(Holliston, Massachusetts, USA)
Does anyone know how to clean flocked jewelry trays with flocked velvet displays?
A good friend gave me a dozen trays and they are in great shape but need a cleaning. I also could use this tip for my flocked jewelry display busts. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!
Cleaning flocked jewelry displays
Here are some of the things I’ve done (and some things I’ve heard of other people doing) to clean lint, dirt, pet hair, etc. off the surface of flocked trays and displays:
1) Use your vacuum cleaner’s hose. For trays, it helps if the hose has an attachment that can get into the corners and crevices of the tray compartments.
2) Use the sticky side of scotch tape or masking tape to dab at the flocked surfaces till you’ve removed all the lint, etc. You can roll a strip of masking tape into a ball (with the sticky side facing out) and roll it around the flocked surface. If you try a super-sticky tape like packing tape, dab gently so you don’t also remove the flocking. I’ve also heard of using the sticky side of mailing labels for removing lint, etc. – but they’re usually more expensive than tape.
3) Use one of those little rollers made for removing pet hair from clothes. This works better on larger, flat surfaces like a jewelry bust than on compartmented surfaces like trays.
4) Use one of those little plastic combs made for removing fuzz, lint, pilling, etc. from sweaters and other clothes (Fuzz-Off or D-Fuzz-It) – usually found with the clothes-hangers or laundry supplies in stores like the dollar store and Walmart. Brush it across the flocked surfaces to remove the dust, lint, hair, etc.
5) I’ve heard of people using rubber gloves to remove the lint, etc. Put on the glove and rub it across the flocked surface. You may have to brush a bit to work up the static that removes the hair, lint, etc. I haven’t tried this, but if you have rubber gloves on hand (ha ha!) it may be worth a try.
6) Use an electrostatic rubber pet hair brush (I haven’t tried this but have heard of it). It’s a rubber brush that attracts the pet hair, etc. as you brush in a straight or circular motion. Probably works similarly to a rubber glove. Costs about $7 or $8 in Walmart, pet stores, possibly dollar store.
7) Use a slightly dampened cloth to wipe down flocked surfaces and pick up the gunk.
I hope this helps, Janine, and I’d love to hear what works best for you!
by: Patricia C Vener
Cleaning Flocked Displays and Trays
by: JoAnne Green
I use the small lint rollers. They do a great job and pealing off the used up tape reveals fresh areas to pick up the lint. I sometimes find that a good blow from an air can (like used to dust your computer) helps with those stubborn corner areas.
cleaning flocked displays
by: Chris @ Natural Reflections
I use a lint roller (the sticky tape type) to clean my displays. You may have to use more than one per display because some of the black fuzzy stuff sticks to the tape but it really helps to get them looking like new again.
Hope this helps!
Using Paint Sponges
by: Jane from wearteresajane.etsy.com
When I was doing picture framing we worked with suede mats and we used tape and the foam paint brushes they are wonderful and work really well. They cost very little and if thats all you use them for they last forever and they can be cleaned. Give them a try!
I agree with the packing tape or duct tape. It works really well, makes the displays look brand new.
Another Way to Clean Flocked Displays
by: Diana-D’s Beadz
I have velveteen displays and I use a suede brush (the kind you used to be able to get for shoes) to clean mine, the one I have has wire bristles, so be gentle. Its also small enough to carry around with you. I clean all my displays after each use so I know they will be fresh for the next show.