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How do I get the glitter out?
Not glitter fabric, just fabric stored close to glitter fabric.
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Date: 1/18/11 2:22 PM

So, I ordered some fabric from Spandex World. I was happy with everything, except the fabric is just covered in glitter. Because they're nylon knits, I don't want to prewash them (they won't shrink, and they should be sized to prevent rolling). I've tried shaking it out outside, which helped a little but not enough, and have tossed it in the dryer.

That helped a lot, but my poor dryer looks like a I dried a load of strippers. I think I might prewash some cottons, dry them, then rewash them to make sure to get all of it out (I did wipe it out with a microfiber cloth already).

Any other suggestions?



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Date: 1/18/11 3:06 PM

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That helped a lot, but my poor dryer looks like a I dried a load of strippers.


I thought you were supposed to lay them flat to dry??

But seriously, a vacuum, perhaps? Or a sticky lint roller? Other than washing, I don't know what else to use. If you have to wash, you could always use spray starch to keep your fabric from curling. That's what I always use. After washing, lay nice and flat (and on grain), spray liberally, let dry thoroughly, then press. Works great!

Just curious...so you mean the fabric came that way? I'm surprised SH would let that ship out. I've always had great experiences with them. Sounds like a LOT of glitter!

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Date: 1/18/11 4:11 PM

I second the lint roller...if it works on cat hair, I bet it works on glitter.

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Date: 1/18/11 10:25 PM

Glitter, glitter everywhere -- that is my home studio 90% of the time with all the athletic performance apparel that goes through here.

If it's a small amount of fabric the lint roller is a great idea -- I use the sticky ones (by 3M I think).

If it's a larger amount of fabric, place it in the dryer on air fluff (or lowest heat) with a wet facecloth and run it for about 20 minutes.

Swiffer dusters are also miracle workers when it comes to glitter -- I keep a box in my studio and use them often. If the fabric you have is a smooth finish fabric, you can lay out the fabric and run the Swiffer duster over it -- this doesn't work as well with any textured fabric.

Glitter is common place around here -- DH always laughs when he finds it in the strangest places ... to him it's just part of my job and as he says "A little sparkle in life never hurt anyone!"

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Date: 1/18/11 10:41 PM

Ballroom girl, here. Trying to figure out why anyone would want to get rid of glitter?????

I seem to remember my mom putting things into a pillowcase with the vacuum hose end in the opening. Close the opening, turn on the vacuum and see what happens. I think I would just wash it and starch the edges if they roll.

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Date: 1/18/11 11:08 PM

My cat has pooped glitter.

I second the dryer + damp towel approach.

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Date: 1/19/11 0:52 AM

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My cat has pooped glitter.




LOL. Oh yeah.

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Date: 1/19/11 9:22 PM

My husband says that glitter is the herpes of craft. Once you've got it, it's way too easy to spread, and you'll never really get rid of it.

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