Laundering Painted Fabrics

Welcome to another installment of ASK PLAIDIE LADDIE!

Plaidie LaddiePlaidie Laddie, loyal Plaid pooch and one of our blog contributors, wants to answer your most burning painting questions. Every week he’ll pick a question out of his virtual mailbag and answer it (with a little help from me, since he only has paws). This week’s question:

“Dear Plaidie Laddie, Chris Williams has gotten me all excited about fabric painting — I’m going to spruce up my apron! Since it’s an apron I will have to wash it from time to time. Should I use Woolite?” Kendra P. from Pennsylvannia

Painting on your apron is a great idea! Since Woolite is a very mild detergent it is a great choice. Make sure you let the paint properly cure before you wash it — once the paint dries put your apron in the dryer for 30 minutes on the highest heat setting recommended for the fabric, or use an iron to heat set it. (See Chris’ article for more details.) After the paint is cured you can hand wash the apron with Woolite. Regular Woolite has bleach in it this won’t effect the paint, but if your apron is a dark fabric, you will want to use the Woolite formulated for colored fabrics. If you paint on a shirt or something that you can turn inside out, you can put it in the wash on the delicate cycle, but for best results we recommend hand washing or spot cleaning. We want to see that apron once you’ve got it all spruced up!

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