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Cleaning silk?

How do I clean and what should I use to remove a stain from water marked silk? By: Diane

Cleaning Up After Flooding

Image via Flickr Cleaning homes after a flood can be daunting but taking one step at a time breaks up the huge task into smaller pieces. How to Clean Up Mold After a Flood — Health Hub from Cleveland … http://health.clevelandclinic.orgThu, 05 Sep 2013 10:01:05 GMT The symptoms of short-term mold exposure for many are mild, but can be serious for those with asthma and mold allergies. Act fast to remediate mold after a flood to protect your health. Fema has a booklet that you can print out at Dealing with Mold and Mildew in your Flood Damaged Home  You may not have allergies to mold but to be on the safe side, wear masks when you are inside your water damaged home. Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life.

To Store or to Give Away, That is the Question!

Image via Flickr Before you store your summer clothes make sure they are clean and all spots have been removed.  Excellent storage  ideas from Houzz:  7 steps to packing away your seasonal clothes (and editing the rest) http://www.houzz.comThu, 08 Sep 2011 18:39:18 GMT As much as we may not want it to, fall is approaching, and we have to admit that summer is coming to an end. Out come the fall sweaters and winter coats that have been stored away. To make room for these… It’s that time of year when the sales are everywhere!  Time to stock up while the discounts on white sales last!  The Toronto Star – Out with the old and in with the new converge in final month of summer — … http://www.thestar.com/Aug 23 Summer clothing, linens and storage solutions. Linens and bedding (white sales), winter clothing, air conditioners, sneakers and exercise equipment. Look for Mother’s Day discounts on cosmetics, jewelry and women’s clothing. Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life.

Fire Retardant Fabrics – FR, IFR, DFR?

  Image via Flickr Flame Retardant Fabrics: What’s the Difference between FR, IFR … http://blog.rosebrand.comThu, 06 May 2010 14:00:00 GMT If a fabric is not sufficiently flame resistant to meet a standard, the fabric is labeled Non Flame Retardant (NFR). Fabrics that meet a self-extinguishing standard are categorized as Flame Retardant (FR), Inherently Flame …   All fabrics will ignite, the difference between the above classifications is how quickly the fabrics will self extinguish when exposed to a small flame.    Image via Flickr FOUR MOST FLAMMABLE FABRICS IN YOUR HOME (GUEST POST) http://www.blog4safety.comFri, 12 Apr 2013 14:21:59 GMT Heavy and tightly-knitted linen, cotton, lyocel and rayon fabrics, while flammable, tend to be more flame–resistant than fabrics that are lightweight and more loosely knit. Increased Flammability and Treatment. Untreated natural …   It is so nice to find further research on the durability of flame resistant fabric! Scholars Week Preview: Can ‘green’ laundry products make … http://blogs.baylor.eduThu, 04 Apr 2013 21:00:10 GMT Moore began with samples of flame–resistant fabric of the type commonly used in children’s sleepwear. She washed one set of samples using organic, plant-based detergent, while washing another, identical set of samples …   Many important applications of Fire-Resistant clothing including our armed services: Navy Testing New Fire–Resistant Clothing | Armed with Science http://science.dodlive.milThu, 14 Mar 2013 11:43:22 GMT The upgraded apparel is made of moisture-wicking, fire–resistant fabric and intended to replace the all-cotton flight deck jerseys issued to personnel today. Prototype jerseys in five different fabrics are being evaluated by … The importance of Nanotechnology is more and more apparent in this new study: Nanocoating helps fight furniture fires without toxic flame retardants … – Phys.Org http://news.google.comMon, 06 May 2013 11:18:03 GMT Nanocoating helps fight furniture fires without toxic flame retardants …Phys.Org”This new flame retardant nanocoating functions by generating a ‘gas blanket to starve the surface of burning object of oxygen,” Grunlan said. “No oxygen means no fire. …          

Mysterious Carpet Spots?

