How to Clean Water Spots Off of Taffeta Comforters

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How to Clean Water Spots Off of Taffeta Comforters
Commonly used for garments, taffeta is a crisp and smooth material. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Typically found in wedding and other formal occasion dresses, taffeta is a delicate woven fabric. Made with silk or other similar synthetic fibres, improper care and cleaning will damage the taffeta fabric beyond repair. Water will leave unsightly spots on all taffeta items, including comforters. Even though water spots will not harm the taffeta comforter, they will make the fabric appear dingy and dirty. Fortunately, with a few household items you can remove the water spots and restore the look of the taffeta comforter.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Oven glove
  • Potholder
  • White towel

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  1. 1

    Preheat an iron on low or delicate heat for several minutes. Fill a kettle with water and place it on the stove set at medium heat. Bring the kettle to a roaring boil until steam begins to come out of the spout.

  2. 2

    Turn off the hob, and remove the kettle with an oven glove. Sit the hot kettle on top of a potholder placed on a level surface.

  3. 3

    Hold the taffeta comforter several inches above the kettle spout. The steam coming from the spout must come in contact with the water spots until the spots are damp.

  4. 4

    Lay the comforter on a flat surface with the damp water spots facing up. Place a white towel directly under the water spots.

  5. 5

    Place the preheat iron on the water spots and move in a gentle, circular motion. Do not let the iron rest in one location on the taffeta. Continue in this manner until the water spots are no longer visible on the taffeta comforter.

Tips and warnings

  • Using too high of heat or letting the hot iron plate sit on the fabric for an extended period of time will damage the taffeta fabric.

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