How to Remove Stains From Felt

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Felt is not an easy fabric to clean because it is made of wool. Woolen fabrics stretch in the wash and shrink in the dryer. Removing stains from felt is a useful skill because felt fabric is often used in clothing and bags and on pool tables. When staining occurs, a knowledge of stain lifting saves you from ruining valuable belongings.

Things You'll Need

  • Lint-free, microfiber cloths
  • Vinegar
  • Cold water
  • Small dish
  • Blot the stain with a lint-free cloth to keep it from spreading to surrounding areas of the felt. (This only applies if the stain is fresh.)

  • Mix 1 cup of cold water and 1 tbsp. of vinegar in a small dish to create a mild cleaning solution that is safe to use on felt.

  • Dip the cloth into the mixture and soak thoroughly.

  • Wipe the stain gently with the wet cloth to pick off the stain. Rinse the cloth often. Repeat until the stain is removed. If the stain is stubborn, a bristled brush makes the process easier. Don't rub too hard with the brush or it will damage the fabric.

  • Blot on the remaining water with a dry cloth and lay the felt on a flat surface to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid over-handling felt fabrics with your bare hands because body oils easily stain felt.

References

  • "Household Cleaning: Self-Sufficiency"; Rachel Strauss; 2009
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