked image » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012 07:00:12 PM »

Bleach is scary stuff, and it can and will slowly eat your fabric over time. A bleach stencil I did to a sweatshirt about 2 years ago has slooooowly been creeping outward, despite using vinegar to free the bleach into a gaseous state. From everything I've read, it's best to use a product like Bleach Stop or other antichlor agent, because the gasses released by vinegar are potentially DEADLY. So yeah, I did it outside Tongue

That said, polyester is plastic. Not sure how well that will work out with the bleach. Bleach eats spandex, so it may eat the polyester as well.

Overall, you may want to try a colour-remover (such as the one from RIT or Dharma's house-brand version), as opposed to bleach, as it's safer for both you and your fabric.

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