How to Care for Your Aerial Silk or Aerial Fabric
We suggest washing your aerial fabric once a month. However, if you are using your fabric more than 3 times a week, you may want to wash yours more frequently. The fabric can be washed in a washing machine, top load or front load. Some people go to the expense of dry cleaning, but we always wash ours in the washing machine.
We use cold water and a liquid detergent such as Woolite.
To remove odor, we use baking soda.
We do not use any other stain removers and we never use fabric softener!
We use the gentle wash cycle. An extra rinse cycle is advised to remove soap residue.
We dry each set of fabric in the dryer at a medium temperature.
We do not wash several fabrics at the same time.
You will need to untangle your fabric after washing and drying. This gives you the opportunity to check for any snags, holes, or places that are slightly puckered. If you see a slight pucker, this might be damage from where the fabric was damaged from a drop. This area should be re-checked for further damage such as a hole.
As with all equipment:
Please check your fabric frequently and although it can have small holes, please try to prevent these by taking care to not have long finger nails or toe nails and of course, no jewelry of any type.
When rigging anywhere be aware your fabric can get damaged if close to lights. In theaters there is the additional possibility of frayed cables or snagging on other equipment. If you are planning to perform where there is fire dancing, please make sure your fabric is not above where the fire spinners will be performing. Heat rises and your fabric is synthetic material which is flammable.
Be sure your costume will not damage your fabric. Sequins have not caused damage to our knowledge.
Certain types of drops, slack drops for instance can cause damage to your fabric. This drop creates lots of friction which can melt the fabric and then you will see puckering, or an actual hole.
Make sure your fabric is not exposed to sunlight or it will become sun faded, especially the Tricot fabric.
We have noticed that some of the Tricot, the red in particular, releases some of the color into the water when it is washed. Please do not wash other items along with your fabric.
Also, if you are stripping your fabric to a more narrow width, we recommend no more narrow than 86″ but 90″ is ideal for most people.