Sun Fade on white jersey.

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Sometimes when I have had an item for a bit too long on my stall I get  
some fading due to being out in the sun which is an occupational hazard  
I guess.
The most annoying items are the baby bodies that are white which seem to  
fade to yellow. Particularly annoying when they have faded in parts and  
not others.
Previously I have cut them up and re sewn them smaller items or made  
them into patches for other items but all this is labour intensive and  
Today I have tried soaking in hot water with Oxy -action powder and  
white vinegar and than after about 4 hours I have rinsed them out and  
put them outside to dry naturally, but I won't know until they are dry  
if it's been effective.
Any bright ideas as to how I can bring them back?
Claire in Montreal FRANCE

Re: Sun Fade on white jersey.
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With luck, the yellowing is just deteriorating cotton, like the  
yellowing you get in long storage.  That's usually fixable with a good wash.  

The old fashioned remedy would be to add some bluing to the rinse water  
to counteract the yellowing.  Not sure if you've got bluing in France, but  
I see Mrs.Stewarts  in gallon(!) (3.78l) jugs on the site --  
it's usually sold in 8 oz bottles (236 ml) here.  

You might consider pretreating your dyed fabrics before display with a clear  
UV absorbing  dye.  These "optical brighteners" are designed to absorb in the  
UV range and re-emit light energy in the blue range, so they're popular  
ingredients in commercial detergents here that promise to "keep your  
clothes whiter than white".  They're also used to improve the UPF of clothing.

Here is the common form of the additive here in the US (again, from the site: )
and in bulk form from Dharma Trading in the US:

Optical whiteners will protect dyed fabrics from sun damage for a fair  
amount of time, so might be something you want to consider for something
that moves slowly for you.

Re: Sun Fade on white jersey.

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I think I got lucky the soak in Oxy-Action a vanish type and white  
vinegar seems to have saved me. On the white one it's all gone on the  
white with printed pink rosebuds there is a very very faint line  but I  
am looking for it.
I think it's  mostly fade and  a little dirt application from rubbing  
against others when being stacked back into the boxes and put out on the  
stall. I have tried just washing them through before but the square  
patch stayed so this is a great improvement

I think I will try some blue-ing  in the wash for the fabric next time.
And watch my rotation more carefully from now on.
Your advice is very good as ever Kay thank you.

Claire in Montreal FRANCE

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