Ponoko user Ryan Schenk posted some tips on his blog for washing your laser-cut felt designs. As you have noticed, the laser leaves charred edges around the felt. And since Ponoko’s felt is 100% wool, the laser can leave your material smelling like burnt hair. Schenk suggests this simple method for cleaning your felt designs without the cost of dry-cleaning or the deforming disaster of machine washing.
- Make a mixture of cold water and dish soap
- Soak the felt for 15-30 minutes
- While still submerged, go around the edges with an electric toothbrush
- Rinse with cold water
- Pat dry on a tea towel, then leave on the counter to air dry
Pop over to his blog for before and after photos of his felt birds for the mobile he’s working on.
UPDATE: Donald Rattner from Art Rethought has also sent in a recommendation for simply wrapping a baby wipe around your forefinger and brushing lightly along the laser cut edges, which worked very well for him.