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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

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Posted:Hey all smile

I've had a pair of the white flags from HoP for a while now but they're looking a bit tired and erm, black in places.

Has anyone found a way to clean them?
I was going to chuck them in the washing maching but as they have ball chain down the seam which you can't remove which would rust and turn them a nice shade of orange.I've tried scrubbing them in the sink but that just sort of smeared them a bit...


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DeepSoulSheep
GOLD Member since Sep 2002

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Posted:I know nothing about the flags or cleaning but in the spirit of you'd never know, would it be possible to get something like that dry-cleaned?

Actually, maybe they use steam for that *shrug* erm sorry... confused

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Puk
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Posted:Yeah im in the same boat to im going to try hadwashing with some spray's

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Durbs
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Posted:I've got some Bike Degreaser (bio stuff, basically I think it's just lemon juice in a bottle) which I'll try, but I've found that it does loosen all the oily stuff from the flags (We used to practice in a car park hence being dirty) but then it just re-stains a larger area making a sort of grey-colour.



Maybe bleach? The flags are white anyway...



Or is there a cunning way of stopping things rusting? Like drying them straight away in the tumble dryer - I dunno, washing's for girls wink


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Dom
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Posted:I don't know about the HoP flags, but my white flags have happily been in dilute bleach a few times before. I won't reckon they'll happily go in the washing machine so you'll have to get your hands wet smile

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Posted:*ahem* im very offended, washing is not just for girls!
My practice poi got really dirty so i just filled a bowle with hot water and a small handfull of soap flakes. worked a treat. xx


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Posted:get some vanish - it works really well,

you can get stain devils for rust stains as well... wink


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Durbs
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Posted:Right - well, as soon as Mrs. Durbs gets back from Uni I'll get her to give them a clean.

Not really - I guess it's a case of giving them a a good scrub and maybe soaking them in mild bleach. BUT - this is just a random thought - might bleaching them affect the UV properties of them?


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Posted:bleach will probably affect them if they're regular UV fabric. They'll end up all patchy and weird. I'd try to find something specifically designed for stain removal - bleach can make white fabric go orange as well and often reacts to other chemicals and stuff in the environment.

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pounce
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Posted:i accidentally had my flags sitting in a huge puddle of paraffin, and since i was in england at the time, leaving to go back to america in a day, i couldn't exactly let them sit and attempt to dry out and then put them in my suitcase (ya explain that one to customs..."uh why does your suitcase smell like fuel???") so i took a chance and washed them. the flags got nice and clean (they needed it anyway), and the ball chains were quite fine. i think the ball chains are stainless steel so they don't really rust. so my advice...just wash them in the washing machine. but don't dry them. set them out to dry.

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