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BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help

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Subject: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 09:15 PM

I have a Pendleton "Raven" blanket (one of the ones made to honor the various Nations). Over the years it has accumulated a white lint from another blanket.

I've had the Raven cleaned and the lint remains. I've tried vacuuming it with little success. To run one of those sticky lint pick-up rollers over both sides would put me in the poorhouse.

Apart from picking it off piece by piece, does anyone have any suggestions?

We really, really like the blanket....


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: gnu
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 09:21 PM

Um... I knida hate to admit this, but, there are lint shavers... mostly for shaving sweaters... I swear there is a good explanation as to why i know this. Check a few stores out... ask your local wool shop.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: gnu
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 09:24 PM

J...XG... whisht yer gob. Ewe know ye ken.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: eddie1
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 09:49 PM

Try wrapping Scotch Tape (sticky side out) round your hand and patting it gently.
It's worked for me with sweaters in the past.

Eddie


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Peace
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 10:05 PM

I tried that Eddie, and she slapped me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: CarolC
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 10:17 PM

In the absence of a lint shaver, I've had good results with a pair of scissors. Just shear the lint off (like using sheep shears), but be careful not to cut into the yarn (that would be bad).


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 10:23 PM

Wrap the tape around something large and cylindrical. (I said LARGE, like one of those document-protector tube thingies you put your Farrah Fawcett posters and diplomas in. Or a carpet roll thing.

Wrap the tape sticky side out around your whole body and roll around on the blanket. Don't use duct tape, or you'll be doing a Cleopatra imitation. Make sure you can get to the phone just in case, and wear some sort of non-silly clothing.

You can get that wide packing tape.
Get one of those fake velvet blankets, lay it down on top of the Pendleton Blankie and pull it across. It will brush the lint off. This works, but make sure you have a 'buddy' and a defibrillator, because the static electricity shock is gonna knock your ass out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Bee
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 11:25 PM

I could lend you Snowball, the formerly feral feline: he's taken to eating the lint pills off all the blankets here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 11:44 PM

I have a "sweater stone" that my sister sent one year as a stocking stuffer. She bought it at Eddie Bauer. I haven't had many occasions to use it, but it is like a really porous piece of pumice and picks up the lint without the possible hazard of leaving behind sticky tape residue. It works well.

"Sweater Stone is especially useful on all natural and synthetic knits. Its unique, pumice-like surface quickly lifts and trims fibers on sweaters, shirts, skirts and jackets. It can be used on a variety of fabrics, including suede, wool and all cotton clothing. . . even on upholstery."

They still have them. Under the "Bags and Gear" category and then go to "survival kits & gadgets." (I'd send the link, except I got there via a search and I don't think it is durable.)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 03:08 AM

Get a big bit of velcro... it picks up all the lint from inside the dryer and renders itself useless so it should work pretty well on lint balls.

Could this be a new medical complaint?

Doctor, I've got lint balls!

Well take this piller and see me in the morning.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 01:38 PM

A shaver would damage a Pendleton blanket. A definite no-no!

Try the tape-velcro suggestion. If that doesn't work, or pulls too mucch of the wool, consult a professional rug-blanket cleaner.

Your blanket is an attractive one, the 'Raven' no longer available. For a while, my younger daughter ran a boutique and she sold Pendleton woolen blankets, coats, etc. As a result, we often gave them as presents in the family.

The Navajo Water Blanket now on offer, to benefit the Indian College Fund, is a beauty!


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Bee
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 01:45 PM

I just remembered that I had some success with using a human hairbrush, fairly close natural bristle, to get lint pills from an acrylic cheap blanket off an old and fragile wool blanket. The trick was in brushing slowly across sections of the blanket, using a gentle 'lifting' motion - hard to descibe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 03:05 PM

Did somebody say Lint Balls?


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 03:12 PM

I also have (ahem...shuffling feet) one of the She Who Watches blankets Lillian Pitt designed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 07:38 PM

I've wanted to see that pictograph, but haven't been up the Columbia for many years.

I have a lot of textiles from the family home in Connecticut. I have a Navajo blanket from aunts in Pennsylvania. They didn't take good care of it. I have rugs from Oaxaca that I have hanging on walls and some stored in trunks still. Lots of hand work, I think I need to do a revolving exhibition of it.

I would think twice about using Velcro on that rug. It will pull more fibres away from the body of the blanket and could cause snags to worsen. Or at least, use a "weak" Velcro, not one of the heavy duty military ones they use to stick jeeps in place when they're inside transport planes, etc.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 10:24 PM

Once in a while I wash a load of clothes not knowing that there was a kleenex in a pocket. When I take the load out, there are fragments of kleenex stuck to the clothes.

The solution is to put the clothes in the dryer with a Bounce softener sheet. The kleenex pieces are stripped right off and wind up in the lint trap.

Perhaps you could put the blanket in the dryer with a damp towel and a Bounce sheet and the white lint would wind up in the lint trap, like the kleenex.

Don't use high heat, and don't forget the damp towel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 10:43 PM

Dryer sheets are one of the least healthy things you can use in your house.

Here's a tidy list from a blog:

    So I'll have to be honest, I like to consider myself a pretty knowledgeable guy when it comes to the environment/environmentalism etc... But, I've never heard of dryer sheets being bad for the environment, more along the lines of bad for living things in general.

    I've always known that there were nasty petroleum based chemicles in sheets but until doing some research I had no idea there were so many. I was a bit taken back when I saw the following list:

    # Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
    # Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
    # Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
    # A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
    # Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list
    # Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
    # Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
    # Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders



SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 09:01 AM

I've been thinking about the dryer, using just the "air only" setting. The blanket is cotton and wool and I might need a larger dryer than the one I have.

