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Cleaning a linen body form
How do I clean a linen body form
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Date: 10/30/13 2:40 PM

I was not exactly sure where to post this, but I figured that people who read this board probably use dress forms. I just purchased a linen male dress form for an incredible price at a local company that sells used store fixtures. I have it home and am trying to clean it. There are a few stains on the linen and I wonder if anyone has some good suggestions for how to clean them. I know that I can make a new cover out of a stretch fabric, but I was hoping to clean the linen if possible.

Any help you can offer will be appreciated.

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Date: 10/30/13 7:37 PM

I'm not an expert, but I would use a clean cloth with some warm water and general, all-purpose soap. Don't get it super sudsy, just enough to kinda get the grime out...

Maybe someone else has a better suggestion...

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Date: 10/30/13 9:00 PM

I would use Biz, warm water and a scrub brush. Don't soak the form but give it a good brushing with the wet mixture. Put it outside to dry in the sun.

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Date: 10/31/13 0:54 AM

Oxyclean laundry spray can sometimes erase stains before your eyes! I would get it as clean as possible, let it dry thoroughly, and if the stains are not gone I would cover it. If you don't want to make the cover yourself, the Fabulous Fit System makes excellent covers with center, back and side seams. That's what I use on my dress form. Good luck!

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Date: 10/31/13 1:10 PM

I think I would try a little box of that dry Host Carpet cleaner stuff. If it's a padded dress form and the linen cover does not come off. Just because I would not want to get it wet with water and have it get soggy or moldy or anything like that. Or have any dust and dirt worked further into it at all. That stuff would probably work pretty good on it.

It's like solvent treated damp sawdust, that you are supposed to work into your carpets, with a rental brush machine, and then let sit for a while and then vacuum up. But you don't really need to only use it that way, with the big carpet rental machine with it, for just everything and only carpets like that at all. In fact, if you got left over of it after cleaning the carpet the normal way with it, it is really good to use just brushed into most padded furniture arms and such, and even those places on fabric covered sofa's that tend to get a bit dirty. You could just work it in and onto that dress form with a hand brush, let dry and then vacuum it off. I would vacuum the dress form real good first though.

If I use it on my fabric padded furniture, then I always test it first on a little place that does not show, just to make sure, no fabric change there first, or color fading, but I have never had any. The linen on the outside of that dress form is probably white or cream color, so I think it probably could not even fade. But maybe try some of that.

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Date: 10/31/13 5:49 PM

I would use cold water with Forever New or Woolite. Use a clean white cloth and blot until the stains lift off.

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Date: 11/1/13 9:14 AM

If you or a friend has one of the new no-soap steam-cleaners (with smaller attachments) they work on furniture, carseats, etc. without getting them too wet.

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