How to Take Care of Batik Fabric at Home, Stay Durable, & Long Lasting

How to Take Care of Batik Fabric at Home, Stay Durable, & Long Lasting

Can batik fabric be washed?

Some individuals believe that washing batik will entirely ruin the fabric. That is not correct. Batiks are usually treated so that they can be cleaned. Wash your batik by following these simple instructions for caring batik for greater durability and aesthetic enhancement.

How to wash batik for the first time

To avoid bleeding, soak your batik in cold water for 30 minutes before washing it. This will help to establish the colors and keep them from bleeding. To help retain the colors, add a cup of vinegar to the soaking water.

How to stop batik fabric from bleeding

Soak it in vinegar to halt the bleeding. You might also try soaking in a cup of salt water.

Another option is to employ a fixative dye solution that aids in the preservation of your fabric's natural hues. While washing your batik, add a cup of fixative dye solution to the washing machine.

Hand wash it with cold water and gentle detergent

Batik is a delicate fabric with a smooth surface that should be treated with care. Soak the cloth in cold water before washing it with gentle detergents such as dishwashing liquid or gentle soap. During washing, you may also not use chlorine bleach, harsh detergents, or brighteners.

Exquisite handmade batik, particularly pricey hand-written batik, is given special respect in Indonesia. It is rinsed with lerak fruit, which is available at most traditional markets. The lerak fruit is tiny and dark, with creamy white flesh. The lerak is crushed, and the water is used to wash the batik as special soap. This process is claimed to brighten the colors on the batik and keep them from running.

Do not wash with other clothes

It's crucial to avoid combining batik with other garments when washing it. To prevent color fading and keep your favorite garments looking great for longer than normal, do this. Sort the pieces with darker colors from those with lighter colors. This will prevent the ruination of your batik. 

No washing machine!

The best method for preventing these from spoiling your batik is to wash them by hand. Hand washing batik fabric can prevent the color from fading too rapidly.

If you wish to machine wash your batik, it is possible. To prevent the cloth from being harmed, you should use a moderate cycle and a light detergent. However, if it is not urgent, try to avoid it.

Do not squeeze before drying

The fabric of batik is delicate. It is critical to hang the batik after it has been rinsed on a clothesline to dry. This will help to retain the fabric's quality and make it last longer.

Batiks are made of delicate cloth that might be ruined if folded. Shake your batik before drying it to prevent the fabric from folding together. Please do not squeeze the dried batik material.

No drying in the sun

It is not advisable to dry batik clothing in direct sunshine. Drying garments in the sun will cause the fabric's or cloth's color to fade. Let batik cloth to dry in a shaded area before spreading it out to dry so that it does not fade. This is a fantastic method for preventing the batik colors from fading.

No direct ironing

Ironing can also cause batik colors to fade. This is due to the fact that the heat from the iron might cause the colors to bleed. Iron your batik inside out on the lowest to warm iron setting to keep it looking its best.

It is preferable not to iron batik fabric directly. However, if you must, use paper or a piece of cloth that will not rip the batik fabric.

To remove creases from the batik, apply a fabric softener.

Don’t use perfume

When wearing batik fabric, avoid wearing perfume. This is due to the presence of alcohol in most perfumes, which can destroy the fiber and color of batik, particularly batik created from silk and natural colors.

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