Dos and don’ts of washing burlap
Step-by-step guide – how to wash burlap
Get Your Hands Dirty – Burlap may be rough and tough, but it still needs a gentle hand when it comes to washing. So roll up your sleeves, get some cold water flowing, and prepare to get your hands dirty!
Make a Soapy Soak – Once you’ve got your hands wet, it’s time to create a soapy soak. Grab some mild detergent and add just a little bit to the cold water. You don’t want to overdo it, or you’ll have a bubbly mess on your hands!
Give it a Good Soak – Now that your soapy soak is ready, it’s time to give that burlap a good dunking. Gently place the fabric in the water and give it a little shake to help loosen any dirt or debris. Then, let it soak for a good 10-15 minutes. This is a good time to put on your favorite tunes and dance around a little bit.
Rinse and Roll – After your burlap has had a nice long soak, it’s time to rinse it out. Empty the soapy water and refill the sink with fresh, cold water. Give the burlap a good swish around to get rid of any remaining soap. Then, lay it out on a clean towel and roll it up to remove excess water. This is where you can practice your best burrito-rolling skills!
Let it Air Dry – The final step is to let your burlap air dry. Lay it out flat on a clean surface and let it dry naturally. Resist the urge to wring or twist it out, as this can damage the fibers. Just let it do its thing, and in no time you’ll have a fresh, clean piece of burlap ready for your next project!
FAQs on can you wash burlap
Can I machine wash burlap?
No, it’s not recommended to machine wash burlap as it can damage the fibers and cause shrinkage. Hand washing is the best method for cleaning burlap.
Will burlap shrink when washed?
Yes, burlap may shrink when washed, so it’s important to test a small piece of the fabric before washing the entire piece. If you do notice shrinkage, you may need to adjust the size of your project accordingly.
Can I use bleach or fabric softener when washing burlap?
No, it’s not recommended to use bleach or fabric softener when washing burlap. Bleach can damage the fibers and cause the fabric to weaken, while fabric softener can leave a residue on the burlap and make it less absorbent. Stick to a mild detergent and cold water for the best results.