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How to wash fleece
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Feb 19 2012
10:11:57 PM
So, apparently you are supposed to wash fleece first? I didn't know this before I made/gave cab his first set of toys! Now I have more fleece...how do you wash it? Hot/Warm/cold, air dry or use dryer? TIA ya'll!
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Feb 19 2012
10:13:49 PM
heidiness Super Glider Visit heidiness's Photo Album USA 380 Posts
Cold is okay. I hang dry mine so it doesnt shrink!
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Feb 19 2012
10:21:05 PM
Kozi Fuzzy Wuzzy GliderMap Visit Kozi's Photo Album Kozi's Journal WI, USA 1278 Posts
YES! It's shipped with chemicals to preserve it.

I wash with the free + clear stuff, for people with allergies! :D
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Feb 19 2012
10:26:06 PM
JazzNZoeysmom Zippy Glidershorts GliderMap Visit JazzNZoeysmom's Photo Album USA 5354 Posts
When I first buy my fleece I toss it all in the washer with regular 'ol detergent, no fab. softner, on Cold. I dry it as normal cuz unlike Heidi...if it's gonna shrink, I'd rather it do it now! ~ Cuz after I've made cage sets I wash them with my regular laundry and that means the dryer also so I'd rather the fleece be pre-shrunk.

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Feb 19 2012
10:32:19 PM
CountrynCrafty Face Hugger GliderMap Visit CountrynCrafty's Photo Album CountrynCrafty's Journal USA 427 Posts
Ok so wash it cold, if I dont' want it to shrink air dry, if I don't care regular dry; I'll use my babies dreft to wash it :) What about what I've already used-specifially what I used to trim by ball pit-pit itself is mesh...can I spray it outside or something?
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Feb 19 2012
10:37:01 PM
JazzNZoeysmom Zippy Glidershorts GliderMap Visit JazzNZoeysmom's Photo Album USA 5354 Posts
Can you maybe soak the whole thing in some soapy water in the sink, rinse, squeeze as much of the water out as you can then set it in the sun to dry???

Kind of like hand washing a blouse...
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Feb 19 2012
11:02:35 PM
CountrynCrafty Face Hugger GliderMap Visit CountrynCrafty's Photo Album CountrynCrafty's Journal USA 427 Posts
Thanks Jazz great idea :)
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Feb 20 2012
11:00:33 AM
waterburyk9 Super Glider Visit waterburyk9's Photo Album 297 Posts
Fleece is a gift and a nightmare. It is made from PET plastic and does not like high heat or hot water. I wash mine with All clear and free and original Downy fabric softener and a downy dryer sheet for static.
Fleece that is intended for children's clothes and sleepwear has to be coated with a flame retardant or clearly state that it is not on the salvage edge or bolt at the store.
Fabric softener is a supposed no-no but I use it anyway- it will eventually leave a coating that affects the pile of the fabric. The cheaper the weave the faster the fabric softener and hot water affects the fabric and can cause pills as well.
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Feb 20 2012
12:11:46 PM
fox0r Face Hugger Gliderpedia Editor Visit fox0r's Photo Album USA 496 Posts
I was mine cold and dry low, or lay flat.

For fleece toys I hand wash in the tub with some Dawn.

I also don't use fabric softener on my glider things because a) it leaves a residue, and b) it kills the absorbancy of fabrics.
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Feb 20 2012
12:20:18 PM
Helen88uk Fuzzy Wuzzy Visit Helen88uk's Photo Album United Kingdom 1728 Posts
I've had mine thru the washer before, just on a normal 'quick wash'. Dried over a radiator. Normally I just throw them all in the bath tho and let them soak in hot water with a bit of washing powder in. Then rinse them and hang up to dry x
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Feb 20 2012
12:36:15 PM
JazzNZoeysmom Zippy Glidershorts GliderMap Visit JazzNZoeysmom's Photo Album USA 5354 Posts
Ok, I just wanna say... I make all my own cage stuff so I'm not really concerned if the washer & dryer beats them up cuz I'll just make some more.

For those of you that spend quite a bit of money purchasing thru vendors, obviously you want them to last quite awhile so I would use the others washing instructions over mine... use a bit more of a delicate touch to get your moneys worth out of your purchases...
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Feb 20 2012
12:56:57 PM
sldy63 Super Glider GliderMap Visit sldy63's Photo Album 282 Posts
I use softener on my fleece. The main thing I would recommend is be consistent. I use the same detergent and softener everytime so they don't have to get used to different scents.

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Feb 20 2012
01:45:50 PM
viciousencounters Goofy Gorillatoes GliderMap Gliderpedia Editor Visit viciousencounters's Photo Album viciousencounters's Journal NM, USA 2901 Posts
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by waterburyk9</i>
<br />Fleece is a gift and a nightmare. It is made from PET plastic and does not like high heat or hot water. I wash mine with All clear and free and original Downy fabric softener and a downy dryer sheet for static.
Fleece that is intended for children's clothes and sleepwear has to be coated with a flame retardant or clearly state that it is not on the salvage edge or bolt at the store.
Fabric softener is a supposed no-no but I use it anyway- it will eventually leave a coating that affects the pile of the fabric. The cheaper the weave the faster the fabric softener and hot water affects the fabric and can cause pills as well.
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Thanks waterbury, it is like no matter how many times I tell people why and how to wash fleece it doesn't seem to matter but possibly the way you put it will get through to them.
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Feb 20 2012
04:16:45 PM
waterburyk9 Super Glider Visit waterburyk9's Photo Album 297 Posts
Hi VE.
I have found that people just know better and blame the person who made the item months later....
I have found that I can strip my fleece (both people and animal) every 6 months or so. Just like you do for cloth diapers...except for the fact that I use warm water, as hot is just too hot and can melt the fibers.

