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Topic: Cleaning fleece. does it have to be so yucky?  (Read 1145 times)
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« on: November 19, 2008 07:25:55 PM »

So, I got  a couple 1/2 garbage bags of fleece(alpaca and sheep)  And I started to clean the alpaca, and decided it was kinda gross. It actually made me nauseous.  And this wasn't because of the VM or even the tiny bits of poo (I'm a mom of 2, I deal with poo everyday) but it was the dust that fell from it and that coated my hands.  ( i know, what kind of wimp am I? )  The question is, can I wash it with the VM in it, simply to get out the dirt, then pick out the VM later?  I really love the feel of this alpaca (aside from the dust) its sooooo soft!  gosh I hope tht would work, otherwise I don't know what I could do with it.
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2008 05:32:48 AM »

Alpacas like to take dust baths.  Some alpaca owners will vaccuum & brush their animals before shearing to try to eliminate dust and vm.  Doesn't sound like the case here.

Can you wash the dirt out before you pick out the VM?  Sure, but it will be tougher to get the VM out.

Best way to 'wash' alpaca is to loosely place it in a mesh bag or colander.  Place that in a sink or tube of warm, soapy water.  Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.  Remove bag, drain sink, repeat until the water is clear.  Fill sink or tub with clear water to rinse soap out.  A few glugs of white vinegar will help remove the soap.

Lay fiber in single layer to dry thoroughly, flipping a couple times a day.   

My experience in working with raw fiber is the better you clean out the VM before it touches any water, the easier & faster it is to clean the fiber.

Just remember, there is no ONE right and wrong way to work with fiber.  As long as you get the results YOU want, it's all good!
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2008 06:51:28 AM »

thank you!   
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2008 10:28:38 AM »

np.

best of luck with it!
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