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Washing Lolita OP 
14th-Dec-2012 06:06 pm
Hey everyone,

I wanted to ask if anyone knew if the Swan Lake OP from Meta can be machine washed or even washed at all? It really needs a wash but Ive heard stories that the print bleeds. Does anyone know what part ?

I asume it may have to be drycleaned but Iḿ not really sure.

Iḿ appreciate some help, really want to wear my lovely dress again :)
14th-Dec-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Depends on which colorway you have.
From the Memories->Clothing care-> List of what prints can and cannot be washed:
Swan Lake Print In Blue Print Runs in Water [Here] (I also recall another entry where the red colour way ran pretty bad in the rain, but can't find it) In Pink Machine Washable in cold delicate cycle [Here]
*edited to add*:
Also, it seems that the darker parts are what bleed, into all the white parts (except for the lace). But again, it depends on which colorway you have. If you have the pink, you're pretty safe so long as you're careful. If you have the blue or the red, I would take it to a dry cleaner, because your swans will end up funny colors thanks to the bleeding.

Edited at 2012-12-14 05:34 pm (UTC)
14th-Dec-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Not to hijack the thread, but do you think it's safe to assume the same logic applies to Meta's Twinkle Journey in blue/black?
14th-Dec-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
I have the same question. I couldn't find that print the cleaning list. I did spray febreze on my black Twinkle Journey and it didn't bleed or run at all. I tested it by wetting it and rubbing it on the hidden place of the print. There was no bleed or run. However, I'm nervous about washing it and think dry cleaning is a safer bet.
14th-Dec-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
That's the thread, by the way. Twinkle Journey isn't listed on it.

However, some prints can be spot cleaned with no issue, even if the tag says otherwise. For a full clean, however, I would take it to the dry cleaner to be on the safe side. Familiarize yourself with the care instructions on the tags and you should be fine. =)
14th-Dec-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I actually meant that I couldn't find that specific print on the list. I wish they were still updating it :( I think it hasn't been updated in a while. I think I will have to take it to the dry cleaner as soon as I find a good one.
15th-Dec-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
Yeah; it seems to be really, really outdated. I've been kind of tempted to try and compile together a list myself, but I'm not sure as to whether or not I really want to put that much time into it yet. Maybe during another sick day(s).
14th-Dec-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
It's not listed on the list, but it's likely that the same could happen, since it's probably a similar printing method. I would take it to a dry cleaner if you're really worried.
15th-Dec-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
There will be streak marks left on the white unicorn/pegasii if you just wash it - wash it in brine the first time around if you want to fix the dye.
14th-Dec-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
I have the black/purple/blue one. :s Hmm I guess it will be a trip to the drycleaners. But wont the same happen there? And will it get clean?
14th-Dec-2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
They don't use water on dryclean only item. It's a series of chemicals, depending on what the fabric needs. You should check the care tag on the piece of clothing and then look up the symbols. That'll give you a better idea as to what to tell the drycleaner. And yes, dry cleaning will definitely get your clothes clean. =) It's just a dry method.
14th-Dec-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
The reason the print runs in the wash is because the dye is water soluble. Dry-cleaning is still washing, and it's still washing with a liquid. They just use a liquid that contains no water. You know how if you paint your nails and then wash your hands, the nail polish won't come off with water, but it will with nail polish remover? It's the same theory; the dye in a dry-clean only print will come out with water, but not with dry cleaning liquid.

Dry-cleaning liquid is specially made not to damage water-soluble dyes, but still bond with the dirt and such in the garment (like soap does in a normal washing), so yes, your garment should come just as clean, but if there are any stains or spots, you should point them out to the cleaner, explain what they are (if you know) and that the dye runs when it gets wet. Your dry cleaner may have stain removers that are not water-based that they can try.

Make sure you check the garment tag and see if it says what kind of dry cleaning liquid to use. Most things can be cleaned in "any dry-cleaning liquid", but some require it to be a petroleum based cleaner.
14th-Dec-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
I dry cleaned my black one and it was fine...
14th-Dec-2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Did it get just as clean as when yu wash it?
14th-Dec-2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I never washed it, I dry clean my lolita. And yes it gets as clean as washing when you dry clean something.
14th-Dec-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
This. If its a piece you particularly care about you might as well just have your lolita dry cleaned. It saves the headache of having to predict whether or not it will bleed. Yes, it costs more but I think its worth it considering how much some brand pieces cost.
14th-Dec-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
With water seems to run :/
(read pyro_42 comment) In pink can work if you wash it properly
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