Cotton is a soft fiber that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant. It is soft and used in a large variety of items. It is very absorbent and will retain 34-37 times its own weight when wet. Because of this it is actually stronger wet than dry. It can take dyes easily and if clear white non-chemically treated it can tolerate bleach without yellowing the fabric. Colored cotton blend products like our photography clothing and baby wraps retain their color longer if washed in warm or cold water. 100% cotton fabric will also shrink when washed. To remove stains place the item face down on a paper towel and gently dab the stain with a mild detergent and water. For stubborn stains you can apply a dry cleaning solvent from the opposite side of the stain while face down on paper towel. You can also keep dabbing the stain with lukewarm water and detergent and rinse with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and water repeating the process until the stain comes out. If none of these items work, then spray with a pre-treating stain fighter and wash in lukewarm water with a color safe bleach or oxy-clean and detergent.
There are different grades of wool because the fleece that comes from sheep are raised in a whole lot of different climates and conditions. There are hundreds of different breeds of sheep in the world. The age of the sheep as well as their health has a lot to do with the grade of the wool. But the one thing that they all have in common is that wool is a durable and versatile product with great stretch and elasticity. But these features can be damaged if not cared for properly when spot cleaning. If not dried properly the wool can even grow mold and produce a smell. Mold spores are unhealthy for people of any age.
If it is a small area that needs to be cleaned you can gently hand clean it by dabbing at the stain with a soft wet cloth and minimal detergent and rinse sparingly by dipping in a tub of cold or lukewarm water. You will need to soak and repeat until all the soap has been removed and the water appears clear. A clean fleece usually only requires 1-2 soaks/rinses.
THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR PRISSY PRINCES PRODUCTS ONLY. At Prissy Princess we clean all of our fleece prior to dying, design, and listed for purchase.
Not all companies do. When you spot clean a product other than Prissy Princess Fleece you may end up having to wash your fleece as much as 10-12 times in order to get the dirt and grime out that you didn’t know was in it prior to washing your fiber. The water will turn brown because these are pasture animals and oils and dirt are imbedded in the fibers. So you will end up with one very clean spot on an otherwise unclean fleece. It is not uncommon to find a few pieces of vegetation in the fleece even if it has been cleaned. That is not a sure sign that the fleece is unclean, it just means that in the process a small piece of vegetation was overlooked. We can only advise you on how to clean a Prissy Princess product and can’t be responsible if this advice is used on any other products.
The key to success is to never RUB/ AGITATE a wool product. When you RUB/AGITATE wool you change the consistency of the fibers giving them a felted appearance.
For larger areas soak in cold/ lukewarm water with a mild detergent. Do not pour the detergent directly on the fabric. Fill a small container with water only adding the detergent after the water has been turned off because you don’t want to cause bubbles by agitating the detergent with running water. Blend the detergent and water lightly with your hand. Soak the material for 2-5 minutes then lay the wool on a flat surface and dab at the stain. Rinse the detergent away by soaking the item in a container of cold/ lukewarm water. To dry lay flat on a towel placing it in its original shape. Do not wring or roll up the item because it will change its original shape. Wool is affected by humidity in the air so only clean wool on sunny days where you can leave it in the sun to dry. If this is not possible you can lay the item on a vented surface like a screen and put a heater nearby. Allow it to dry completely before taking it out of its original shape.
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