I'm also considering placing an old wool Army blanket over the top of the Raven one. Since the Army blanket rides around in the car I don't really care it it has lint on it or not, as long as it's warm if I need it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: peregrina
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 09:02 AM

lovely wool blanket in dryer? could turn into felt...


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 10:44 AM

Hain't read the whole thread, but when I have a mega-linting to remove I use cheap duck tape. Lay out blankie on a flat surface and do a section at a time.

Never mind bothering to roll the tape around your hand so you can be a lint roller. Just tear off a piece of tape. Lay the tape onto the blanket. Press it down and run your hand across. Tear the tape off the blankie like a pand-aid. Repeat.

You'll get several uses out of each piece, with each piece's turn doing less well as it goes along, so start the next piece lightly picking up what's been missed as you start each new section.

It develops a rhythm. You don't even havbe to look too closely as you work-- you can watch TV or listen to music. Can be done outdoors on a pretty fall day on a picnic table.

Be creative, but it works: I de-lint a LOT of black items from the thrift shop that become professional clergy clothing, tote bags, a laptop case coated in cat hair and dust......

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 04:20 PM

Or you could turn it into one of those all purpose curses, like crap on a cracker or J H Keerist on a roller skate...

I'll try it next time I slip in the street... 'Oh lint on a blanket, I did it again, that's gonna be sore in the morning!'

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 04:34 PM

;-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 04:40 PM

Paper masking tape does a good job. Just lay a strip on the blanket, and then remove it and put it down on the next bit, and when it gets full up with lint, use another strip.

Less messy than sellotape/scotchtape, while ducktape tends to stick to the fabric too firmly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 04:49 PM

Sticks like duck to a blanket


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 05:03 PM

Oh no. I'm not going to take any chance on felting the blanket!

I'll get some WIDE masking tape and go to it. Then I'll spray it with a good plastic varnish to it won't lint up again.























(Just kidding about the last!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 05:08 PM

Duck tape is not near as gummy as DUCT tape. You can try it with masking tape, but you may find it's not sticky enough.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: gnu
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 06:14 PM

Lint on a blanket... and crumbs on the breakfast table... and a million other little things to spoil my day...

Apologies to Jethro Tull.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 10:17 PM

Tull it like it is, gnu!


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 08:57 AM

Rapaire, a few minutes of low heat in the dryer isn't going to felt your blanket. Knitters 'felt' their projects by putting them in water and agitating. Most do it in a washing machine. Here's a link:

http://knitting.about.com/od/felting/ss/hand_felting_2.htm

I am sure that the problem with your blanket is that the white lint and the wool fibers are attracted to one another by static electricity. A fabric softener will cut the static.

But if the blanket is a treasure, why don't you contact the Pendleton people and ask their advice? They probably have a web site and a 'contact us' link.

By the way, I don't believe any of that stuff copied above about the dangerous chemicals in a Bounce sheet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: ranger1
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 09:22 AM

Just ask my allergies about dangerous chemicals in Bounce sheets!


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 11:22 AM

I guess if you wanted REALLY wide masking tape, you could use a whole roll of Contact paper. :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 11:45 AM

That's IT!! I'll cover the blanket with contact paper. Maybe a nice gingham plaid, or fake wood grain....


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 11:33 PM

I had another thought.

I have small wool rugs under my dining room chairs. A good way to remove cat hair from them is to dampen a sponge and rub it over the rugs in a swirling motion. The moisture breaks the static-electricity bond, and the hair collects in long strands, which can be picked up and discarded.

You would need a partner to hold the blanket taut while doing this, but it's worth a try.

With the passage of years, I have gone to using a sponge mop, rather than a sponge, for this job. Easier on the back. The mop is never used for anything else.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Alice
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 11:42 PM

I use a lint remover like the one you can buy from The Fuller Brush Company.
http://www.fuller.com/products_detail.asp?cat=1&subcat=6&id=661&pg=1


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: GUEST,heric
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 11:50 PM

You just remove anything that doesn't look like a Raven.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:00 AM

I have a couple of things like that. They're pretty good on cat hair.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:24 AM

I was having a problem with itchy skin. The first thing the doctor asked was if we used Bounce in the dryer?
She also told me to use allergen-free soaps in the wash and on myself, but said Bounce, etc. was a major culprit. A skin specialist I consulted about another problem said the same thing.
The problem has largely abated since we changed our washing habits.

We haven't used Bounce for a year now and don't miss it.

Our dryer has a heat-free setting that we use for fluffing. I notice the lint trap picks up a lot of stuff. The damp towel idea is one we sometimes use when we have dry 30 below weather.

The idea put forth by Bee is worth trying. It also worked for me once, I remember. And with it try slightly misting sections of the blanket in combination with the brushing. The static electricity always is a problem here in the dry winters.

Always check the tape after the first swipe. If it pulls the colored wool of the blanket, stop.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 04:21 PM

I looked at the MSDS sheets for Bounce and Bounce Free. The only possible harm listed is if a child or an animal eats the sheets, which could cause an intestinal blockage (I'd guess so!). But then years back my Mother discovered I break out in a rash if I wear clothes washed in Tide and that too has a "safe" MSDS sheet. I think that if it harms you, avoid it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 08:16 PM

Basic rule of life: Avoid too much washing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lint On A Blanket: Help
From: Alice
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 11:16 PM

Rapaire, you can get lint removers like that one I linked to on the Fuller Brush site at any drugstore or in the cleaning section/mops, brooms, etc at most grocery stores. It's invented for that use - works very well.


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