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Dyeing 101: Basic Considerations When Using Industrial Laundry Dyes

Because merchandise cost is one of the largest costs to the rental laundry industry, any good operator knows that one of the keys to profitability in this industry is good merchandise management.  Businesses save on merchandise cost by maximizing the usage of their products  – Towels, Linen, Mats, Garments.

One best-practice to maximize the life of the merchandise and save cost is to separate towels based both on their grade as well as intended usage.  Shop towels for example may have several grades during their rental cycle of more than 20 turns.  A shop towel may be used initially as a new white towel.  Once stained, the towel is dyed to a “#1 mechanics red shop towel” and used for many cycles. Eventually after many uses and some fraying  (read more...)

Choosing the Right Textile Dye for Your Needs

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Ever wondered what gives towels and mats their vibrant colors or why table  napkins come in so many different shades and tints of various colors? Well,  these visual candies can be attributed to the use of the textile dye. It may well  be said that constant research performed over the last two centuries has  resulted into the production and development of every imaginable form of dye  available to humans. However, there might still be some that are just waiting to  be discovered.

Regardless of that, the modern textile dye serves more than to beautify  garments and fabrics. Dyes in general have become indispensable tools for a  variety of industries. From acting as colorants for  (read more...)

Keycolour Textile Dyes Used in Sheriff Joe's Pink Underwear

You may have heard about Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “World-Famous” pink underwear for the inmates of the Maricopa County Jail, but did you know that Keycolour is the supplier of the pink textile dyes the Maricopa County Jail uses to turn those ordinary white boxers into a lively shade of pink?

Using Keycolour’s Pink Textile Dyes to Color Maricopa County Jail Inmates’ Underwear

Keycolour is proud to be the one and only supplier of the pink textile dyes used to create the “world-famous” pink underwear of the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, AZ, as implemented by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The interestingly colorful move from white boxers to pink underwear is an effort by Sheriff Joe to prevent inmates from stealing the formerly white boxer shorts. Dyeing it pink makes it easy for the guards to determine whether the inmate  (read more...)

Shop Towel Dyes - Direct Dyes

Shop towel dyes are made using a direct dye. Congo Red was the first direct dye synthesized by  chemist Paul Böttiger in 1883 and patented in 1884, which proved to be the forerunner of a large class of synthetic dyes that are specifically for dyeing cellulose.

Direct dyes get their name from the process that is used for dyeing, wherein they are applied directly to the cellulose without the use of any mordant. Mordants used to be necessary in the dyeing process when trying to dye any cellulose with virtually any natural colorant, prior to the discovery of direct dyes.

Direct dyes are water soluble and can be applied to fabrics such as cotton, rayon, linen, hemp, jute, and ramie. Most of them have limited wet fastness in medium  (read more...)

Recycling used Cotton Shop towels and Rags

Recycling Used Cotton Shop Towels and Rags with Key Colour Dyes.

Is there a way we can dye used towels and rags to make them look new again? Companies are always trying to save money whenever it is possible, so by using an inexpensive dye to color code used cotton goods, they can extend the life of their shop towels and cleaning rags.

New towels may be dyed according to their preferences, for example, they can use light yellow or orange for those that are designated for use for housekeeping. It is recommended that these towels are segregated from other cotton products according to their appointed colors. This can also help employees to differentiate what cleaning formula to use based on the color of the towels.

After  (read more...)

Recycling Nylon Walk-Off Mats

Recycling out-of-service nylon walk-off mats is not only practical, but it is also a smart move. Here’s why. Times are hard, especially when speaking about economic struggles almost everyone nowadays are experiencing. Countless industrial laundry companies have gone out of business and the laundries are encumbered with out-of-service company logo mats and colored walk-off mats that may have a couple of unsightly stains with them.

Here at Keycolour, we offer an overdye kit to change these non-serviceable items into black mats that your company can rent at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new walk-off mats.

How, you ask? The process is actually quite simple. What the kit does is that it uses your existing equipment, which you recolor using our kit. The walk-off mats may be dyed  (read more...)

Dyeing Polyester Napkins

Reclaiming Used Polyester Napkins

At Keycolour, we offer industrial laundry over-dye kits to freshen your customer napery, regardless of the color, for a fraction of the cost that you will have to shell out when purchasing new ones. You don’t have to worry about getting new orange and brown napkins for Thanksgiving or Christmas reds and greens for December. The process cannot get any simpler, as all you need are your existing napkins and the over-dye kits. It takes only about two hours to complete the procedure. Why buy new napery when you can get many more turns for pennies on the dollar?


Maintaining Consistent Quality on Resorts and Hotel Towels

We at Key Colour have noticed that there is a wide variety of shades and quality  (read more...)

Dyes for Shop Towels... Who is the Originator?

One of the many commitments we make to our beloved clients is providing outstanding customer support. We always welcome all questions and suggestions, which we can use to help improve the quality of our shop towel dyes, dyeing kits, and the rest of our products. Just recently we have received this interesting inquiry from a customer named Gene. He wrote:

“I was looking at Keycolour’s website and noticed that is was very similar to another company’s site that sells dyes for shop towels and industrial laundries. What I would like to know is who is the original?” Gene Miller….

Our Response

Thanks for your interest Gene! We appreciate your curiosity and are more than happy to answer your question.

Without any doubt, Keycolour is the original! We have been supplying  (read more...)

Key Colour - Cost Cutting Through Dye Products

Dye products, in an interesting turn of events, plays a very crucial role in today’s industrialized laundry industry. How, you ask? It seems that many laundry businesses are beginning to prefer dyeing old walk-off mats and what not than purchasing new ones. With this in mind, the laundry market has introduced various unique products and solutions that have become widely accepted by many.

You can now re-dye your clothing garments and accessories, as well as other fabrics and garments, to turn them into the colors that you want, as there are a wide array of laundry companies offering their own color code, color library, and best dyeing methods. There is no doubt that each company wants to be at par with the others in such a cutthroat competition where  (read more...)

Key Colour – Leading Provider of Quality Colours

Phoenix (Arizona)-based Keycolour is a premium provider of industrial coloring and laundry dyeing solutions. With its continuous research and development focused on producing the most desirable set of vibrant dyeing colours, Keycolour is able to consistently serve all its customers with a varied set of requirements.

Keycolour also has state-of-the-art color matching laboratories in Chicago and Los Angeles, where skilled technicians and color experts are always engaged in the improvement and development of new colors. No matter what type of fabric or garment you have to dye or re-color, you will surely get a matching color at Keycolour’s store. In fact, Keycolour is one of the rare dyeing products providers that offer hard to get colors to its customers.

Colouring and laundry dyeing solutions provided by Keycolour are very  (read more...)

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