The Deal with Different Dye Lots

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Informative Wholesale Linens Different Dye Lots 

At CV Linens, we are filled with questions about shade differences or subtle color differences across our wholesale linens line. We would like to help you understand this phenomenon so we can help ensure your special occasion decor is absolute perfection!


Wholesale Linens Can Come From Different Dye Lots?

When we place an order for wholesale linens with our manufacturer, each item comes in a batch, or “lot.” A lot is what we call the materials that has been dyed a respective color. When we run out of an item, we would place a new order with our manufacturer to get more in stock. This means a new set of materials has to be dyed before it’s made into our specific wholesale linens. External Factors, such as temperature, pigment ratios, barometric pressure, and flow of the fabric, may affect the color result. Because these variables, controlling our lot colors are virtually impossible to control. So the dye lots are made nearly identical in color, but never a true 100% match as previous batches. ALL wholesale linens manufacturers will experience the similar processes with dye lots.


What is a Shade Difference?

When you place an order with us, we will go above and beyond to ensure you are happy with your products. A shade difference occurs when there are multiple dye lots in our wholesale linens inventory. A shade difference can also occur when items from the same dye lot differ slightly. Before an order is shipped out, our Quality Control Team gives your order a final inspection to be sure everything matches. If a shade difference is detected in your order, we will contact you via email with photos of the two colors next to each other, and place a hold on shipping your items to allow for you to determine the next step. Once you see the shade difference yourself, you’re able to decide how you would like to proceed with your order. You may either continue with the shade difference or replace the items from your order. This inspection process saves our customers hours of unexpected surprises, headaches, and having ship an order back to us.


What If The Colors Aren’t Alike at All?

A shade difference implies the colors are only a few shades lighter or darker. In other words, a slight or subtle difference in shade, but still in the realm of what you’re after. In an unfavorable event should a color should come back from our manufacturer as an unmatchable shade, we will never try to pass off the defective colors onto you.


How can I avoid different Dye Lots?

If you’re ordering multiple items of the same color, there is no way to avoid receiving items from two different dye lots. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of shade differences. By ordering all of your items at the same time, it is more probable that all of your items will come from what we have in our current stock. This means your items will likely all be from the same dye lot. By ordering items over a longer period of time it increases the chances of receiving items from different dye lots. When you space out orders for items within the same color, it is more likely an original dye lot will sell out. Depending on the popularity of a product, our stock may sell out within anywhere from a few days to a week. Normally, we encourage our customers to try and purchase all their items immediately as items may sell out.


Feel overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we can help.

We know dye lots and shade differences can be a bit staggering, our Customer Care Team is here to help! For answers to any of your Shade Difference questions, get in touch by either phone, email, or live chat. We’ll be more than happy to assist you! We can also provide photos of our current dye lot before you place your order.

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