So how do you get stains out of hand-crocheted projects?
The first step would be to wash the item following the
washing directions for the yarn you used. Always take fiber type into account
when washing-what is good for some fibers is a disaster for others!
There are a number of great products designed to gently wash
your handmade items. Soak and Eucalan are two of my favorites, but you can find
similar solutions in the laundry aisle at the store. Fill a container with
lukewarm water and a dime-sized drop of wool wash. Submerge the item and let it
soak overnight. Check the stain in the morning-you may need to repeat the
process, or apply some of the wool wash directly to the stain and let it soak
for another night. In a pinch, baby shampoo makes a great substitute for wool
wash! Be sure to lay your project out flat to dry, especially if you are
treating a stain. Putting it in the dryer can set the stain.
NOT chlorine bleach. That would be the opposite of good for
your project. OxiClean is one example of this type of product. Generally, a
solution or paste is made and applied directly to the stained area, then allow
the item to soak overnight. The process may need to be repeated for stubborn
Sometimes, you just need a professional. No, not that kind-although
maybe, if you're looking at chocolate rubbed into the carefully crocheted
cables of some fine merino. I mean the kind that are trained and prepared to
care for your fabrics. They have an arsenal of tools and techniques at hand to
battle the really tough stains. I find it's worth the small expense for the
peace of mind.
Happy crocheting (and washing)!
PS: For Silly Putty: rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush. Then
a glass of wine-for you, not the sweater.