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How to Wash Hairbows? 
22nd-Jan-2013 02:00 pm
Hello! I need help on how to wash hair bows, I've beensearching on Google but no results came up and I'm afraid to damage the wire if I wash it myself
Any help is appreciated, thank you very much!! :)
22nd-Jan-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
I would try to spot clean around the wires very gently with a damp cloth, and make sure not to get the areas with wire too wet.
22nd-Jan-2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! They're wire combs so they might be a little harder to wash then regular Alice bows; _ ;
22nd-Jan-2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
Your best bet would just be to spot clean it. Use a tide detergent pen and a damp cloth. If you soak the whole thing, or swish it around in anything, you're most likely going to manage to damage something on it an it might get all weird when it dries.
22nd-Jan-2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! :)
22nd-Jan-2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
Just a warning - if the wire inside the headbow or the headband itself gets too wet, it can rust, leaving permanent stains on the headbow. I would avoid washing it if at all possible, but if it is unavoidable then carefully spot clean the areas without wire.
22nd-Jan-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the warning, but the wires are on the outside so it shouldn't be too hard to keep the water away from the wires
22nd-Jan-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know of anyone who washes their headbows, but I personally use those DIY drycleaning at home solutions and then give them a second rinse in plain cold water and dry them with a towel and hand dryer on cool so rust doesn't form. At least in my personal experience, the wire is pretty sturdy and it won't warp with things like scrubbing the fabric, swishing the bow around in water or pressing between towels to pat them dry. Oh, and I slide the bow off the band before I wash them separately.

One thing you have to watch out for is that headbows with certain prints also tend to bleed and run, but adding salt or vinegar in the water to fix the dye is only going to facilitate rusting in the wire. I've considered taking headbows to drycleaners but they lose stuff all the time and I'm concerned they might damage the wire.
23rd-Jan-2013 01:57 am (UTC)
Thank you!! This really helps, its really specific on what to do
23rd-Jan-2013 02:22 am (UTC)
Not just for headbows, but for a lot of fabric items, if you just want to "freshen" them up spray it with a 50/50 mix of water and cheap vodka, then air it out. The vodka kills bacteria and lifts odors. I use that for hats or delicate items I can't wash.
23rd-Jan-2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
I actually found a wired Btssb headbow from a flea market that really needed washing. Gentle spot cleaning wasn't really a option. As brutal as it sounds, I cut up the seam in the end of the headband itself and removed the headband made of metal from it's fabric cover. Then I also cut of the seams to the small part holding together the whole headbow and pulled out the wires. After cleaning and drying I assembled the whole thing together and sew it back to normal. :D It's this headband, with built-in wire:
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