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Different coverings are cared for in different ways. Most need to be hand washed.
TRADITIONAL SHAPED CAPS:
* The best way to clean caps made of Duracrisp or either type of mesh Mesh is soaking. I learned this from the Amish. Years ago, when we were fellowshipping with the New Order Amish, we wore opaque (fabric faced with interfacing) stiff caps, similar to our Full Traditional (That's my Gracie wearing one circa 1993). To clean these, we would soak them overnight in a solution of Biz and hot water. This is done best in a large round ice cream tub.
When I wore a covering of hard mesh and it got dingy or yellowish, I did the same. Dissolve a couple tablespoons of Biz in very hot water (not boiling water, but hot enough that I can see a little steam rising from the surface). I put my cap in upside-down and if it floats a bit, I weigh it down with a stainless steel spoon so that the edges are submerged. After soaking overnight, I spray rinse with cold water, then let it air dry inverted on a towel or jar.
* Other veils and our cloth snoods are made of poly/cotton and can be machine washed. Line drying is best for the snoods due to interfacing and elastic.
* I would highly recommend hand washing any lace veils, using cold water and a mild soap like Woolite. If you need to press a lace veil, use a press cloth so you don't touch the iron directly on the lace.
* Our prairie bonnets should be hand washed in cold water, line dried. They can be gently ironed as well.
* Any coverings made of Organdy (either Swiss or cotton organdy) cannot be washed. They will suffer greatly. Any stains should be gently spot cleaned.
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