aren't too many events in the lives of adults that call for the
use of tulle
fabric. This fluffy confection of a textile is most often
used to create diaphanous and ethereal gowns, so the only occasions
for which you might reasonably wear such a dress are your wedding
day, a gala event, a night at the opera, or Halloween. If you
happen to attend a lot of high-class events, however, you could
end up with some tulle in your closet. More likely, though, you'll
have daughters who take ballet or you'll use this fancy fabric
for your holiday cor, just for example. The long and short of
it is that although you may not have a lot of use for tulle in
your life, you'll have to take care of the gowns and decor that
do feature such finery. And since tulle is so delicate, you need
to take great care when it comes to cleaning and maintaining it.
Here are a few handy tips to help you out.
wash. In truth, there is nothing to stop you from machine washing
tulle, so long as you use a gentle setting and cool water. However,
even the gentle cycle may be too harsh for delicate tulle, and
if it gets snagged on something during the wash cycle it will
surely be ruined. If you want to preserve your garments your best
bet is to find an appropriate cleanser, one that is mild enough
for the fabric, and wash them by hand.
dry. Many newer dryers come with myriad options, including those
that dry on low heat or cooler fluff-dry settings. However, even
more gentle settings may not be enough to protect your tulle from
damage. Since tulle is so lightweight, it will quickly dry in
the air anyway, so why would you risk it tearing or becoming brittle
by putting it in the dryer?
intense heat. Because tulle is a synthetic fabric, you don't have
to worry about it shrinking in the washer or dryer. But because
it is so delicate, extreme heat can still damage it, nonetheless.
It can easily be burned, melted, or become dry and brittle when
exposed to heat. It is for this reason that you should wash it
in cool water and avoid blasting it with hot air. You'll also
want to steer clear of ironing, so it's lucky that tulle doesn't
wrinkle easily. If it's been in storage for a while, however,
simply spritz it with some water from a spray bottle, fluff it,
and let it dry to remove any wrinkles.
dry cleaning. Most people don't have tons of time to spend on
finicky laundry, but you don't want to take tulle to dry cleaners.
Although they won't hit your fabric with heat, they will expose
it to harsh chemicals, which could be just as damaging. For the
same reason you'll probably want to avoid bleach. If your tulle
somehow gets stained, rub it gently with soap and water until
the stain comes or try a product designed to treat stains.
guidelines. Tulle that is stored flat or compressed may not rebound
easily, and since the main appeal of the fabric lies in its buoyancy,
your best option to maintain its appearance and keep it looking
like new is to hang it in a place where it has plenty of room