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Help! Honey on silk velvet!
stirwatersblue  Friend of PR
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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?


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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.
-- Edited on 10/10/12 1:25 PM --

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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.
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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!
-- Edited on 10/10/12 4:06 PM --
-- Edited on 10/10/12 5:55 PM --


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