Can You Dye White Lace Curtains Black?

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Laced curtains are pretty, thin-styled curtains usually consisting of light-coloured fabric. You can purchase black lace curtains; however, dyeing your lace curtains at home is impossible. Black lace curtains involve a specific chemical dyeing process that only professional manufacturers can properly do. However, you can make your curtains a darker shade of coffee liquor through tea dyeing.

Curtain Manufacturing

Manufactures put care into creating curtains -- a tedious and time-consuming process. A designer must first decide what fabric she will use for her lace curtains -- either cotton, polyester or a combination of the two. Fabric colours are then chosen by the designer, usually a white, beige or creme colour. These colours are easier to dye and are more prevalent in a household than any other colour. After creating a design for the lace curtains -- consisting of patterns and stitching -- the lace curtain designs go into the manufacturing process where the design becomes reality.

Manufacture Dyeing Process

Upon completion, lace curtains are sorted into two sections for chemical dyeing. Section one consists of lace curtains to be dyed white while section two consists of lace curtains to be dyed specific colours. The curtains are then sent off to the chemical dyeing plant where they are professionally dyed the colour of choice. Thereafter, the lace curtain rolls are stretched out and pass through an oven to be dried.

Natural Colors

Lace curtains are created with natural colours. These natural colours are anywhere between natural white and coffee liquor. Natural colours offer a wide variety of colours while fitting any theme chosen for the household. Natural white is usually chosen for curtains because it looks white until contrasted to actual white. Black, while attractive, is usually not a chosen desire for consumers, so it is created by specific manufacturers.

Dyeing Curtains at Home

Darker coloured curtains can be attained through the process of tea dyeing. Boil a gallon of water, and add four teabags to the mixture. Allow the teabags 15 minutes to saturate the water. Place the coloured curtains into the mixture, and let they soak until they reach your desired colour. This process will only give your curtains a natural colour, consisting of natural white to coffee liquor. For darker coloured curtains, leave the curtains in the mixture longer than for lighter curtains. Mix a gallon of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and place the curtains into the mixture after reaching the desired colour. Let them soak for 15 minutes before rinsing and pressing the lace curtains. Never use chemical black dye on lace curtains as the colour will turn grey, not black.

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