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Cleaning Epaulet Sleeves?

Started by Capt Thompson, June 23, 2020, 06:50:06 pm

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Capt Thompson

Picked up a few pair of used grey epaulet sleeves really cheap on eBay, but they are slightly dingy looking. Not bad, and I could probably wear them without anyone noticing, but I'd rather clean them. Does anyone know what the material is, or have any best practices for cleaning them?
Capt Matt Thompson
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THRAWN

I used to just put them in a shirt pocket, button it, and toss the whole thing in the wash...
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Eclipse

Won't that cause all sorts of havoc with them?

I would hand wash with Woolite or similar cleaner for delicates, and / or spot clean them.



SarDragon

I use a small zippered net bag. Works great.
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THRAWN

Quote from: Eclipse on June 23, 2020, 08:52:57 pmWon't that cause all sorts of havoc with them?

I would hand wash with Woolite or similar cleaner for delicates, and / or spot clean them.

It hasn't since 1994...
Strup
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Capt Thompson

Quote from: SarDragon on June 23, 2020, 10:22:59 pmI use a small zippered net bag. Works great.

Cold water, gentle cycle I assume?
Capt Matt Thompson
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Mitchell - 31 OCT 98 (#44670) Earhart - 1 OCT 00 (#11401)

JC004

June 24, 2020, 01:08:31 am #6 Last Edit: June 24, 2020, 02:20:16 am by JC004
The white interfacing inside may melt if exposed to high heat in drying or whatever.  Otherwise, as long as they are covered/protected, they should be fine.  If not, you can call 800-221-1264 and say "I'd like to place an order..."  ;D >:D

SarDragon

Quote from: 1st Lt Thompson on June 23, 2020, 11:49:18 pm
Quote from: SarDragon on June 23, 2020, 10:22:59 pmI use a small zippered net bag. Works great.

Cold water, gentle cycle I assume?

We wash almost everything in cold water, and I think they just got thrown in with the light colors. It's been a while. I think they got air dried.
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TheSkyHornet

Try hydrogen peroxide in the future. It can work on grease stains, coffee, pen, blood...