Is it safe to dye dry clean only curtains
  • Hi,

    I need to dye my cream curtains a darker colour, the material is 50% cotton and 50% polyester, the label also states dry clean only.

    Would it be possible to dye them and if so what would be the best way to go about it.

  • No. You cannot dye anything that is not washable. Dyeing inevitably involves a lot of washing. You must pre-wash anything before dyeing it, to remove invisible stains that might repel dye, and you have to wash out excess dye afterwards.

    If you take the risk of washing your curtains, they might survive, or they might be damaged beyond usability. If they're lined, you can expect the lining to shrink either more or less than the rest of the curtain material. If the curtains do survive, you can then consider the question of dyeing them.

  • You have to wash them but wash in cool water not in hot water at all, you should also avoid all-purpose dye.
  • Will it be possible to wash the curtains after the dyeing or not?