Susan asked: I have a dream catcher that has fur and wool and cannot be laundered. How do I get the smoke stains off it?
Dreamcatchers are made with a huge variety of materials, many of which, like wool, are not washable. As a result, cleaning them can be quite difficult, especially when it comes to stubborn stains. If a gentle cleaning with a toothbrush and mild detergent doesn’t take smoke and nicotine stains out of unwashable fabrics found on your dreamcatcher, give this heavier-duty method a try.
You Will Need:
- Dry cleaning fluid
- Absorbent pads
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Place an absorbent pad under the material to be cleaned. This will both catch the extra liquid as well as absorb any of the removed stain.
- Pour a small quantity of dry cleaning solution over the stained fabric. For best results, saturate the stain.
- Wet a second absorbent pad with dry cleaning solution.
- Place it over the stained fabric. Allow it to sit so the cleaner can soak into the stain.
- After five minutes, press firmly then remove the pads. If the stain has transferred to either pad, replace it.
- Repeat until no more stain is transferred to the pad. You will probably not be able to remove any more stain from this point.
- Flush the fabric with dry cleaning fluid again to “rinse.”
- Allow the piece to air dry completely.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Feathers require special care, so this method is not recommended for cleaning them. For a variety of methods to clean feathers, see our guide How to Clean Feathers.
- For general cleaning of a dreamcatcher, see our guide How to Clean a Dreamcatcher. These methods can also work for removing minor smoke residue.