Fleece preparation driving me MAD!

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pigsforlife3

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 12:09 am


I purchased 2 fleece throws last week, and since then I have washed it 4 or so times and soaked it overnight yet still it isnt wicking through - just pooling on top.

Am I doing something wrong? I put the fleece in the washing machine, dont add anything (should I be?), then let it dry on the line before testing it.

I just want to get it working!

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Quinc-Emma

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 12:11 am


I Have the SAME problem!! it's driving me crazy!

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GuineaPiggin

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 12:12 am


I washed mine twice. First time with bleach, then while still in the washer washed it a second time with vinegar. Then dried it on the air setting of the drier. No pooling liquids.

Just my two cents. Good luck! I can't wait to go back to my fleece soon here (have to use shavings over the winter).

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pigsforlife3

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 12:24 am


I am going to try that GP, am also going to put it on a warmer setting. Hopefully that will help some.

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Quinc-Emma

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 12:37 am


I put a lot of vinegar in the water and turned the setting to hot. so hopefully this works..

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Aertyn

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 12:58 am


I always wash in cold water, and I always use at least 500ml of white Vinegar. Though I do sort of 'slosh' it in...never measured :P

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GuineaPiggin

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 2:06 am


Same here Aertyn. Wash cold and "slosh" in the vinegar, I just guess about how much goes in, but is relatively the same each load.

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pigsforlife3

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 2:20 am


I generally wash cold as well, just read on GPC that people have had luck on a warmer setting.

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pigsforlife3

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 2:29 am


IT WORKS! After 7 washes (4 of which were on cold, 3 on warm) and one overnight soaking we are finally wicking properly. YAY!

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WEAVER
one pig at a time.

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 8:36 am


Glad to hear you got it. I always wash new fleece on warm, double cycle and usually have to wash and dry it five times. I love the look of new fleece, but I hate prepping it.

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Aertyn

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 8:59 am


Oh Ash, forgot to tell you!

Lincraft has fleece blankets (some really cute prints too!) for $12...they are 1.5 metres by 2 metres.

I have an obsession with fleece...so far I've got, oh lord...9 blankets :P

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WEAVER
one pig at a time.

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 9:18 am


Aertyn, I have so many, I am not even sure how many sets I have :P

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Aertyn

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 9:34 am


Yes well, my pigs don't even live in permanent C+C's yet lol! And when they do (8 weeks to go!) it's only going to be two cages...eep :P

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rshevin

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 9:56 am


I haven't had to prep mine that much for some reason. Remember that the fleece has to have something absorbent right underneath for it to wick properly.

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babytulip07

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 10:36 am


I prepped mine about 5 times in the hottest setting, worked perfectly.

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rshevin

Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 10:42 am


I forgot to add, I also found being sure to add vinegar to the rinse cycle made a TON more lint in the dryer. I'm assuming more lint = more prepping = more wicking. Maybe. Anyway, I washed my anti-pill fleece from hancock 3 times in hot water with detergent and vinegar and dried 3 times. It felt like my old blankets and seems to work well already. Oddly, the patterned arctic fleece (I think that's the name) hasn't prepped nearly as quickly. It still feels smooth and thick.

Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the anti-pill fleece pills up the fastest?

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Feylin

Post   » Mon May 12, 2008 9:49 am


ha, yes I noticed the same thing rshevin. The anti-pill does seem to prep the fastest and work best, though. That blizzard/arctic fleece never worked so well for me.

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Quinc-Emma

Post   » Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:28 am


is thick fleece or thin fleece the best?

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Jasmaya

Post   » Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:07 pm


I had a bit of luck with my new anti pill fleece by washing it the first time with detergent and warm water with 2 rinses. I then dried this on low.

The second wash I used warm water and vinegar in about the same qty that is said above and used a single rinse. I then dried this on med and the fleece seemed fine after that.

Hmm, I guess it just depends on the fleece :(

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Feylin

Post   » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:02 pm


I think it's best to just wash and then dry it A LOT. Like go through the whole cycle 5 times. Highly annoying but it works.

I use the anti pill fleece. Blizzard and polar fleece never wicks properly for me even though it has the neatest patterns.

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