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Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Firewidow » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:44 pm

I bought a new corset to wear at Burning Man. A friend of mine that went before said due to the dust, none of her clothes came back the same, and everything had to be washed in vinegar. I don't know if my new corset will survive a wash in vinegar. How bad does the dust ruin your clothing?
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Sham » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:47 pm

You can wash clothes and get them pretty clean. The dust does tend to stick to everything. For the most part, I can tell what clothes I have brought to the playa over the past 10 years. I wear them with pride! :D
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Madgirl » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:15 pm

I've never ruined anything. Then again, I do have a bin full of dedicated BM clothes that don't get worn any other time.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Drawingablank » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:21 pm

Soaking them in a 5% or so vinegar / water solution before washing seems to help remove the dust.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby danibel » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:31 pm

I have never washed any of my clothes in vinegar. The items that have suffered the worst were my tutu's. They seem to attract and hold the dust really well. :roll: All of my "normal" clothes that I wear at burning man have been washed and dried and are no worse for wear. Seriously.

I have a purple corset I have worn out there, and I plan to wear it again. It's a little dusty but not bad. I could probably rinse it in just warm water and it would be fine.

You may want to think twice about bringing some item of clothing that would crush your soul to lose or ruin, but other than that, I wouldn't worry too much.

Boots and shoes seem to become permanently "playafied" but I don't really try to wash them.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby some seeing eye » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:45 pm

All my clothes go directly into the washer, including duffel bags and sneakers. Regular soap and water in a top loading washer. None the worse for the playa after a wash, but I don't bring any hand wash items. All tough fabrics like cotton, nylon, poly fur and outdoor fabrics. No idea on silk, rayon. Things like sleeping bags and wool go to the dry cleaner, so that is an alternative. Leather footwear is a lost cause in my experience. But if you go to parties with burners throughout the year, you can wear them with pride. I've not tried to have any leather clothing items professionally cleaned. Before the cleaners you may be able to blow off some dust with an air compressor nozzle.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby aserendipity » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:52 pm

Of course the playa is foreveron
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Eric » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:55 pm

I wear some of my favorite suits out there & just dry-clean them normally once I get home. You couldn't tell which ones had been to the playa if I didn't tell you. Same with the majority of my t-shirts, etc (the exceptions being the ones worn multiple years, the combination of repeat visits & dust and sweat caking in the fabric have made them permanent playafied shirts)

Most clothes will be fine, but, like was said, if there's something you really don't want to get wrecked leave it home. It may be just that item that doesn't clean.

Hats & shoes will be permanently dust-caked. Plan accordingly.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby MikeGyver » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:03 pm

Last year wasn't that dusty so it might be the only reason, but everything I took you wouldn't notice its even been. I didn't expect my shoes to come clean but it didn't take much effort. As I said though Being as dusty as it is this year it will probably be a completely different story. I say take it anyways wear something you don't mind not getting destroyed the first day and judge weather you want to wear the better stuff off of how bad the first day goes.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby LAbatman » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:09 pm

I just want to barf........you're out in the middle of the desert, yes your clothes (if you so choose to wear them) will get dirty. When did BM turn into a bunch of WHINING YUPPIES????
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby aserendipity » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:15 pm

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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby gaminwench » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:58 pm

My fabrics get ruined by bike chains, climbing on domes, dancing on MVs and the like;
I add some vinegar to the post-playa wash.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Bob » Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:43 am

Eric wrote:I wear some of my favorite suits out there & just dry-clean them normally once I get home...


Thank you for that Eric, I was beginning to think civilization had abandoned us.

The rest of you, go fucking calculate the molarity of acetic acid necessary to buffer the wily playa alkali.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby AntiM » Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:26 am

However you'd normally clean your corset according to the label is how you'd clean it post-playa. If handwashing, use a dash of vinegar. My corset was fine, but it wasn't expensive or delicate in the first place.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby CapSmashy » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:00 am

Eric wrote:Hats & shoes will be permanently dust-caked. Plan accordingly.


One tip for your boots, spend 4 days rigging and running rain towers for a movie shoot. Being in the "rain" for 8 to 12 hours a night for 4 days does an amazing job of getting all the playa off of your boots from all the nooks and crannies.

