So, you stained your macramé. Was it coffee? Was it wine? Or was it THE wine? Don’t worry. We’re not here to judge, just coming through with the clutch.
Hopefully, the accident just occurred and you’re in a rush. There’s no time to waste so let’s get started. If you just dropped liquid on your macramé, hold the freshly strained area under a tap and let cold water run through the back of the stain for around 5 minutes. While this is happening, rub the stain very gently. You can use mild detergents but make sure to not use any that contains bleach.
If your stain consists of dust or dirt, we’ve got you covered too. The very first thing to remember is not to submerge your item in any liquid. That means no on the washing machine. All you’re going to need is a white, damp cloth with a mild detergent. Remember, no bleach. Keep dabbing at the back of the stain with your damp cloth for around 5 minutes.
Once your done with the first step of cleaning your stains, hang your macramé out to dry. Make sure to keep your items away from direct sunlight to avoid discoloration. Choose a dry ventilated area that will allow your macramé to cool and air dry without any contact with sunlight.
Maintaining Your Macramé
Right, we’ve got the emergencies out the way. That was a close one. Now let’s talk about how you can maintain your macramé. Macramé adds an amazing rustic touch to whatever it is that you’re looking to decorate, but it’s also important to take care of it. These handmade products require a delicate touch to keep up to standards. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get Martha Stewart to guide you through it, but we’re confident you’ll have a better understanding of how to take care of your items once we’re done.
When it comes to smaller items like purses and rugs would need to be washed at least every two weeks. However, bigger items only need to be washed once a month. This would be your curtains, wall hangers or plant hangers. Depending on the product or its condition, the method in which you wash your items defer.
For most of your macramé, start off with using a soft bristle brush off any dust particles. Using mild detergent, run your items through the washing machine on a delicate cycle. If your macramé is older, or in a fragile condition, hand wash them gently. Use lukewarm water along with mild detergent. Gently scrub your cloth before rinsing it under cool water. Remember not to wring your macramé.
To clean your macramé plant hangers, you’re going to need two spray bottles. Fill one up with your homemade solution. For this you’ll need mild detergent, baking soda, lukewarm water and lemon juice. Fill the other spray bottle with cool water. Spray your solution on the macramé plant hanger, then spray cool water over areas you sprayed the detergent to, and air dry.
One more thing, make sure to keep a look out for pests. Macramé is made of cotton and like any other natural fibre, is a possible food source for a variety of pests. To prevent this from occurring, remember to dust off your macramé every now and then. Do not use a vacuum. Simply take your items outside and gently shake from side to side. Additionally, you could also use a lint roller to remove any dust particles. You can also iron your items or steam them.
So, what have we learnt? We’re clumsy but there’s always a fix. To recap, we’re going to run through a few of the Don’ts, or as we in the macramé industry like to call them, “Do Knots”.
Don’t use Bleach.
To wash your macramé, use mild detergents with no bleach. You can also create your own liquid. What you need is mild dish soap, baking soda and lukewarm water. Simply add the mild dish soap and baking soda to your lukewarm water until completely dissolved.
Keep away from Sunlight.
When drying your macramé, keep away from sunlight. This is to make sure that your items do not discolour. Hang your items in a dry ventilated area and let them air dry.
Do not vacuum.
Gently shake or use a lint roller.
Please don’t use Bleach.
Did we mention no bleach? Yea, that’s kind of important.
That’s about it. Easy Peasy. Just another low maintenance product. Just make sure to clean your smaller macramé items twice a week, the bigger ones once a month, avoid using bleach, hot water, direct sunlight, vacuuming and remember to wash delicately. Let’s be honest, it’s worth it