I look at painter’s drop cloths like some people look at great fabric. Because it is! Drop cloths are strong and have a great “hand”. They are weighty and work fantastically as slipcovers, book covers, and table linens. I’m working on a project I’ll share next week and wanted to use drop cloths but in a lighter color. No problem! I bleached them. I LOVE the results. Here’s how easy it is to bleach drop cloths!
I bought four 9 x 12 drop cloths for my project. Bleaching them resulted in a softer, lighter color!
HOW TO BLEACH A DROPCLOTH
- drop cloth
How light a drop cloth will get will depend on the amount of bleach you use the length of time the dropcloths soaks in the bleach and water solution.
Add bleach to your washer and let the tub fill with hot water on a regular cycle. When it has sufficiently filled, add in one drop cloth. Let the washer “wash” for about 3-5 minutes . This will distribute the bleach and water evenly around the drop cloth. Then pause the washer.
Soak the drop cloth for 3-4 hours. Let the washer finish its cycle.
Wash the drop cloth with detergent again. Dry in the dryer. If it still smells like bleach you can wash and dry it again. The more you wash and dry the drop cloth the softer it will get.
Here are some things to think about:
- only soak one drop cloth at a time. If drop cloths are crowded in the washer they might get splotchy. Our goal is even lightening
- do not soak for more than 4 hours or the drop cloth could begin to yellow
- drop cloths may naturally be slightly different in color to begin with
- if you have a front load washer without a “soak” cycle like I do, you can read how to soak clothes HERE.
- the bleached drop cloths have softer and a little nubbier feel. Really nice!!!!
HERE’S WHAT I DID
I wanted a very light drop cloth but not white so I used 4 cups of bleach and soaked my drop cloths for 4 hours each. They came out soft and a very light bone color. Which will work with my project at hand.
I hope you give this easy project a try!
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