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Reactive dyeing method - ME brand

Methods of Dyeing cotton with Various Reactive dye brands: 

Application on cotton fabric by various dyes- 

Among these five, below is the explanation of the fourth method.

Explanations -

(4) ME brand reactive dyes - 

Properties of ME brand reactive dyes -
(i) Reactive ME brand dyes have advantages over both mono chloro triazine dyes and vinyl sulphone dyes.
(ii) They are low temperature, high exhaust dyes. These dyes, known as bifunctional dyes as previously mentioned, offer a high grade of all-around fastness properties, including resistance to light, perspiration, chlorine, and peroxide washing, as well as high degrees of exhaustion and fixation, better alkali stability, excellent levelling properties, and high reproducibility.
(iii) As used by the cold pad batch process, reactive ME dyes react with the cellulosic fibres at low temperatures.

Dyeing procedure -
(i) Preparation of products for dyeing -
This is kind of like that of the opposite reactive dyes.

(ii) Preparation of dye solution -
Paste the dye powder with cold water and dissolve by adding water at a temperature, not above 50°C.

Dyeing cycle for reactive ME brand dyes Steps -t
Dyeing cycle for reactive ME brand dyes Steps -t 

(iii) Dyeing cycle -

(1) Set the dye bath at 25°C with acetic acid (carboxylic acid)
(2) make sure that its pH is simply below 7
(3) Adjust pH with ethanoic acid if necessary 
(4) Enter the fabric and run it in the bath for five minutes 
(5) Add pre-dissolved dyes and continue dyeing for 10 minutes
(6) Add the salt in three portions (10%,30% and 60%) during the amount of raising the temperature to 60°C for a half-hour 
(7) Dye for a quarter-hour at 60°C after the last salt addiction
(8) Add the alkali; if washing soda is employed as an alkali, this should be added over 10 minutes. If a mixture of washing soda and hydroxide is employed the premixture should be added over a quarter-hour   
(9) Dye for an extra 30 to 40 minutes at 60°C depending upon the depth of shade
(10) Drop the tub and wash



Reactive ME dye


Glaubers salt or Common salt

50 gpl

Soda ash

20 gpl

Dyeing time

60 minutes

Dyeing temperature


(iv) Washing off and Soaping:
For maximum fastness wash off efficiently after dyeing. The wash-off cycle is given below : 

Time (minutes)


10 minutes

Wash cold

10 minutes

Wash Cold

15 to 30 minutes

Soap at the boil for heavy shades for two 15 minutes soaps are preferred

10 minutes

Wash warm(50°C) Wash cold until the wash liquor is clear
Drop the bath and squeeze and dry the dyed material


Questions -
  1. Which methods are used for the reactive dyeing process?
  2. Describe ME brand for the reactive dyes process.
  3. What is the dyeing process for ME brand reactive dyes?
  4. Which sequence does the ME brand Reactive dyeing process follow?


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 - Rushikesh Patil (Textile Engineer)
(DKTE Society textile engineering college Ichalkaranji)
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