Thursday, December 14, 2006
Thiox and stuff
Animal, vegetable, or mineral?? While you are pondering the answer, here are some things about Thiox... 1. Its real name is Thiourea Dioxide and it is a color removing agent. 2. I buy mine from ProChem and there are directions on the jar. No doubt, Dharma sells it also. 3. It does not destroy fabric so you do not need to treat it afterwards. 4. Unlike bleach, it is safe to use on silk. 5. It is activated by moist heat and does not smell till you steam it. 6. When you steam iron it or boil it (thiox bath), it smells rather vile so you will want to wear a respirator and/ or do it near an open window or outside. 7. It smells similar to discharge paste but is chemically different and may discharge differently. 8. Not everything discharges with Thiox. Some things only discharge with bleach. 9. Bleach and Thiox will discharge the same fabric to different colors. 10. If you steam iron the fabric, you can control how much discharge you have. I boiled those shirts and fabrics from yesterday in a discharge bath, but most often I use it the way I use discharge paste. I'm sure you'll have some excellent guesses as to what the picture above is. I will check back tomorrow.