Meimei's Tips to Keeping That Daki CLEAN!
For a full guide, go HERE.
We all know how hard it can be to clean some materials, especially if they are of high grade. Keeping our valuables clean is a habit that most people should take, especially if the item is precious to them. The tips below are for helping you prevent and maintain your pillowcase.
1. Wash it gently, as with any delicates. Don't wash it too frequently or it may begin to fade. DO NOT use bleach! If there is a stain, use a stain remover and wash gently by hand or in wash machine on a "delicates" setting. Be sure to turn the pillowcase inside out if you are doing this. It is most preferable to wash it by hand the AT LEAST the first few times like you would with silk.
2. Don't forget that shower! It makes you feel better and keeps your covers cleaner.
3. Pet fur! Keep them away unless you want your dakimakura to be a real furry.
4. Keep your nails short or rounded out. Sharp nails and other sharp objects can damage the pillowcase.
5. Don't throw it around your room and drag it on the floor. Unless your floor is clean enough to lick, we don't suggest putting it on the floor. Unless, that is, you don't mind washing it more frequently. This will, however, shorten the fabric lifespan.
6. Use a lint roller! Any lint roller will do. Just like keeping lint off your clothes, couch, or any other furniture, the same goes for dakimakura!
Okay, but HOW do I clean it?
A Basic Guide to Washing Dakimakura
1. Remove the Inner Pillow
Be gentle when you remove the dakimakura from the inner pillow! They are thick and sturdy but it will still stress the fabric if you're too rough. If you're washing the dakimakura, you might as well air out that pillow too! You must also decide if you want to wash the dakimakura inside out. It is most preferable to wash it by hand the AT LEAST the first few times like you would with silk. But we suggest you always wash it by hand for best results.
Supplies you will need:
- Your personal detergent. Just one load's worth, or the '1' line on a marked cap. Make sure you don't use anything with bleach in it.
- A small wash basin. You can use the tub, or the sink, or whatever you like, but always having a plastic tub nearby is recommended.
- A clean toothbrush for small spots that are difficult/hard to reach. Soaking to loosen residue will remove most of any stain or dirt, especially if they are dried/caked on substances.
2. Fill the wash basin/sink/vessel with COLD water. Add in the detergent and mix that sucker up (gently of course). Cold water is very important, just like how it is with silk. It will prevent the colors from running.
3. Immerse the dakimakura in the cold water, rub it gently and get it nice and soapy!
At this point, if you have any spots left over, go over them GENTLY with the toothbrush. A little toothbrush action with detergent will get out almost any stain (can even work for blood).
4. Let you dakimakura soak for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Make sure the water is still cold. Walk it off, do some jumping jacks, watch anime, go look at some ecchi stuff. Whatever floats your boat.
5. Dump out the water and rinse the dakimakura well! Dry as best you can and wring out the most water filled areas gently. One good trick is to lay a large bath towel down on an empty table and then put the dakimakura lying down on it, leaving some room for the towel to fold over it.
Then, continue folding the towel so it looks like dakimakura sushi. Press down on the dakimkura gently and then unravel it. You may need to repeat this several times as they can soak up a ton of water.
6. Hang it up to dry for 8-12 hours.
You can place them in a hanger or your back porch out on the line. Another alternative is to leave it outdoor for it to dry. It'll still be drippy even if you did wring it out well, so put towels beneath it if drying indoors. DO NOT leave it in direct sunlight as this can cause colors to fade over time.
7. ALL DONE! You're a winner!
A Basic Guide to Washing Apparel Items
1. Turn the apparel item inside out so that the design does not get ruined in the wash. DO NOT add bleach.
2. Set your wash machine to delicate or a gentle cycle and add in your detergent or Tide Pods (just don't eat them).
3. Put it in the dryer on a cool air cycle or hang them up to dry.
4. Turn your apparel item outside in and you're a winner! Good job, you can do laundry like everyone else.