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Items of clothing appear to have been dyed after being washed in a washing machine



Coloured patches appear on nylon and elastomeric parts of garments after being washed in a washing machine. This is due to the fabrics absorbing loose dyes from other garments in the same washing machine wash load.

This is a problem caused by mixing the wrong fabrics in a single wash and is not an issue or problem with your washing machine.


None. The damage caused by this issue cannot be reversed.

Cause & Prevention


Some garments when washed bleed a small amount of dye into the wash solution which usually has no or little effect on the colour of other garments.

However, nylon and elastomeric fabrics immediately absorb this loose dye and change colour.


Wash any garments containing white nylon in a "whites only" load to prevent this problem from occuring.


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Post up your question and give images if you possibly can and the guys in the forums will do the rest for you and try to identify the problem you have.

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  Photographs Of Damage

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