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#1 Michael K Bergstrom

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 05:29 PM

Hello,

I have some splatters (fake blood and mud) on some silks in the truck, any ideas on cleaning them? Thanks.
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#2 Matthew Rogers

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 05:52 PM

Hello,

I have some splatters (fake blood and mud) on some silks in the truck, any ideas on cleaning them? Thanks.


I suggest going to a dry cleaner that you trust. They will do a better job at getting the stains out than you can without hurting the silk.

Matthew
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#3 John Sprung

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 07:42 PM

Hello,

I have some splatters (fake blood and mud) on some silks in the truck, any ideas on cleaning them? Thanks.

The thing to use is Woolite, a very mild detergent. The things to avoid are chlorine bleach and alcohol, they damage the protein fiber.

Given that the silks are on frames, you want to avoid rusting the frames and making rust stains. So, use as little detergent and rinse water at a time as possible. Dry them by blotting with towels, then set them on C-stands, with the wire edge up so water doesn't drain onto it and rust the wire. A little dirt on the frame edges is no problem, it's the middles and wire edge that have to be clean. Also, don't dry them in the sun. Wet silk in the sun can stain. When they get really bad and cleaning doesn't help, figure on cutting the old silk off and sewing new silk on.

Big silks that are stored off the frame are easier, you can take them to the cleaners.



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#4 Jon Rosenbloom

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 07:50 PM

You have to make sure that washing doesn't diminish the rag's fire retardant.
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