Posts tagged cleaning silk
Can Boiled Linseed Oil be washed?

No, boiled linseed oil cannot be washed out of fabric. This is a permanent treatment. Be very sure you want that garment treated in this fashion before ever applying it. Next week, I’ll see if boiled linseed can be washed out if the cleaning attempt occurs IMMEDIATELY after contact. But if it’s a set in stain, then it’s definitely permanent.

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Spray Adhesive: Round 5

Web Bond TA 101 is a solid product. When used as directed, sprayed from a distance of 10” to 12”, there have been no reported problems that I could find. In fact, every review I found was a positive, glowing, where have you been all my life, type review. So I revisited how I’ve been using it. Notice above where I quoted the directions as being hold can 10” to 12” away from item to be sprayed? If you go back over my video sequence, you’ll see I’m holding the can considerably closer to the fabric. Like 2” to 3” from the fabric. A lot of difference 8” can make.

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Spray Adhesive: Round 1

So this one has sucked so far. Seriously. I thought it would come right out. I thought nothing could be worse than blood. I was wrong. The attempts so far have added up to 12 minute of video, which is too long to watch in one sitting. These were seriously meant to be small vignettes about look how clever I am , I removed “X” stain. Until suddenly, I can’t. Not yet. I WILL manage to get this one. Eventually.

But for now: The Challenge. First up, The Contender:

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Watermelon Juice

This was one of those accidental stains. I deliberately stained some Irish Shamrock habotai with spray adhesive, which I am still working on removing (stupid glue). But, due to reasons having to do with family and life, I currently have two teenagers living with me. Last Monday, they went to a party and returned with half a watermelon in a garbage bag. The watermelon was still good at that time so after sharing some with the happy parrots (those frequently heard in the background of our videos), the watermelon was left on the counter. For a week. In the garbage bag.

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RIT Color Dye Remover

Since I boiled silk last week with the surprising result of extreme color removal, this week I went with the more traditional route of RIT Color Dye Remover. Now, the packaging says it’s good for cotton, linen, wool, rayon…everything but Silk. To be fair, it does not specifically say DON’T use on Silk. So I tried it on Silk.

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Boiling Silk

While looking up degumming silk, I found this lovely post from Wormspit. While this post was specifically for removing sericin from raw silk prior to spinning in to yarn, I thought “Why not?”

The most sericin heavy silk we sell is Silk Organza and I, of course, have a ton of scrap from various projects. So I took some scrap and did my prep work.

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