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01-12-2004
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Well if it isn't a hassle you can take it to your dry cleaners one more time. Vintage is always the hardest to clean so a second visit to the cleaners should help. Also Febreeze is safe, just don't get too Febreeze happy or else you have to wait to let it dry

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yeah, I agree about using febreeze too, and the second trip to the cleaners. I have a number of vintage coats that were/are musty. I've found that after going through the stages of dry cleaning, febreezing, dry cleaning again, etc the next best thing you can do is just wear them outside as much as you can (trying to temporarily get past the fact that you smell like an attic ). I'm not sure why, but I just found that if you wear the clothes enough times, the smell does eventually fade away. also, when you store it, let it hang free, apart from all of your other clothes. that should air it a bit.

so yeah, basically patience.

hm, this isn't terribly helpful I know. anyone else have any suggestions?

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Stick it in a garment bag with some potpourri for a while.

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fabreze or anything like it will work...spray inside and out...and i think you should put on enought so that it is slightly damp...and then let it air dry in an open area...
i did this with a vintage fur capelet...worked like a charm...

there is also a home dry cleaning kit called dry-el...you can dry clean in your home dryer for a fraction of the cost of commercial dry cleaning and save yourself a trip...k-mart sells it...

i LOVE it..!!!

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Quote:
Originally posted by softgrey@Dec 1 2004, 07:02 PM
there is also a home dry cleaning kit called dry-el...you can dry clean in your home dryer for a fraction of the cost of commercial dry cleaning and save yourself a trip...k-mart sells it...

i LOVE it..!!!
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dryel is the best thing ever invented. though I found it's not so great for coats and really big vintage pieces...it's not quite potent enough.

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can't you just do it a couple of times?...

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can't you just do it a couple of times?...
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no, I've tried actually. for coats, it tends to mask the smell, but it doesn't get rid of it. a couple of proper dry cleanings are best for coats I think. though dryel is a dream for everything else. I buy so much vintage that the dry cleaning bills would be ridiculous. so much cheaper, and much less trouble.

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yes...dryel is so great...it's just a pain to find it in the city...because so few epople actually own a washer/dryer, very few store stock the product...it's always a special trip to k-mart...but as you said...soooo worth it in what i save on dry cleaning...

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OOOOh...that SMELL...vintage mustiness...!!
how do you get the SMELL out of VINTAGE clothing???...

i was shopping in a very high end vintage store recently and came very close to buying a lovely ysl peasant bls from the 70's...

but the smell... ...


i asked the girl at the store for tips on getting it gone...
she said she is so immune to it that she doesn't even smell it anymore...

while i am sure that is true...
i am also sure that the people who might stand or sit next to me wearing that bls are NOT immune, nor am i...

dry cleaning does not remove odors...
so what does??...
if an item cannot be launderd by hand, what are your options...??

FABREZE?...
putting it outside to air out?...
anything else?...

ALL IDEAS AND TIPS mucho APPRECIATED...
thx...

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Oh,I dunno. I admit I am quite immune to it myself

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I would suggest hanging outside in a breeze softgrey (your deck?). I am not a fan of spaying something on to mask the odor. That seems a bit skanky doesn't it. Like the dirty parisians of the past who sprayed perfume onto their smelly bodies to obscure the stink. No try hanging outside & then getting drycleaned & then storing with lavendar scented bags or in a cupboard lined with scented paper. That should do the trick. The smell isn't so bad I don't think anyway.

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I have heard (and tried) this trick: Take warm water and but a little pit of etiquette to the water then put your clothing item there and wait for a while and then put it to the washing machine.. It works. I think this trick was in Queer eye for a straight guy

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^^^
first...what do you mean by etiquette????....
are you joking?...

second...i am referring specifically to garments which cannot be LAUNDERED...
meaning -cannot go in water...

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Good question!!

I don't have a tried and true method, but what Helena suggests makes sense to me. The good ole air dry

Juzuxel - Interesting! I'm assuming this is only for machine washables? Where do you place the clothing item in relation to the steam bath? Do you hang it over it? I don't completely understand... Thanks

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softgrey thats the other option....i do it often myself - hang the clothes over a steamy bath. Its more to get creases out but it may help odour too.

juzuxel - i think you may have used the wrong words to describe what you mean. Maybe you could try again esp. if you have tried it.

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