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cleang-velvet-msg - 1/5/18


Cleaning velvet. Getting rid of pet hair.


NOTE: See also these files: velvet-msg, sewing-tools-msg, piled-fabrics-msg, linen-msg, silk-msg, P-Spot-Removl-art, ironing-msg, brooms-msg, Black-Sope-art.





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From the fb "SCA Garb" group:


Morgana Campbell


ok, for those experienced with velvet...I have pets...don't wear my gown often for this reason, but did last night and hope to if I can get to a Yule celebration, how do I get hair off short of going through a case of tape and weeks of bending over the darn thing? most garments having hair doesn't worry me.


Corinne Dowd

damp sponge


Shanna Pajac

rubber dishwashing gloves is how I get it out of velvet and velvet-feel fabric objects. Works GREAT in a vehicle for the nooks and crannies that a tape-roller just won't get, and they'll pull pet hair out from where its threaded itself into fabric as well.


Elena Da Viandante

IDK. Most of my cat hair comes off in the dryer. If I owned velvet or wool garb and wanted to do this, I would set the dryer on the lowest heat possible.


Maybe you could toss a hair-covered scrap in?


Gwen MacAuslane

Fabric brush. Most recently demonstrated on Downton Abbey.


Laurie Montclair Gage

Upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner/shop-vac.


Morgana Campbell

my vac smells like the litter the cats spread everywhere so that one would likely make the gown stink


I shall have to try the wet sponge/rubber gloves;;;scared to try dryer, trim is prob modern synthetic junk


Nancy Gaines

First of all, place the garb in a zippered garment bag. Secondly, hang the garment bag in a closet where the animals can't get in.


If your velvet garb is covered in fur, allow extra time to remove it. Then follow my steps to prevent it in the future.


Nancy Gaines

Don't use the wet sponge! Some velvets can water stain. Also, keep it out of the dryer, to avoid shrinkage. There is a reason why velvets are dry clean only.


Cee Are

I would try putting it in the dryer on low heat. Most of the hair should come off and lodge in the lint trap. I would put a small piece of dryer sheet in there just to keep the static down.


Let me qualify my comment. DRY Cotton velvet, no prob. in the dryer. Acetate velvet is sensitive to moisture, nothing wet. Rayon/silk sensitive to moisture, heat on low ok. Silk velvet is a protein, treat it like you would wool, but I don't think low heat in the dryer will hurt it. I paint silk banners and they are pretty rugged. Your mileage may vary.


Nancy Gaines

To avoid getting fur on the velvet, change into (and out of) the garment at the event's changing room.


Margaret Plunk

Rub gently with the nap with a piece of wool felt.


Laurie Montclair Gage

Or, lint brush:



Charles Mellor

Go to the pet product store. They have something called a "pet hair sponge" which will work like a damp sponge even though it is dry. They might also have brushes with tiny rubber fingers that also work pretty well.


And the vacuum cleaner smells because of what is in the bag or hopper. The air it sucks in on the nozzle end does not smell. So the vacuum cleaner will only make your garb smell if you blow the exhaust onto your garb.


Robin Faceless

Most folks who know us are laughing! We have, ahem, quite a few (mumble, mumble number) longhair rescue cats, dogs, borrowed horses... and a garage-full of velvet garb. Get a few sticky link rollers from the dollar store. Chuck your garb over a clean shower curtain over your car. Lint roll away. Put now-clean garb in a bag, in the closet. For the future, if it helps--Around here, before we sew ANY fabric, it goes into the washer. No matter what it is. Rayon, wool, silk velvet, real silk, you name it. And its usually ok. Of course, go gently if you can. After washing and drying, I sew, with the intention of having machine-washable garb that can do anything. I want to go have fun. And in one day, that can involve 7 species of poop. Try cold water wash, with a little extra liquid fabric softener. Wash carefully, and no heat fluff dry. No more hair. Fabric softener and a little baking soda in the water wash really help to get the hair off. The static makes the hair so much worse.


And, by the way, look around you at events! All your friends have cat hair on them, too.


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