I also some times will give a squirt of original dawn (the blue kind) and that helps remove the coating- I don't recommend this if you have a HE washer as the foaming will be an issue. The dawn removes the film that is left by fabric softener. The I double rinse, and re-wash without soap, checking to see if it foams up, if it does I restart the load...

I dry my stuff on medium for 10-20 minutes and it is dry, don't leave your stuff in the dryer longer as it gets too hot and starts to melt almost, even on low.

Edit: I forgot, I am lucky to have an almost endless supply of high quality material, but I want my stuff to last- so don't mix loads just fleece on the regular or delicate cycle.

If you purchase "cheap fleece" or cheap blankets to use, no matter how you wash they will pill and become ugly looking. So remember that when you purchase your fleece, sometimes I will purchase a cheap blanket for the pattern and live with it until it is crappy then chuck it or give it to the wildlife rehab lady, who uses it once and then chucks it...

Edited by - waterburyk9 on Feb 20 2012 04:22:49 PM
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Feb 20 2012
06:05:25 PM
Grace Face Hugger Visit Grace's Photo Album 428 Posts
Honestly, I had no idea that Fleece was so temperamental. I just wash mine on a weekly basis, or when we have a house showing and I need the room to smell better. I just throw mine in the wash on the normal setting. It's either on hot or on warm, and it really doesn't effect the fabric much. I normally will use it for a long while until it develops holes and stuff, then I save it and make more. The pieces I save, I make into a makeshift, ugly quilt and use it as a cage liner. I can never have too many ugly cage liners!
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Mar 02 2012
08:33:49 PM
Xotick Glider GliderMap Visit Xotick's Photo Album 76 Posts
I use regular detergent(nothing fancy), no fabric softner. I wash on cold and either air dry, dry with no heat or dry on low heat. Just depends on if it's something already made or new fleece. I use to wash the fleece prior to making things, but now I just allocate some shrinkage and wash the item after it's made and it tightens it up nicely especially if it's a pouch.
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Mar 02 2012
10:06:43 PM
Kozi Fuzzy Wuzzy GliderMap Visit Kozi's Photo Album Kozi's Journal WI, USA 1278 Posts
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Xotick</i>
<br />I use regular detergent(nothing fancy), no fabric softner. I wash on cold and either air dry, dry with no heat or dry on low heat. Just depends on if it's something already made or new fleece. I use to wash the fleece prior to making things, but now I just allocate some shrinkage and wash the item after it's made and it tightens it up nicely especially if it's a pouch.
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Like I said above.

I'd ONLY use the allergen stuff, the stuff that is 'Free & Clear', scent and dye free. Most 'regular' detergent is scented in one way or another and often blue or some other color. I'd rather be safe than sorry. It doesn't cost much more.
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Mar 02 2012
10:13:45 PM
Xotick Glider GliderMap Visit Xotick's Photo Album 76 Posts
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Kozi</i>
<br /><blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Xotick</i>
<br />I use regular detergent(nothing fancy), no fabric softner. I wash on cold and either air dry, dry with no heat or dry on low heat. Just depends on if it's something already made or new fleece. I use to wash the fleece prior to making things, but now I just allocate some shrinkage and wash the item after it's made and it tightens it up nicely especially if it's a pouch.
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Like I said above.

I'd ONLY use the allergen stuff, the stuff that is 'Free & Clear', scent and dye free. Most 'regular' detergent is scented in one way or another and often blue or some other color. I'd rather be safe than sorry. It doesn't cost much more.
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Yup you did already say it so not real sure why you are quoting me and saying it again. I wasn't the only one in the post that uses regular ol' detergent but you just had to quote me lmao. You guys crack me up.
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Mar 03 2012
01:05:16 AM
Ninja.TurtlesMom Joey Visit Ninja.TurtlesMom's Photo Album 21 Posts
I just use the normal detergent on the regular wash setting.I have about 3 different types of fleece that I wash every week. I haven't seen a difference in when I got it and after I have washed it so many times.
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Mar 03 2012
08:09:58 AM
CountrynCrafty Face Hugger GliderMap Visit CountrynCrafty's Photo Album CountrynCrafty's Journal USA 427 Posts
Thanks everyone! I didnt mean to start a debate lol
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Mar 03 2012
10:14:30 AM
sldy63 Super Glider GliderMap Visit sldy63's Photo Album 282 Posts
Just as an FYI, all fabric have chemicals in them. They put sizing in to make sure it looks nice when you get it.

If I spend to long in the mall shopping for clothes I will get a migraine from the formaldehyde. Fabric will absorb scents/chemicals even if they are not in direct contact with them. When they ship the fabric in the big container ships they come in contact with alot of things.
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Mar 04 2012
10:54:15 AM
sldy63 Super Glider GliderMap Visit sldy63's Photo Album 282 Posts
One thing I didn't see mentioned is no matter what kind of detergent/softener you use don't use too much. A common problem when people do laundry is that they use too much product. It's not good for your washer, and it's not good for the people/animals that come in contact with the fabrics. Measure, and don't guesstimate.......and in most cases you can use less detergent than what is called for.
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Mar 04 2012
11:25:32 AM
fox0r Face Hugger Gliderpedia Editor Visit fox0r's Photo Album USA 496 Posts
I always use less detergent than what it calls for, otherwise I get itchy. XD I think I use about half.
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