How do you keep your felted masterpieces safe, healthy, and moth-free? Finished felted creations are lovely to admire, feel and talk about- but it’s no fun to worry about them getting destroyed! Here are a few suggestions to help your work stand the test of time.
Moths are creatures that have a felt vendetta, and they are therefore the first thing to arm yourself against. The first line of defense is to handle or wear felt often. The last thing you want to do is to pack it up and store it in a dark closet, as moths love heatand the dark.
If you do find the telltale signs of a moth infestation, there are a few things you can do to kill moth larvae, as they are unable to survive extreme temperatures. You can choose to freeze the eggs by either hanging the article outside in below-freezing temperatures or sticking it in your freezer. This should be done for at least three days. You can also boil water in a large pot, turn off the heat, and put the felt on the surface of the water. It will eventually sink into the pot and should be left in the water until it completely cools off. Then it can be taken out to dry!
Moths also don’t like strong smells, such as lavender. Put a sprig in your pocket and change it often.
To wash felt, use the mildest soap you can find and any temperature water. Be sure to rinse it very thoroughly, and then lay it out to dry in its original shape. Do not wring it out! If you have fulled the felt enough, you do not have to worry about it shrinking, but you do have to be aware that its shape can distort. This will leave you cursing the felting gods, and nobody wants that! Nuno felt is very structurally sturdy due to the fabric, but be careful with embellishments.
If you have needle felted a solid form, you can vacuum it to get rid of dust. Rubber band panty hose or some kind of tissue around the hose so you don’t pull off any chunks while gently vacuuming your piece. Usually that will pull off the dust. You can also get it have your items dry cleaned. We really recommend dry cleaning hats to keep all the details in place!
Good luck! If you take caring for your felt seriously, you will not regret it!