Pulling out our treasured holiday decorations, many of which are handmade or have been passed down through generations, really brings out the love of family and togetherness this time of year. But sometimes fabric decorations- like stockings, soft ornaments and tabletop decorations – can begin to show their age (or some smears of chocolate) more than we would like. Here’s how to care for all of your fabric holiday decorations, even if they are very delicate or very old.
Take a close look at all of your holiday decorations. Sometimes it can be hard to notice water spots or other discolorations until they begin to yellow with age and being shut in a box for most of the year. Or maybe some little ones got into the holiday treats and then picked up the knitted snowman that was on your coffee table display. Whatever the reason that your decorations need a clean, read on!
- Check for any loose threads, beading, sequins, or any parts that might not be fully attached to the decoration. Take the time to reattach any loose bits before cleaning will help ensure that your precious pieces don’t loose their decorative details over the holiday season.
- Fill a clean sink with tepid water and a capful of Eucalan in your favourite scent. Submerge your decorations, being careful not to put too many in at a time- you want the water to have good circulation around each item. If they have some stubborn spots consider using a Eucalan stain treating towelette to help get the marks out.
- Hang items to dry somewhere away from sunlight (which can cause yellowing).
- Iron any items that need it, such as tree skirts, table linens, and stockings. Make sure that the surface of your iron is very clean. Using a spray bottle to spray the fabric’s surface to ensure a smooth finish. If your piece has any applique, beading or sequins; use a light heat setting, in case the applique is made from polyester or other man-made fabrics. We recommend using a white pressing cloth (or clean white tea towel) to protect delicate fibers.
- Enjoy! And remember, give your decorations a clean again when the season is over before putting them away, and wrap them in white tissue paper to help prevent moisture and colour transfer from one decoration to another. This can help protect your decorations for many years to come.
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