Craft projects, as well as celebratory and special occasion decorations may leave sparkle residue on your clothes. Unfortunately, these powders are stubborn and simply brushing them off clothes is usually not enough to lift them off the fabric. This remaining powder can spread to home furniture and bedding, unless you remove it thoroughly from the start. The techniques for removing shimmer powder from clothing in this article are fairly easy and all you need are items you probably already have at home: adhesive tape, lint rollers, and aerosol hair spray products.
Method 1 of 3: Using Adhesive Tape
Step 1. Wash and dry clothes
You don't need to do this beforehand, but if there's a lot of glitter on your clothes, you may need to wash and dry them first. Otherwise, you'll have to use a lot of adhesive tape and lint roller sheets. Wash soiled clothes using the normal washing and drying cycle. Make sure you wash the clothes separately. If you wash it with other clothes, the glitter will transfer to the clothes.
Step 2. Adhere several pieces of adhesive tape or masking tape to the surface of the garment
Place the garment on a flat hard surface. Pull the adhesive tape or tape off the roller. After that, attach the tape to the garment, with the sticky side against the fabric. Press the tape carefully. After that, remove the tape from the clothes. The glitter powder will stick to the adhesive tape. Repeat this step as many times as needed to remove any remaining glitter powder.
- After using one sheet of tape several times, the sticky side will lose its stickiness. Discard the sheet and apply new adhesive tape.
- Do not use duct tape as it is not as effective as adhesive tape or masking tape. In addition, duct tape can damage some types of fabric.
Step 3. Use a lint roller or lint roller
Fiber rollers are relatively easier to use and work better on a wider surface than adhesive tape. Remove the outer protective film from the roller to reveal the adhesive side of the roller. Roll the roller over the surface of the garment in a back and forth motion. After you use it a few times, the adhesiveness of the roller will decrease. Remove the sticky sheet from the roller following the available dividing line until a new sticky sheet is visible. Repeat the process as many times as needed to remove any remaining glitter powder from the garment.
- For stubborn shimmer powder, roll the roller vertically first (following the height of the garment), then work the same area in horizontally (following the width of the garment).
- Fiber rollers can be purchased from supermarkets. Usually, these products are displayed on shelves or in the same section as laundry detergent and other laundry products.
Method 2 of 3: Using Hair Spray
Step 1. Coat the garment with an aerosol hair spray mixture
Hold the garment that has the shine powder on and spray an aerosol hairspray product on the garment. Make sure you also spray any corners or creases on the clothes. If there is a lot of shimmer on the clothes, make sure you turn the clothes over and spray the product on the inside. Let the clothes dry completely.
Do not use hair spray products that are not packaged in aerosol cans because the particles produced will not be small or fine so their use is less effective
Step 2. Wash and dry the clothes
After the clothes are dry from the hair spray, put them in the washing machine. Clean clothes as usual. After the wash cycle is over, take the clothes out and put them in the dryer. Dry the clothes as usual. After that, take it out and shake the clothes. Now, the clothes are free of shimmer powder.
Do not put other clothes in the washing machine with clothes that are stained with glitter because the powder can transfer to the clothes. Wash and dry soiled clothes separately
Step 3. Clean the inside of the washer and dryer
To prevent the shimmer powder from spreading and sticking to other clothes, thoroughly clean the washer tub and dryer interior before reusing it to wash other clothes. Prepare a damp sponge and wipe the inside of the washer and dryer. Make sure you also wipe and scrub any nooks or crannies on the tubing or engine interior. Also clean the net or lint-holding device on the dryer thoroughly.
If you feel the shimmer powder getting into the lint holder mounting hole, use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to suck the powder out of the hole
Method 3 of 3: Removing Glossy Powder from Elsewhere
Step 1. Use coconut oil to remove shine powder from face and skin
Pour some coconut oil into your palms. Gently rub the oil on the skin, precisely on the part affected by the glitter in a circular motion. The shimmer powder will be released and lifted from the skin. Dip a large cotton swab in the water and wipe it on the same skin area. Oil and remaining shine powder will be lifted from the skin.
Step 2. Use olive oil to remove shine powder from hair
Go into the bathroom or shower box and pour some high-quality olive oil into your palms. Massage the oil into your hair and spread it all over your hair to your scalp. Leave the oil on your hair for at least 10 minutes, then rinse your hair thoroughly. The shine powder will be lifted and carried away by the oil, and your hair will feel soft.
If you have oily hair, use regular shampoo. Create a rich lather, then rinse hair thoroughly to remove oil and shampoo residue
Step 3. Clean the carpet using a vacuum cleaner with the end of the hose
If you drop glitter powder on the carpet, prepare a vacuum cleaner and attach the end of the hose to the appliance to suck up as much powder as possible from the carpet. Do not attach the brush nozzle to the vacuum cleaner so that the glitter does not stick to the bristles and spreads throughout the house.
Continue the procedure using the adhesive tape to remove stubborn glitter powder from the carpet
Step 4. Use a damp washcloth to remove glitter powder from tiles and wood floors
Remove as much glitter powder as possible from the floor using a broom first. Make sure you wash the broom bristles afterwards. Otherwise, the glitter powder could spread to other parts of the house. After that, soak a washcloth in water and rub it on the floor. The remaining shimmer powder will stick to the fabric. Clean the cloth under running water to remove any adhering powder, then mop the floor again until all the glitter has been removed.
- You can use adhesive tape to remove any stubborn shimmer residue.
- Use a rag to clean the floor. Don't use a mop stick. The shine powder will stick to the fibers of the mop and become more difficult to remove.