Posts Tagged ‘wash’

Softest Liquid Withstand Fabric

I am searching for the softest piece of fabric that can constantly endure being wet but will retain its property no matter what type of liquid that it take on. Something that can be wash constantly if needed but remain soft to the skin. By: Trennique Godlove

Help is here for Shocking Static Electricity

Image via Flickr   Living in the beautiful North West where heat during the winter months produces low humidity in homes and results in static electricity on clothes and other textiles, I needed help.  Because of allergies I was unable to use fabric softener or dryer sheets and StaticGuard which I was using added chemicals to the garment and to the air I breathe.  I had read about plastic dryer balls but this wasn’t the answer either as it distributed fabric softener to the clothes and the inside of the dryer drum.  Enter Wool Dryer Balls.   I had read about wool dryer balls on other websites but before I recommend a product, I like to test to see if the product performs as advertised.  I ordered the Wool Dryer Balls from Stoney Mountain Farms who recommended washing the dryer balls inside an old sock in a regular wash load every few months to recharge.  Neither chlorine nor oxygen bleach should be used when washing the wool dryer balls because each of these products will damage wool fibers.  After drying the dryer balls, I pinned two small safely pins to one wool dryer ball to increase the release of static electricity.   I LOVE PolarFleece by Malden Mills but the static electricity on these blankets can be pretty bad.  Malden Mills recommends that no softener or dryer sheets be used on any of the PolarFleece fabrics as those products coat the fibers and change the characteristics of the fabric.  I am happy to report that the wool dryer balls took the static electricity out of my PolarFleece blankets.   An added benefit of the wool dryer balls is that clothes dry faster and have fewer wrinkles because of the “fluffing” by the dryer balls.  There are differing opinions about how many dryer balls to use.  My opinion is that the number required would depend on the size of the dryer loads.  Three wool dryer balls for small loads and 6 or more for large loads.   I love it when products perform as advertised!

Can I wash a velvet frame handbag?

Hi there! I recently bought a really nice handbag on ebay – pre-owned, but bought from the first owner – which I would like to wash once. I wouldn’t say it’s dirty, really, in fact it looks perfectly clean with no marks, but it does have a slightly ‘closet-y’ smell, like things get if they’ve been worn and then stored immediately without airing out, and it puts me off a wee bit – not enough to get rid f the bag, but I would feel better if there was a way I could wash it as it hasn’t gone away even after I’ve kept it out of my own closet for the few weeks I’ve had it. The problem is that it is made out of some sort of velvety material, so it’s not an obvious thing to wash. So I just wanted to get some ideas and advice on whether I can do that, and what to pay attention to, and what kind of results I should expect, that sort of thing. It is a medium sized bag (A4 papers will squeeze in but not a book the same size), has a kisslock frame opening, and piping around the edges to give shape and structure. There is also some type of semi-rigid interfacing on the bottom to give the bottom some shape, but it is sewn in so I have no way to find out what it is. There is no label listing exact fabric composition, but the outside is some sort of velvety material accented  with a few beads and sequins, while the inside is a sort of cotton-like lining that might have some synthetic in it as it has a lovely sheen to it. It is dark purple in color (photo attached for reference). Anyway, anything you can let me know around washing this type of thing, I would definitely appreciate it! thanks By: Niki

What is the fiber content of sunbrella fabric?

Hi:  What is the fiber content of Sunbrella fabric?  I bought 45 yards today and need to make slipcovers and pillow covers.  I would like to find out if I need to wash and dry it before cutting it out, so that it won’t shrink after being cut.  I did a burn test on a piece of the fabric and it appears to have a cotton/synthetic composition.  45 yards is a LOT of fabric and even trying to wash and dry it first seems like a major ordeal. Thanks for any information I can get!   Louise By: Louise Jarmilowicz

Technical Fabrics and care?

I’m writing to find out the differences between technical fabrics used in workout gear, such as Lululemon’s “luon” or Lucy’s “powermax” fabrics. What exactly can they be classified under? Why can’t you wash “luon” with cottons (they will pill)? By: Corinne

Can i dye 97% viscose 3% elastin red dress black?

Hi  i have a red dress 97% viscose but i need it to be black.  it has had a hand wash before and seems fine.  i got one of these washing machine dyes,  what will happed if i use it?  Thank you so much   By: Claire

Red Fleece

I am making a blanket with red fleece (back) and cotton fabric on the top.  I noticed that the fleece had a black smudge on it so I took a wet wash cloth to get it off – but in doing so the red rubbed off.  My concern is that when the blanket is washed – the red fleece will bleed onto the cotton fabric on the front.  What would be the best way to clean this item? By: Debbie Gilbertson