I hope someone can help me figure out this mystery!
Random articals of clothing are becoming faded in the laundry. The
faded spots are irregular, almost with a tie-dye type of pattern. It
sometimes fades to a "pinkish" or tangerine hue and eventually to
white after continued wash. (Maybe the fading color differences is due
to the color of the material.) I noticed it happens mostly to light
weight cottons like t-shirts, sheets, but even towels. But it doesn't
target everything in the same load of laundry. The fading tends to be
more prevelant on collars or where the water sits longer (around the
hoods of sweatshirts). Even the rug at next to the shower has faded
to white where the water soaks it!
I have tried to figure out this problem for the past 5 years, here is
what I know so far.
1. I have a shared well, tested the water it is 26 grain of
hardwater. Even though our water softener was only 7yrs old we
purchased a new heavy duty system=no change.
2. No iron in the water (tested)
3. Only use cold, softened water for laundry
4. Same fading with or WITHOUT using laundry soap.
5. Carpet cleaned (yes, how stupid, I forgot about the water) it was
fine until I used a spray foam carpet cleaner several months later.
Now my carpet is faded throughout the house in patterns where the
spray was used. (Tested foam on new carpet piece-it must be the
combination of something left by the water because the foam alone
didn't fade the carpet.)
6. No smell, color, or solids visible in tap water. It tastes good,
doesn't seem to have any problems.
7. Called for further water testing at a lab=they said $800.00 to
start testing. They said never heard of this and may not come up with
a reason after spending thousands! Not much help and they didn't seem
It is an expensive mystery that I hope someone can help me with. All
my kids new school clothes have been ruined! It just makes me sick to
even think of!
Tammy from Wisconsin