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  1. bedbugs1

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Wed Nov 14 2007 7:29:03
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    Any ideas on how to deal with leather objects - jackets, belts, shoes? We can't dry clean them, and can't wash them, but they have to be treated somehow.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Wed Nov 14 2007 10:44:55
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    I have been thinking about leather, too. I am going to put my belts and some cheaper purses in the dryer and heat them up but good. I may use lingerie bags to protect them from flying around too much. Or put them inside pillowcases, the heat will still get to them. However, I am not sure what to do about the more expensive designer purses. Leather and suede jackets will eventually be drycleaned, although I can't afford to do them all at once.

    A lot of my shoes are in ziplocs for now, and some I am just wearing. I do not have a huge bite problem right now and no confirmation from a PCO yet, so I am playing the ziplocked clothing thing a little loose. I have about 50 pairs so and I can't dry them all (yes, 50 pairs of shoes speaks tot he clutter issue.) I am kind fo waiting for the PCO's advice on this. Some of them doan't advise you to bag everything, they want you to leave it out so the bugs will crawl out to get to you and get poinsoned. I am hoping my guy will put shoes in this category.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Wed Nov 14 2007 13:08:12
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    I baked all of my purses/belts/shoes for 20 - 30 mins in a 200 degree oven. No problems.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Nov 29 2007 10:38:51
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    I have a WWII vintage heavy leather bomber jacket that I need to treat for bbs. Cant dry clean, cant machine wash. Other than sealing in a bag for a year...got any tips?

  5. itchyincharmcity

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Nov 29 2007 10:52:16
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    Leather and suede can be drycleaned, but you want to go to a reputable cleaner that won't ruin it. Look for a leather specialist or a high-end dry cleaner.

    Would you be comfortable steaming it? I don't think that wold hurt it. You could buy a garment steamer at Bed Bath and Beyond. Search through the forum for tips on specific models and how to steam. I have a clothes steamer but it is designed to combat wrinkles, I am not sure how hot it gets. Got any friends in the theater? I bet costume departments own great steamers.

    If you are really worried, do some googling or call a museum to see how they treat vintage garments. Or maybe a leather/fur store could tell you who they would recommend.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Nov 29 2007 15:06:44
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    Thanks for the tips...yeah, steaming could work...Ive inspected the jacket really carefully and didnt see any bugs or eggs or specks but I'm not sure I should take my chances.

    Here's a dumb story. So two rooms in the house were treated for bedbugs months and months ago, with no return of bugs. Now i'm moving out. I throw out my covered bed and boxspring just being paranoid for my new apt. I sleep on the sofa in the living room with my sleeping bag. Now I wake up with bites, really really annoyed. You can see my other post on "sketchy mattress collection van" for the other part of the story.

    I dont care about the sofa, my roommates will have to deal. But my sleeping bag....it is a very good zero degree bag. It says air dry only, no heat. contact with heated dryer walls will melt material. heat will decrease loft. no dry cleaning. so that leaves me with steaming, same as the leather jacket. but if the material melts so easily, wont ssssteam heat be too hot?

    I inspected the bag closely, no bugs, no eggs......but.........

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Nov 29 2007 17:44:53
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    Call the manufacturer. Also, you could send a question to the gear expert at Outside magazine.


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