I have a blouse (98% poly/2% spandex) that is ivory colored with black sleeves. Machine Washable and Bleachable. Hang to dry. Have worn and wash many times with no problems. Wore it with a jacket that I have also worn several times. This last time I wore it, when I removed the jacket, I found that color had bled into the area around the armhole. I have washed it several times, using a stain removal spray, oxiclean, and bleach (separately of course). It has helped but still is quite visible. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance By: Lori Broadway
Hi dear Jennifer, I have read your 101 blog and found it very helpful. I just purchased a jacket cotton fabric 98% spandex 2% (not a knit fabric) with a very distinctive print pattern on it that I want to ‘overdye’ to dim down the print/colours a bit. The wash/care instructions on the jacket say “machine wash cold water with like colours only, non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low, warm iron as needed”. The pattern is just a bit too fluoro orange for me. Its multicoloured repeated circular pattern in fluorescent orange, pale apricot and dark brown and pale taupe (pale greyish camel colour) , all on a white background. There is not a lot of white showing through, but the 2nd main background is the taupe with some white also showing through. I know it sounds awful, but the pattern is intriguing and the jacket is a really good cut and was on sale I am thinking of dying the jacket a very pale pearl grey (I got a colour like this pearl previously with I think a blue based dying and I”m hoping a can find my earlier instructions. What colour dye would you suggest to tone down the pattern? Do I need to do cold water dyeing? like in the 101 blog? I understood the cold water dyeing is very hot water that is taken off the boil. or will this ruin my fabric? Any other comments or suggestions also welcomed! There are also some metalic pieces (zip, cord ends) on the jacket. Hope you can help. By: Ruth
Image via Flickr The worst detergent to use when washing your car is dishwashing detergent, hair shampoo or laundry detergent. All of these detergents are designed to remove oil and grease from hair and textiles and will also remove oil and grease from the finish of your car. If these detergents work well, they will also remove the car wax. Brian C Mounts: How To Properly Wash And Wax A Car http://www.brianmounts.comFri, 19 Jul 2013 21:19:00 GMT Never use dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, or any other household cleaners on your car. Although most “gentle” detergents will clean your car just fine without damaging the paint they still contain detergents that will … If you want to really wash your car properly, Hemmings Daily has step by step instructions! Skills 101 – How to wash a car | Hemmings Daily http://blog.hemmings.comFri, 26 Jul 2013 12:00:31 GMT When it comes to car wash soap, always use a product specifically formulated for this purpose, as dish detergents contain surfactants and other chemicals capable of stripping wax out of the paint’s surface. The same holds … 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. We do not accept reimbursement of any kind for our reviews.
I found a shirt in my late fathers closet, and I am wondering about how old it is. It is a cotton western style shirt, with painted metal snaps, not pearl snaps, and the tag reads “Penny’s Foremost Sanforized” and there is a picture of a bucking bronco horse and rider. The shirt is horribly wrinkled, but still in great shape, and I would like to wash and iron it, but am afraid too, I don’t want to damage it. The tag appears to be very old, and was just wondering if anyone has any idea how old it is (round about age) and the best way to clean it. I don’t want it to fall apart on me! Thank You! By: Cathy Sanders
Is it safe to wash pants that are 73% rayon, 23% nylon, 5% spandex? The label says dry clean but I have been told that I should be able to wash them myself. Thanks! M By: Maggie
Image via Flickr This question is asked Fabrics.net staff about once a month: “The label says dry clean only, can I wash my dress?” The answer is “Of course you can wash your dress but the results may or may not be pleasing to you.” The dress may shrink, the colors may run, the interfacing might disappear, etc. First an introduction to garment labels. How To Read The Laundry Symbols On Your Clothing Tags! | One … www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com1/8/13 I have now! And now I can explain them to you. :-). (Trust me…you’re going to be glad to know this stuff!) Way back in 1971 the FTC started requiring manufacturers to tag their clothing with at least one safe cleaning method. Learn more about dry cleaning How Dry Cleaning Works Dry cleaning is a process that cleans clothes without water. The cleaning fluid that is used is a liquid, and all garments are immersed and cleaned in a liquid solvent — the fact that there is no water is why the process is called “dry.” In this vid… A product that lets you dry clean garments at home is Dryel. I have tried it and it works great to freshen dry clean garments without adding that solvent odor. If you have heavily soiled garments, a Professional Dry Cleaner is best. Living in Style features Dryel® Watch this clip to see how Dryel® works! How to select a Dry Cleaner and other fabric care information at Fabrics.net. Enjoy!
Wool fibers have many uses from insulation to fabric to mattress toppers. Although many people wash their wool fabric prior to tailoring or sewing a garment, I prefer dry cleaning to keep the shape and the integrity of the various interfacings, linings and notions. If the garment I am making is unstructured and unlined, hand washing the fabric prior to garment construction should insure that the wool garment is washable. Wool washes/detergents are available in the stores and online. Since wool is a protein fiber like my hair, a good shampoo is also suggested for hand washing wool. A few years ago I found in a fabric store “Washable Wool”, something I hadn’t seen before. I pre-treated the wool by washing in shampoo then dried in the dryer according to the Washable Wool manufacturers instructions. The wool did not shrink or change shape but there was an unusual odor and rough texture that I didn’t like. Thinking that the odor would go away after construction of the garment and washing several times, I made an unstructured suit. Well, the odor never went away and the texture stayed rough. I wore the suit a couple of times and then discarded it. Out of curiosity I decided to find out how wool was made washable and found an article that explained why the texture of the washable wool was different. How Is Wool Made Machine-Washable? | The Sweaty Knitter … sweatyknitter.com10/9/12 Today, manufacturers bleach wool fiber to remove its outer layer and then add enzymes that eat the scales. The resulting yarn has a more lustrous appearance than untreated wool. These alterations also affect how the fiber … Nanotechnology is now being used to increase the desirable properties of wool without changing the structure of the fiber. Nanotechnology wool fabric combines multifunctionality with comfort www.nanowerk.com1/15/10 Take wool. Wool is one of the best insulating fibers known to man – while at the same time being light and soft. The quality that distinguishes wool fibers is the presence of a fatty, water-repellent outer layer that surrounds each …