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Old 10-09-2011, 09:07
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I wasn't sure where to post this, so this seemed like the best place. My last two shows have been dusty! Everything had a coating of dust on it at the end of the day.

I use white ribbons to hang bows from in my display and they were starting to look gray. I decided to try washing them. I took some warm water and regular dish soap and swished them around for a while. I squeezed out all the extra water and then threw them in the dryer on low temp for about 5 minutes. They came out perfect! They are shining white again and didn't shrink or wrinkle at all.

I am so glad I tried this. My display is going to look awesome again.
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Default Re: Just a tip! Washing ribbon.

thats what I do to my ribbon, I dont usually stick it in the dryer though, i just lay it out.
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Default Re: Just a tip! Washing ribbon.

And you can always iron it a little if it gets creases in it from wringing it out.
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I wasn't sure where to post this, so this seemed like the best place. My last two shows have been dusty! Everything had a coating of dust on it at the end of the day.

I use white ribbons to hang bows from in my display and they were starting to look gray. I decided to try washing them. I took some warm water and regular dish soap and swished them around for a while. I squeezed out all the extra water and then threw them in the dryer on low temp for about 5 minutes. They came out perfect! They are shining white again and didn't shrink or wrinkle at all.

I am so glad I tried this. My display is going to look awesome again.
What kind of ribbons? When my daughter was little, I just tossed her grosgrain bows in the washer (cold wash) and air dried. Once she had shoved a curly (korker) bow into her pants pocket without me knowing it and it came out fine in the wash! I just had to separate the curls a bit. Sometimes I will get ribbon that is really stiff and I just machine wash and dry and it comes out nice and soft.
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Default Re: Just a tip! Washing ribbon.

thanks so much for the stories/info . . . bet you held your breath!

now you can truly market them as "wash & wear"
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What kind of ribbons? When my daughter was little, I just tossed her grosgrain bows in the washer (cold wash) and air dried. Once she had shoved a curly (korker) bow into her pants pocket without me knowing it and it came out fine in the wash! I just had to separate the curls a bit. Sometimes I will get ribbon that is really stiff and I just machine wash and dry and it comes out nice and soft.

Just regular grosgrain ribbon. I didn't try to wash bows or clips though. I didn't think that would help them at all. I just washed the ribbons I hang my displays from.
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Just regular grosgrain ribbon. I didn't try to wash bows or clips though. I didn't think that would help them at all. I just washed the ribbons I hang my displays from.
No, I wouldn't either if they were ones to sell. If they are just dusty, you can spray with canned air to clean them off, being extra careful if you have a delicate decoration on them. Canned air is also good for setting hot glue faster.
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