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Bridget Riedell 04-23-2006 03:43 PM

Spots on natural wool cover?
Ok, I am in my 4th week of cding. I love it. My wool and fleece covers are my favorites. I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed small gray spots on their natural wool covers. I have a Stacinator stretch day/night cover that's a natural color. I've noticed tiny gray dots all over the outside/esp. if I hold it up to any light. Does anyone know what this is? I've washed the cover a few times and they are still there.

It wouldn't be mildew? Spots left from lanolizing? When I lanolized, the lanolin beaded up in the water, so some didn't dissolve completely. I rubbed it into the wool.

Any ideas?:confused:

Thanks. In Christ, Bridget

MamaLove 04-23-2006 03:56 PM

Re: Spots on natural wool cover?
It's from the lanolin. Heavily processed wool is "thirsty" for more lanolin and will soak up as much as it can, so those undissolved globs cause it to stain. You can try to dissolve the lanolin with very hot water and add baby shampoo to emulsify it, and that should prevent it. Here's more info, just scroll down a bit:

Honestly, I stick with darker colored wool these days, because light colors are asking for stains with my little one! HTH!;)

Bridget Riedell 04-23-2006 09:46 PM

Re: Spots on natural wool cover?
Oh, thank you dear. Question/won't the hot water felt my wool?:confused:

In Christ, Bridget

MamaJo 04-23-2006 11:34 PM

Re: Spots on natural wool cover?
I think the hot water would be ok as long as you don't shock it with cold to hot. To get the spots out, you could try putting cornstarch on the spots - it might absorb some of the excess grease. Wool wash bars are great at working on stains too.

When you lanolize, if you use lansinoh, melt it in the micro or with boiling water, add a squirt of liquid wool wash or baby wash and wisk it with a fork, then add that to a tepid sinkful of water. Or go with a balm - those are super easy :D

bfoster2000 04-24-2006 07:35 AM

Re: Spots on natural wool cover?
You use very hot water (boiling) to melt the lanolin, but then you mix that with a sink full of warm water to soak the garment. So the wool isn't actually getting the hot water, it's being diluted by the sinkful of tepid water. Clear as mud? :)

Bridget Riedell 04-24-2006 11:02 AM

Re: Spots on natural wool cover?
Got it! Thanks.:D

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