Orvus vs Ink
At Costume College last year, during my Care and Feeding of Silk class, one of the attendees recommended Orvus Wa Paste as a cleaning solution to silk. As we know, I will try anything. ANYTHING. On silk at least. So while marking out a project with an indelible pen, I thought, perfect time for a challenge?
I ordered the Orvus Wa from Amazon, because I buy all things from Amazon…Amazon is life….
It arrived in an ENORMOUS tub:
Once I got it, I understood why it came in an enormous tub. It’s horse shampoo! And if you have a horse, then you need A LOT of shampoo to clean them. So now I had this enormous tub and one tiny ink stain.
I had been using this to trace out a pattern because, well, if I didn’t cut the ink away, any residual marks would be enfolded in the seam line and not visible on the garment itself. But it still makes for a good challenge. Who HASN’T accidentally stabbed themselves in the leg with a pen? Just me? Ok then….
The line is so fine, I had to circle it in the picture for easy identification. Which is why I was using the fine point pen to trace my pattern. But, for the challenge, I did a deliberate free style line on a piece of Royal Seas Habotai. Then mixed about two tablespoons (approximately one ounce) of Orvus Wa Paste into a sink of very hot water. Dipped the silk, did a little bit of light scrubbing, rinsed it out, and voila!
No more ink! I may some day try that against something TRULY heinous…like a sharpie. Or hippies…