Easy Ways to Clean Your Batik

Batik is a fabric that is dyed by using the wax-resist technique. Most of you might be familiar

and even own Batik fabric. The batik makers draw batik pattern with handmade technique.

They apply the melted wax to the fabrics. The pattern comes with decorative motifs.

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After applying the melted wax, they usually leave the fabric to get dried before removing

the wax. You might see the patterns of your batik. If you have this fabric, you should care

the fabric in a proper manner. With proper care process, your batik fabric will stay beautiful

in the vibrant color and good cloth condition.

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Some steps here will help you to keep your batik fabric:

 Some items that you need to prepare are washing machine, laundry detergent, and

clothes dryer. In cleaning the batik fabric, please do it in the cold water. One thing to

remember is you should not mix the fabric with other clothes. First, you can put the

clothes on your washing machine and choose the short wash cycle. Since the fabric is

safe to be washed in the washing machine, your batik fabric will be fine.

 Still using washing machine, you need to make sure that you choose the soft washing

cycle. Gentle laundry detergent will not damage the fabric. For the new batik design, you

need to wash it in one or two cold rinses. It will remove the excess dye from the fabric.

Then, one thing to remember is that you should not mix it with other clothes. It is

because the excess dye can spread and ruin other clothes.

 Ammonia is forbidden for you to use and other bleaches than can harsh your fabric.

However, if your fabric is very thin and is designed with additional embellishments, you

are more recommended to bring it to professional dry cleaner instead of cleaning it by

your own.

 After washing the fabric, don’t forget to put it in the dryer. Warm temperature is the

best when you use the dryer. Allow the batik fabric until it gets dry completely. To

remove the moisture, you’d better not twist or wring the fabric. Just air dry the fabric.

Don’t put it under the direct sunlight, especially if the fabric is using adornments or

decorations.

 After a moment, the fabric will be dry. Then, you can iron the batik fabric. You have to

set your iron in the low or medium setting in ironing the fabric. It is a big mistake if you

are using the garment steamer or steam setting because the steam has the possibility to

deform your fabric. Then, you’d better to place thin pieces of cotton cloth on both side

of your fabric when you are ironing. The cotton clothes will prevent the fabric distortion.

 After ironing your batik fabric, you should fold the fabric before storing them away. One

thing to remember is you can’t store the fabric under the direct sunlight. Airtight plastic

bags are better to place the fabric in. If you store the fabric for longer period, this is so

important. Storing the fabrics in the boxes which are waterproof and airtight is another

method. If you are storing the fabric in the box, you’d better wrap each fabric with acid-

free paper. The condensation impact and moisture damage will be reduced by the

paper.

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