PRO Retayne


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Retayne is a liquid cationic dye fixing agent. It is used as a pre-treatment on commercially dyed cotton fabrics that tend to bleed easily. It also helps to improve the wet fastness when coloring paper pulp. Retayne is helpful as an after treatment for Reactive Dyes where washing facilities are not adequate for complete washout. A more detailed description can be found below, along with directions and the most current SDS.

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How to use Retayne:

  • To test your fabric before treating it with Retayne.
  • Dampen a small square of 100% cotton white muslin.
  • Place it on top of the colored fabric to be tested.
  • Iron the fabrics with a hot iron until dry.
  • Inspect the muslin and if there is any transfer of color, then treat your fabric with Retayne.

Please note: Retayne does not work in energy efficient front loading washing machines. They do not supply enough water to properly treat your fabrics with Retayne. You will need to use a top loader OR treat the fabric in a pot on top of the stove, with enough 140F water for the fabric to move around freely.

Washing machine

  1. Estimate the amount of water needed to cover your fabric. Fill your washing machine to this level with 140°F (60°C) water. Boil water on the stove and add it to the washing machine if your hot tap water is not hot enough.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Retayne for each yard of fabric.
  3. Add dry cotton fabric. Set the washing machine for a 20 minute wash cycle. If necessary, reset your machine during the cycle so the Retayne bath does not go down the drain. Rinse with cold water and dry at once.

Hand wash

  1. Use an old enamel canning kettle or plastic bucket that is not used for food preparation and add water that has been heated to 140°F (60°C). The quantity of water must completely cover the cloth and allow it to move around freely.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Retayne for each yard of fabric.
  3. Add dry fabric. Swish your fabric around in the hot Retayne bath for 20 minutes with a spoon or wooden dowel. After 20 minutes, rinse with cold water and dry at once.

How to care for fabric treated with Retayne:

You only need to treat your fabric once with Retayne, then launder it in cool water with a cold rinse, from then on. Do not wash it in hot water.

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