Can burlap be washed?

L Gib
by L Gib
Bargain burlap has quite a strong chemical smell. Can it be washed?
  7 answers
  • Roberta Roberta on Sep 23, 2015
    Yes, wash cold, gentle or hand wash cycle and line dry. Mine came out wrinkly, but I steam ironed and it came out pretty good.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 23, 2015
    It should be treated like any other fine fabric. Try using woolite and wash on a gentle cycle.
  • Katrina Oliver Medley Katrina Oliver Medley on Sep 23, 2015
    I have washed it in a lingerie bag, it was wrinkled but ironed great
  • Linda Linda on Sep 23, 2015
    I made kitchen curtains out of burlap, I washed the burlap in cold water and actually threw it in the dryer for a few minutes. The burlap had to be ironed but it made the fabric nice and soft. My curtains look great!
  • Patricia Patricia on Sep 24, 2015
    Wonder what they did with the old burlap bags back in the twenties? Were there washing machines then? Woolite?
  • Z Z on Sep 25, 2015
    Since there are many kinds of burlap, your best bet would be to check the label on the bolt at the store you purchased it. Some burlaps are very delicate, odd as that may seem for such a scratch fabric, and is not meant to be immersed in water. That type should only be cleaned with a damp cloth. Others can be washed in the machine as Janet said, using the delicate cycle and Woolite.
  • Merry Edwards Merry Edwards on Sep 26, 2015
    I grew up on a farm and the soy beans came in burlap my grandma washed them in the washer to reuse them. If it is a piece from the fabric store I would sew around the edges before you was it unravels easy before washing