Cleaning rod bags...

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Jeremy Croxall
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Cleaning rod bags...

Post by Jeremy Croxall » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:59 pm

Has any one dry cleaned their rod bag? I have a Milwards rod bag in good condition but grubby, I don't want to machine wash it in case it shrinks. It is made from a fine cotton twill and incorporates a silk label, press studs and a zip. I have never seen such a nice rod bag!

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Re: Cleaning rod bags...

Post by Harry H » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:24 pm

I normally just leave mine to soak in Ariel washing liquid for about an hour then rinse in clean water then allow to drip dry on the line. Then give it an iron but don't iron the label, I've never had a problem with shrinking.
Make sure the water isn't to hot I normally give it a stir with my hand something quite nice at seeing all those years of grime cloud the water.
Those bags are really nice, I've only seen them before with the versa range.
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Re: Cleaning rod bags...

Post by Duckett » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:09 pm

On the recommendation of a friend of a friend who works as a fabric conservator, any non-bio delicate wash liquid (it will say for wool, silk and cashmere) at 20C or 30C. Either hand wash or in a washing machine on the wool cycle but slow spin and adjust the temp. if needed. Air or drip dry but not in direct sunlight on a hot summers day. Has never let me down. I use Sainsbury’s version - small clear bottle, pink label. Don’t iron, she says that’s strictly for experts.
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