I bought a scarlet wool coat, and after the worst snowstorm, I had to take it to the dry cleaners due to it picking up salt and road dirt from the car. The cleaners said they specialized in wool products. After they washed it, though, I’ve been having trouble with crocking; everything it touches turns red. I’m having trouble finding a dye fixative that lists wool as one of the fabrics it helps, especially for an already commercially produced product. Do you have any suggestions?
Did you take it back to the dry cleaners to discuss the issue with them? I'm not sure what chemicals they used and whether they could have destabilized the dye. However, the problem may not have been caused by the dry cleaning at all, likely the poor dying of the material. Only specialized dyes work well on wool fabrics, and they tend to cost more, so sometimes a poorer quality dye is used by manufacturers.
Unfortunately, color fixatives don't help much with crocking, only with color run/bleeding.
Updated on April 20, 2018
By C L Mitchell