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baileemartini
« on: January 25, 2011 07:39:50 PM »

I made my son a coat out of what I think is a wool blend, and it is lined in cotton. He recently spilled milk all over it, and I had to wipe him down with paper napkins, which left fuzz all over it. So, I am not sure how to go about washing it. Any suggestions?
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cbeeson
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2011 11:13:33 AM »

I would recommend you take it to a cleaners.  Short of that, get one of the Tide pens and try using it (place a cloth or napkin under the stain when you use the pen so it doesn't soak to the other side) and dab with cold water.  If you are really wanting to "wash" it, I would put it on your shortest, gentlest washing cycle, only cold water, then hang it to dry.  Wool shrinks which is why it is never recommended to wash or dry fabric with wool. 
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baileemartini
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011 11:48:08 AM »

after working with some material i know is 100% wool yesterday, i am pretty sure this is a 50/50 wool/poly blend, so if i wash it on cold, gentle, quick cycle, and hang to dry, i think it will be fine. hopefully the napkin fuzz comes off...
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011 01:49:35 PM »

I think you're on track with the washing in cold and hanging to dry.  If you're worried at all about the agitation of the washer, you could always wash by hand.  You might try Woolite, or something similar, too.  If that doesn't get the napkin fuzzies off, you could always try one of those sweater shaver things.  If you don't have one, you can get one pretty cheaply, and they work on fabrics besides knits just fine!
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011 02:36:36 PM »

I think you're on track with the washing in cold and hanging to dry.  If you're worried at all about the agitation of the washer, you could always wash by hand.  You might try Woolite, or something similar, too.  If that doesn't get the napkin fuzzies off, you could always try one of those sweater shaver things.  If you don't have one, you can get one pretty cheaply, and they work on fabrics besides knits just fine!

yeah, i thought about a sweater shaver, i have another wool coat that could use it too. i am washing it now, if the fuzzies arent off i will buy the shaver. thanks!
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