Member since 12/13/08
Date: 10/10/12 1:12 PM
I got a drop of honey on my beloved Soft Surroundings silk (silk/rayon) velvet tunic. Gentle blotting with cool clear water to dissolve the honey didn't really work, and I'm also left with a crunchy spot where it got wet. What can I do to save it?
~Gem in the prairie
New York USA
Member since 2/20/12
Date: 10/10/12 1:23 PM
Try a very soft damp brush, like a child's toothbrush. But, try it on an unseen spot first.
Then use the same type brush (dry) when the fabric is mostly dry.
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Member since 12/2/09
Date: 10/10/12 2:17 PM
If you wash it, wash it, if you dry clean it, take it to the cleaners. Honey is just sticky, I don't think it will hurt anything once you get it out.
Member since 8/24/02
|In reply to stirwatersblue <<
Date: 10/10/12 4:05 PM
Honey is water-soluble. If your tunic is washable, it should be able to take a bit of soaking. Hot water is more effective than cold at dissolving sugar, too, if the velvet can stand it.
Given washability, I'd do this:
Soak the spot in a little bowl of hot water. When you can feel the hardened honey getting soft, add a bit of dish detergent and work it gently into the bad spot until you can feel the crunchiness going away. After that, repeated rinsings and a little work with fingers or maybe a soft, soft brush should do the job.
Here are some other suggestions.
If the soaking treatment is not possible because the fabric isn't washable, then it's off to the dry cleaners!
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