Can we give a big shout out to Aunt Toby of Kitchen Counter Economics? For real! Her suggestion of using ‘diatomaceous earth’ (d/earth) was brilliant. It never even occured to me that I could clean leather at home. I ordered some post haste on Monday. It arrived tonight and I couldn’t resist trying it out.
I did what she said and sprinkled the d/earth on the fur. Instead of a brush, I did use my vacuum attachment to remove the d/earth. How did it work? Well, let me first say that it didn’t occur to me the fur itself was dirty. Just the coat. So, I wasn’t expecting much.
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Here is one cuff treated with the d/earth and the other untreated. Can you tell which is which?
Yeah. Subtle but significant difference! On the left is the non treated fur — yellowish tint. I didn’t notice that when I bought the coat. Now, it’s more of a soft gray. There are still some yellow spots in them, but not overall as it appears here!
So, YAY to the internet and people smarter than me! I’m sure this would work just as well (and cheaper) than corn starch.
I am on the lookout now for a little collar for this cape… the cape that I have GOTS to sew on Friday before Sunday’s ride.
I did send the coat to the $1.99 cleaner. Meh. I have some calls out to the local theaters for suggestions for a great cleaner / dyer. If I can’t come across one, I’ll save for a New York cleaner that was left in my comments. And honest, it’s better than before and I love it so much I’d wear it a little dirty 🙂
OK friends. Thursday is the LAST day of voting for the Mobbies. I’ve been knocked out of the Best Overall blog by a ‘mommy blogger’. A funny mommy blogger with a book deal and over 150k twitter fans. This is my last chance to surge to the top, LOL!! Wouldn’t it be cool if the best blog in Maryland went to a sewist? I mean, lots of people are moms. How many people can sew? I kid. A little.
I’m nominated in Personal, DIY and Lifestyle. And, at the end you can also add a vote for Best Overall.
We won’t find out until next week at the 20s themed party who won. But, with your help, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to call myself ‘An Award Winning Blogger!!’,