[Ansteorra] Febreze other choices

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Sun Jan 17 01:10:07 PST 2010

On Jan 17, 2010, at 12:23 AM, Eve wrote:
> I'm thinking a "how to clean your gear" article might be a good thing
> for the floregium. Anyone have any advice for removing "war trim"
> (that dirt that coats the bottom inch of your hem and just won't come
> out), sweat stains, blood and the other common perils of war and
> fighting gear? How about tips for cleaning more unusual costume
> materials like leather or fur? Tips for cleaning tents, especially for
> getting mildew out? You send it and I'll happily compile it into one
> cohesive article.

That would be wonderful!

I have been saving some of the messages in this recent thread for a  
Florilegium msg file, along with a few on cleaning garb which came up  
a while back. Message files are good and give a multitude of opinions  
but prepared articles are better organized and often easier to read.

There are situations that are somewhat specific to the SCA which  
aren't going to show up in many general stain removal guides such as  
the fur and leather. And linen. I don't much modern athletic gear  
which is made of linen, or maybe not even that many natural fibers.

The "war trim" that originally occurred to me was the various colored  
stickers that end up on your armor after various battles or wars. :-)  
But those will usually come off with some WD-40 and/or Goo-gone.

I think the main comment I've heard on skirt hems was spraying the hem  
area with Scotchgard or something similar *before* going to events  
with a lot of dust and mud. I don't know if that works for those red,  
clay soils or not.

I think there may be some info on treating tents with mildew stains in  
these two files in the STRUCTURES section of the Florilegium:
tent-care-msg     (28K)  8/14/05  Care of tents. waterproofing, washing.
tent-fabrics-msg  (41K)  3/25/98  Fabrics and treatments to use in  

It's best to make sure your tent is dry before putting it away. I've  
also had problems when I did erect the pavilion in the backyard to  
dry, but didn't get to it soon enough and it rained on the tent.  
That's not too bad. The problems was the oak leaves which had  
collected in the sagging areas of the tent roof and then sat in the  
pools of water there for a while. :-(

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas          StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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