How to Wash and Take Care of a Pollera
The soap used must be a neutral bar, without strong odor.
Apply soap by making slow movements, so you can reduce the wear and tear of the fabric.
Parts made up of lace are very delicate and usually get exposed to dirt. They must be cleaned with extreme care.
The fastening cords and areas around the waist are also prone to get dirty. They must be properly washed.
Twist the pollera very carefully in order to eliminate excess water and soap.
The pollera must be rinsed several times, as needed to get rid of all soap.
The Panamanian Pollera, in addition to a piece of traditional attire, is a piece of art. All of them are unique, since they are made by hand. The beauty of the work, and the price it cost to order or buy a pollera, makes it advisable to take well care of this beautiful handcrafted item. In this article, we will give you advice on how to properly wash and take care of your valuable pollera.
The pollera needs to be washed by hand. The soap preferred for this task is a neutral, odorless bar. First, you must fill a plastic or metal container with water. Before wetting the pollera, you must remove all jewels and accesories such as the wool cords and balls around the neck. After wetting the pollera, apply soap with slow motions. This must be done in order to protect the delicate tissues of the pollera such as lace.
Some parts such as the neck, fastening cords and the skirt's waist require special attention due to their propensity to accumulate sweat and dirt. Please, remember that these very same parts tend to be made up of lace or be located near lace, so you must be very careful.
After applying soap, you must twist the pollera very carefully and then rinse it. If needed, you should repeat these steps several times. When ready to dry the pollera, remember that you should never do it in a mechanical dryer machine. The best method is to turn the pollera inside out and leave it under the sun until it dries.
After that, iron your pollera by hand. When you are ready to store your pollera, do not apply starch. Please, remember that a pollera does not needs to be washed and ironed everytime you wear it. If you wore it for a couple of hours and it did not get noticeable dirty, then you should hang it and use it a couple more times before washing it. Over the years, the wear and tear of washing a pollera can cause decoloration or damage, especially if not properly done. By following these advices, you will increase the lifespan of your beautiful and valuable pollera.