Cross Stitch Cleaning Tips
After you have completed a cross stitch pattern, it is best to clean it. This removes the oils left behind when you touched the cloth and floss / thread. After spending many hours on a cross stitch project, you don’t want to damage it during cleaning. Many experts suggest you always clean your projects when you finish to remove the oils left behind when you touched the cloth.
There are two ways to clean your cross stitch project: hand washing or dry cleaning. If you’ve included beads in your project, you cannot dry clean it. This is something you might want to consider this before adding any embellishments to your cross stitch project.
Many cross stitch fabrics can be hand washed. This information is typically included on the label. There are several types of floss that are not washable. Before hand washing, you should test if the floss is washable. To do this, first choose a few strands of each color of the leftover floss you used in your project. Put the strands in lukewarm water, and then place them on a white towel or cloth and pat dry. If the dye on the floss runs, you should not hand wash your completed cross stitch pattern.
When if comes to floss, some are washable, other are not. Consult the information from the manufacturer. Eve if the manufacturer says the floss is run-resistant, still test it.
If your fabric can be washed,
- At no point, should you wring your project. You must be gentle at all times.
- First, pre-rinse your cross-stitch piece under cold water.
- Then place the entire finished project into a clean container filled with cold, soapy water. Be sure to use a only a small amount of very mild soap or detergent. The soap or detergent you chose should not contain bleach, fragrances, fabric softeners, or laundry brighteners. Some craft stores sell specialized soaps for cleaning cross stitch and other embroidery projects. One example is Orvus.
- After you place your project in the water, soak for a few minutes. Then, empty the container and fill with it clean, cold water. Submerge your cross stitch project and swirl it in the water to remove the soap residue. Remove the project, empty the water, refill the container, and then rinse your project again.
- Regardless of the type of soap or detergent you use, you need to rinse your project several times. Continue rinsing your cross stitch until all the soap suds are gone and the water is clear.
- Remove your project and place it flat to dry on a clean cloth or towel. You can gently roll the cross-stitch project in the clean towel before lying flat to dry, to speed up the drying process. Just make sure to be gentle.