My maroon dress pants (63% polyester, 33% viscose, 4% elastane), which were washed about 2-3x without issue, have either faded or received bleach damage from leftover remnants in my washing machine. It’s hard to tell if it’s due to fading or bleach, but on various parts of the pants, the maroon color is a shade or two lighter and splotchy. My questions are: how do I know if it’s bleach or fade, and can anything be done to restore them?

Answer

It's hard for me to know without seeing them, but that fact that it is splotchy would suggest bleach caused it. You won't be able to restore the color, so your only option is to re-dye them.

Updated on April 18, 2018

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How to Prevent Fabric Color Transfer, Bleeding, and Fading
By C L Mitchell
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