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« on: October 05, 2006 12:46:22 PM »

I got some beautiful royal blue velvet from the junk shop I get all my fabric from. I think it may have some silk in it.

How do I wash it? It has the usual musty, damp smell all the fabric has from there.

I'm not putting fabreeze near it, hate the stuff.
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2006 12:53:45 PM »

Hi Sirvinya,

You can absolutely wash the velvet (as long as it doesn't show signs of rotting) in the washing machine on gentle. 

HOWEVER - beware that if the velvet has silk, cotton, or another natural fiber, it will turn into "Crushed Velvet".

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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2006 01:07:03 PM »

I think most velvet is not washable -- I wouldn't risk washing it unless you don't care if it gets crushed.  You could try that dryel stuff you can buy to use in the dryer, or just get it dry cleaned.  If you just want the smell out, maybe you could carefully hang it up (try not to put any creases in it) outside when the weather is nice?
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2006 01:25:54 PM »

Thanks, I'll probably risk it. The piece only cost 1. I'd hang it up outside but the fabric is dusty so it does need a wash.
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