Cathy asked: How do I clean white tree flocking from fabric? My sister and I decorated an eight foot, live Christmas tree that was flocked for the Vancouver Rotary’s Festival of Trees a couple of weeks ago. I wore a 50% nylon/50% polyester light cover up because of the cold where we were and got the tree flocking all over it. It did not come out when I washed it. I only hung it up to dry, but the stuff is still stuck all over it. It I too tedious to just pick it off, and it doesn’t just brush off! I appreciate any help.
Tree flocking can be made of a few different things, cellulose perhaps most common, but no matter what the ingredients, this trick will remove a great bit of it from your clothing.
You Will Need:
- Lint roller or
- Wide packing or duct tape
Steps to Remove Flocking:
- Roll the lint roller over the surface of the fabric or wrap a strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat the fabric.
- As the surface picks up flocking, replace the roller sheet or get a new strip of tape.
- If you try a lint roller or another weak tape first and it does not fully remove the flocking, try a stronger tape like duct tape.
- Continue until all the flocking has been cleaned up.
Additional Tips and Advice
- To pack a bigger punch, try Gorilla Tape from the makers of Gorilla Glue.
- If necessary, turn the fabric over and work from the inside. This tactic may help you get the last stubborn bits of flocking off the clothing.
- If the above trick still isn’t removing all the flocking, try using a fabric shaver.