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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:52 pm


Hmm, can I use the scented just for this time? Will it really affect them?

JensCritterDen
Guinea Pig Market

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:55 pm


I've just always used plain "Purex" on ours with no troubles.

JensCritterDen
Guinea Pig Market

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:08 pm


http://www.jenscustomcrafts.com/april-photo-contest.html

Tomorrow is the deadline in to get your photos over to me of your pets enjoying their "Jens Custom Crafts" products! I will have them listed on my Jens Custom Crafts fan page on Facebook for voting starting on the 16th or 17th.

Everyone will be allowed to vote once per day until the end of the month.

The winner with the most votes will win a free hut of their choice with 2 pads, and also a hut w/2 pads will be donated to their favorite rescue!

If you are in another country I just ask that you pay the shipping fees less $6.00 (what I would normally pay to ship one item within the USA).

Thanks and good luck!

Visit my website http://www.jenscustomcrafts.com for my email address to send the photos to!

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Pikatot

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:21 pm


I can't wait to see all the submissions!

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:28 pm


Fourth wash, no luck. I planned on using them today since their cage is filthy (not really disgusting, but by GL standards!) but they aren't wicking! Any advice?

JensCritterDen
Guinea Pig Market

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:35 pm


Maybe you are expecting too much out of them? I never wash mine several times before using them. The pee will eventually go through, it may just take a little longer. I would just go ahead and use them. Sorry you are having problems!

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:40 pm


Haha, oh no Jen! I'm sorry, my current fleece doesn't wick all the time either. It has "moods", like on certain days, it needs to be flipped over to other sides. -sigh- ;) Yeah, and when pee touches the fleece, it is "squirted" whereas the water I drip on the test it is "dripped". I'm going to put them in :) If I have GPs with wet buts tomorrow, I'll know why! Haha!

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WindeSpirit
Sewing for a Cause

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:32 pm


BeanieBaby11 - scented detergents are fine to use, if it's strongly scented just add some vinegar in the rinse to remove the scent or do a second rinse to dampen the scent more.
You really do need to use detergent to break in the fleece though, powder is best and manufacture recommended.

JensCritterDen
Guinea Pig Market

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:35 pm


Thanks Windespirit! I'm new to all of this wicking business myself :-)

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WindeSpirit
Sewing for a Cause

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:44 pm


Not a problem :-) I'll give ya another year or two to learn how to strip chemicals of fleeces :P

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:44 pm


Hm, I just put in the blanket and BB peed and it pooled :-( Onto 5th wash. Is this right: 1st rinse Hot with Detergent 2nd rinse warm with vinegar Dry on low heat?

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WindeSpirit
Sewing for a Cause

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:55 pm


Wash/rinse warm
Dry medium (or medium-low depending on settings)

Can skip the hot water and save energy if you're putting in vinegar or using detergent w/bleach. (w/bleach is not alternative bleach)

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:08 pm


The detergent doesn't have bleach. My dad just yelled at me for wasting energy, guess I'll have to wait another day to do some cycles. Sadly, that means another day for BB and Muffin in a dirty cage. I guess I was stuck with the stubborn JoAnn's fleece Jen :-)

Are there any other tips or tricks? I can use anything and everything, haha! Time is money! ;-)

JensCritterDen
Guinea Pig Market

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:26 pm


That stinks. I wonder why it's giving you such a hard time. I honestly wash mine one time and then put them in the cages. I wonder if giving them a good scrub with detergent and warm water by hand would work? Perhaps with one of those bristled scrubbers? Maybe that would get the chemicals off.

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:34 pm


Maybe... I just used Tide Original Scent. The first 3 times I didn't use detergent though, could that be it? Bristled scrubbers? Don't know if I have one!

jedifreac

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:43 pm


Pee is always going to pool a little bit at first though!

Rather than test and see if it wicks right away, leave it alone for 5-10 minutes and come back. If the pee has been absorbed through, then you're okay. That isn't long enough for it to evaporate. A few more minutes after that and the surface of the fleece should be completely dry to the touch unless you press down hard.

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:47 pm


Jedifreac - I can literally squeeze the pee out of the fleece twenty minutes after - I've tried the test! Haha, but with the fleece I have now, the pee wicks instantly. I guess I got lucky!

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WindeSpirit
Sewing for a Cause

Post   » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:21 am


I think it's not using detergent that is giving the hard time. Think of new fleece in terms of greasy cast iron pan and dish soap. Are you going to get all the grease off in plain water, and if so, how long is going to take without the soap? Same concept, understandable terms.

Also, not all fleece is created equal !

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3popcornpiggies

Post   » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:39 am


Pikatot: The pics are up, you just can't vote yet! I love the picture of Tater Tot. :)

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:29 am


Thanks Windespirit! This will be my 2nd wash with detergent (5th wash overall), so let's see how it goes!

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