Image via Flickr Do you have spots on your carpet that seem to mysteriously appear?  I had my carpets cleaned less than a year ago yet they appear to have grime and spots from mysterious visitors.  The carpet on the left isn’t my carpet but mine looks just as bad.  The cleaning company said that the products they used for cleaning did not leave a residue….  not true! The only floor cleaning product that I know of that doesn’t leave a residue is Procyon.  David Webster, author of articles on Procyon, suggests a test to see if your floor cleaning product leaves a residue:  Detergent Residue http://www.healthier-cleaning-products.com1/19/08 Detergent Residue. Get the dirt on carpet detergent residue. What do your cleaning products leave behind? Do any of the following apply to you? Have you ever cleaned a spot which mysteriously reappears a few days or weeks later? As more people report allergies, more research is being done on what causes these allergies.  Skin allergies or just plain itching is not only irritating, the scratched skin can invite bacteria.  As I was researching for this article I found other concerns when soaps or detergents leave residue:  Cleaning Without Itching – Allergy Free Soaps & Detergents … http://blog.scratchmenot.com3/6/13 Soaps Stick. No matter how great the rinse cycle may be on your washer, or how hard you scrub in the shower, residue from the soaps we use every day will stick around. Soaps left in clothing will transfer to the skin when work – and especially …   I have two big dogs, Faith and Stormy who occasionally have accidents that can’t immediately be cleaned by scrubbing with the SpotBot.  When this happens, I just dampen the spot with Procyon and cover with a towel.  Within a few hours the spot is gone without further scrubbing or adding more product.  Since the product is non toxic, I don’t worry about the dogs coming in contact with the liquid and absorbing it into their skin.   Please note:  I do not sell Procyon or SpotBot nor do I receive any funds or products from either of the companies.  Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net  

Less is More

Image via Flickr Less is more and other spring cleaning hints.  Spring cleaning, the green way – UpperMichigansSource.com news.google.com Spring cleaning, the green wayUpperMichigansSource.comMARQUETTE — If you’ve been thinking about getting out the cleaning supplies sometime soon, now is the best time to consider spring cleaning your home in an environmentally friendly way. According … Did you know that dust can damage fabric?  Dust particles aren’t always round and fuzzy, they can have sharp edges that cause wear on fibers.  Before dry cleaning was invented people brushed their garments that couldn’t be washed, then hung the garments out to air.  Today cleaning companies recommend vacuuming not just rungs but also curtains, bedding and furniture to remove dust and particles that can damage fibers. Image via Flickr Closets that are packed with garments is another cause of wear on fabrics.  Spring cleaning and weeding out clothes that we have not worn for a year will ease the closet crowding. More inspiration from Tatertots and Jello:  Great Ideas – 22 Spring Organizing Projects – Tatertots and Jello http://tatertotsandjello.com/Mar 17 Whatever the reason, I am in full Spring Cleaning mode. Office Closet Reveal @ Fresh Coat of Paint. Craft Drawer Organization @ The Thinking Closet. So it was awesome to see so many organizing tips linked up this week. Here are 22 great Spring Organizing Ideas. I hope these articles inspire to at least create more roon by eliminating unused garments.  Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net

Microfiber Has Become The Cloth of The Future?

Yet another nother microfiber cleaning tool, the MOCORO, a fluffy microfiber mop ball.  CCP –  MOCORO – Microfiber robotic mop ball – When we clean … en.akihabaranews.com3/7/13 Here is a simple and fun way to clean up the dust around the house. MOCORO – CZ-560 – is a fluffy microfiber mop ball that rolls around by itself on the floor, picking up dust along the way. Push the button and let the … A single microfiber is smaller than the human hair, about 1 denier which means it is also smaller than a silk fiber.  Many microfibers are twisted together to make a yarn and many yarns are woven together to make a microfiber cloth.  The fiber is very small so the actual woven fabric does not allow wind or water to penetrate yet moisture vapor to be released.  Think of a microfiber rain coat which is waterproof but not hot to wear, all this without requiring a waterproof coating.   Image via Flickr Cleaning microfiber furniture from Making The World Cuter:  Clean Microfiber the Easy Way – Making the World Cuter makingtheworldcuter.com3/6/13 This is the easiest way I have found to clean microfiber. Just a bottle of Windex and a scrub brush and these chairs come back to good as new! Clean Mama has an extensive review and overview of Microfiber cleaning cloth:  How to Use Microfiber www.cleanmama.net7/11/12 I use microfiber cleaning cloths for cleaning just about everything and every surface, so I thought I would show you the winners in my book. I have purchased different brands and types of cleaning cloths with my own money so what … I am sure there are many more uses for microfiber so feel free to add your favorite microfiber and microfiber cleaning hints. Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net