Care and Maintenance
of Ostrich Feathers
To restore feathers to a fuller
look, we recommend that you agitate and steam them. This is always a good
place to start in order to make them look more attractive.
First, rub the feathers between your hands, gently but firmly; this brings
out the "feqther flue" and makes the individual strands more
Then, get a large pan of boiling water, put a lid on the pan covering 90% of
the pan and then gently put each individual feather into the stream of steam
that is given off from the pan.
Agitating and steaming feathers puts life and moisture back into the flue and
"expands" the appearance and is especially true of ostrich
Once the feather has opened up, more steaming has little or no effect.
Washing should be done in warm soapy water. Dry them naturally on a clothes
line. Never dry with direct heat such as putting them on a radiator or in the
oven. Once Dry, steam them to make them "fluff" out.
Feathers are not colorfast, so do not mix the colors when washing them.
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