It is also a really suck ass point to discover your advertised water proof boots are not actually water proof. :mrgreen:
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Bob » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:56 am

It's only a week, but if I were back out there for a month I'd choose boots with sewn welts rather than glue-ups, and slather on the Sno Seal or whatnot every few days.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Drawingablank » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:17 am

While the dust didn't ruin my clothes, all our white socks and pillow cases turned irretrievably orange. No amount of bleach or oxyclean helped. I suspect it was the combination of sunscreen and dust, but this happened to every thing we brought in white fabric.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby kittyrodriguez » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:28 am

Your corset should be dry cleanable. Do not wash it unless the maker advises you too. While the stays should be coated, there is always the chance that they can begin to rust after being soaked in water.

If this is just a fashion corset, it should be fine. If you tight-lace, it would probably be a bad idea to bring your newest one. Bring one you don't mind never having fit and/or look the same. Also, make sure it isn't directly on your skin. You will sweat into the fabric, and the combination of sweat, oil, and playa can only be ruinous. Wear an undershirt/chemise.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Lonesomebri » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:41 am

I've actually noticed no degradation to my clothes from the playa. After the Burn, my wardrobe is as good as before it began.
Bright white, vivid colors, spring fresh scent, even the creases on my Ben Davis's remain true.

As for my roomates' clothes, the ones I borrow........that guy needs some serious laundry help.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby JovReef » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:07 am

Drawingablank wrote:While the dust didn't ruin my clothes, all our white socks and pillow cases turned irretrievably orange. No amount of bleach or oxyclean helped. I suspect it was the combination of sunscreen and dust, but this happened to every thing we brought in white fabric.


Same with me, my white bikini is a nasty color now. Guess its a playa bikini now.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Bob » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:33 am

White at your own risk, you want something that withstands aggressive huggers.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:08 am

Bob wrote:White at your own risk, you want something that withstands aggressive huggers.

(hm. Maybe Simon would like the armor I"m too fat for...)
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Eric » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:09 am

Bob wrote:
Eric wrote:I wear some of my favorite suits out there & just dry-clean them normally once I get home...


Thank you for that Eric, I was beginning to think civilization had abandoned us.


Are you kidding? I dry-clean my suits before I head out there as well. It may be the dustopacalypse, but I'm heading into it looking good, regardless of the fact that I'll be dust-covered in seconds.

I would have made a great Victorian explorer...
(except for the sexual repression parts)
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:17 am

Eric wrote:
Bob wrote:
Eric wrote:I wear some of my favorite suits out there & just dry-clean them normally once I get home...


Thank you for that Eric, I was beginning to think civilization had abandoned us.


Are you kidding? I dry-clean my suits before I head out there as well. It may be the dustopacalypse, but I'm heading into it looking good, regardless of the fact that I'll be dust-covered in seconds.

I would have made a great Victorian explorer...
(except for the sexual repression parts)

(I'm not sure, but bizarre arrangements with the colonially subjegated might have been okay, if no one ever found out. And when I say "bizarre" I'm talking about interpersonal politics and how that would have played out between people with wildly diffferent amounts of power, not the things that Victorians might have disapproved of.)
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Homiesinheaven » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:19 am

my corset has been just fine after 3 burns.

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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby laffingblonde » Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:38 am

My sister (who lives near the burn) just called me up and yelled that if I was going to collapse in her bed again after returning from black rock I'd better shower first or else. Apparently there's still dust all over her room from a year ago. I laughed and told her she was welcome for bringing the experience home.

Honestly most of my clothing looks better stained and scorched by the dust. Just remember it never really goes away no matter how much you clean it.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby aserendipity » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:47 am

right on girlfriend !
but come visit me and talk about this NYC thing as only Manhattan counts for that dust
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby RedHeaven » Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:14 am

Depends on your definition of 'ruined'
I like to call it an added glow ;)
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby gyre » Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:02 am

aserendipity wrote:right on girlfriend !
but come visit me and talk about this NYC thing as only Manhattan counts for that dust
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I had a green shirt that partially bleached out from the dust.
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Re: Does the Dust Ruin Clothes?

Postby Janet Planet » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:58 am

JovReef wrote:Same with me, my white bikini is a nasty color now. Guess its a playa bikini now.


Oh, skid marks. Yeah.
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