Sabinafay Sabinafay
I am soaking my silk and viscose fabrics in soda ash before dying them in a direct dye immersion bath. I understand it removes any finishes and oils etc as well as making the fiber absorb the dye better. Is this correct?
I then proceed to dye with direct dyes. Should I rinse out the fabric after the pre soak? Or is it ok to transfer directly to the dye bath?

I would be most grateful for any help here.
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Jacquardmod Jacquardmod
You can transfer directly.

Is your silk at 10%? Silk doesn't like soda ash much, but if it isn't a large percentage it won't be a problem. Really with direct dyes, you don't need soda ash. Regular salt does a good job of enhancing the color. A single cup of salt for 3lbs or under and 2 for over that works great.
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