I am so excited to share with you all how to Bleach Drop Cloths for rugs, furniture recover, upholstering & more!
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Nice fabric for upholstery can run so expensive. But for those of us who love crisp whites & canvas textures, there is hope! Miss Mustard Seed has a wonderful post that inspired me to try this drop cloth bleaching method out. And today I thought I would share my experience with this technique.
IMPORTAINT: Make sure to use 100% cotton dropcloths. The cotton is what allows you to get that white color. HERE are the ones I use.
The first time I did this, I just added a few cups of bleach, and soaked for maybe hours. It really didn’t make a difference. Here is the method that did work for me:
1. Fill the washer machine with hot water.
2. Pour a whole whooping god amount of bleach into the machine. A cup or two really won’t do anything. I recommend using like half the container for best results. Let it run for a few minutes to mix up the bleach with the water. Press stop & open your washer machine up again.
3. Place your dropcloth(s) into the washer and make sure they are completely submerged. I recommend doing one at a time so that it will bleach evenly.
4. Soak it. I let mine sit overnight. Make sure the area is well ventilated. That stuff smells awful! A good 10-15 hours will really make it brighter!
5. Run the load through.
6. Do another load, but this time add soap and peroxide to the water to neutralizer the bleach so it won’t eat up the fabric.
7. Dry & admire your new canvas cloth!
I was trying to get mine the color of the blanket on my bed, so I really wanted it to be as white as possible. It’s still a little off white, but no where close to the original color.
Doesn’t it look great on my headboard?
It turned out pretty white up against my ultra white walls.
Here’s a bench and a chair I upholstered with the bleached drop cloth.
If you love drop cloths like me, try using one to make a rug! See my tutorial HERE!