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Susan -homedecsewing | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Oh my, now I’ve really done it ! I bought 20 yards of the most beautiful fabric for a bedspread and window treatments for a client. I noticed it smelled a bit but I figured it was just new. Well the smell is quite like RAID ! and the further along I get into the roll its getting worse !  So I put all pieces out in the sun and wind to air out . Sprayed with Fabreze , hung out to blow in the wind. This morning , IT still smells . I’m thinking next to try baking soda all over and vacuum after a day. Any Ideas ?Please !


  1. fabricholic | | #1

    I take it that you can't wash it. I would still put it out in the sun and the breeze.


  2. Crazy K | | #2

    If all else fails.......try the dry cleaners.  Just a thought.  They may be able to take the smell out or may have suggestions for you.

  3. spicegirl | | #3

    Newspaper will absorb odor.  Layer it in folds of the fabric and store in air tight container for 24 hours.  Febreze for laundry, not air freshener may also work if your fabric is washable (I use this - lightly diluted - on my husband's stinky ball caps!). 

    If the newspaper does not work, and the fabric cannot be washed, check with a dry cleaner where you can talk with the owner or operator - the clerk may, or may not know enough about this.

    In the sixties the fabrics were treated (for whatever reason - some said for insects and rodents ).  I had to leave one newly opened shop immediately upon entering because the chemical smell was so overwhelming my eyes began to water.

    If the odor is due to chemical treatment a professional dry cleaner operator may be familiar with the problem.

    Best of luck in resolving your dilemma!



    1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #4

      Well I could not do a thing that helped so I dove right in and I serged the edges and washed it and dried it! Been ironing it for a couple hours now and it shrank 14 inches! I had left it bigger so It just shrank to the perfect size,phew.and the smell is gone , yay. thanks for the suggestions, now to add cording ,batting and bottom layer.It's always something,keeps life interesting,don't you think?

      1. spicegirl | | #5

        Success smells so sweet!!!

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