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How to Clean A Paper Straw Hat

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By black_tulip

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I bought from a second-hand store last afternoon a seemingly straw hat made in China and, surprisingly made with paper. It isn't tell from which kind of paper it is. May be it could be a raw rice paper and it is in a pretty good shape unless five spots I'm unable to get rid of. This second-hand hat that I'm very proud of would be almost fine without these spots at front side..

Four of these stains are coloured with a kind of light reddish brown. The last one is like a very little moisture spot.

Share a Little Background Info

I don't know exactly the nature of these spots; may be are they coming from trees the ancient owner passed by... I know that there are tree species that give some "resin - a sort of reddish glue" that I must say smells very good when spring comes through.

Lessons Learned

  • I tried to remove them first with "Grandma's Secret Spot Remover" (I gave it a couple of minutes - almost thirty - to do the job, I thought it was enough...).
  • As mentioned on Laundry Label, I wept them with a humid towel.
  • No stains went off or transferred onto this towel.
  • After these stains dried from a cool fan placed six feet above; stains where still there.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

Straw-mock hat made with paper (probably rice paper).

P.S. Be clement with my bad English grammar and vocabulary; my mother tongue is French. I frequently read English Web Sites in order to observe a better performance in my English as a second language. And I love this tongue very very very much

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Thank you for writing. I'm sure your chapeau is lovely. Mystery stains on paper hats can be difficult to remove because you do not want to destroy the paper. Since we don't know what caused the stains, start with something gentle. Mix a paste of powdered oxygen-based bleach and a bit of water. Apply the paste to the stained areas and allow to work for eight hours. Then carefully brush away the dried mixture. If the stain is gone, great! If it is lighter but still there, repeat the steps.

Good luck!

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