Help On Wicking Fleece

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So typically I find google to be helpful, but when there are so many ways on different links it becomes hard to choose the right way or easy way.

So I have owned guinea pigs for yearsss, and finally got one. I couldn't believe how much bedding has become over the years. So, I am going to switch over to fleece.

I went and purchased 8 difference fleece fabrics (I know it might have been much at first, but they had Christmas ones !) So, I went off the first how to link. It said to was a few times, on cold water. Never said add any detergent. So I did that , and the fleece is still in pooling.

Sooooo shoot me your recommendations on what y'all find to be easy (or hard) way to wick fleece, and the temp/liquids you add .

Thank you !
 

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Hello, y'all
I've tried reading the Detailed Guide, watching YouTube Videos, did A LOT of testing (vinegar, dish soap, detergent, bleach, you name it) and my fleece is just impossible. I know pig's urine is different from water, but...I don't think water - even being different - would be supposed to pool over the fleece for 12 hours, right?
Yeah, that's happening. I don't know what else I can do. I thought I made it using dish soap, because the fleece was wicking instantly, but...
1) I realized it wasn't completely dry. When it's completely dry, it comes back to be "waterproof" just the same.
2) It seems that after washing with some different products (dish soap, for example) the fleece becomes more absorbent, but...not really wicking, I don't know if I'm choosing the words correctly. The fleece seems to hold water inside of it. Not pooling, but not exactly letting water through (yes, I'm using towels underneath it at all times).
3) Washer is completely clean, I've tried combining products, seems that the more information I get, more confusing it is. Some say "dish soap yes", "dish soap don't use it", "bleach does nothing", "bleach solved it", this and that...I'm completely LOST.


Here in my country (it being hot, humid and no winter at all) we don't have this different fleece options, anti-pill, polar, blizzard, etc. The one I could find was this one: 1603131235089.png

Which I'm not quite sure what type it is.

Any help would be much, much, very, much absurdly appreciated.

Thanks

P.S.: I decided posting as a reply to this one hoping the original poster found a solution. If there's none, I may consider crying for help in a separate post.
 

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Hello, y'all
I've tried reading the Detailed Guide, watching YouTube Videos, did A LOT of testing (vinegar, dish soap, detergent, bleach, you name it) and my fleece is just impossible. I know pig's urine is different from water, but...I don't think water - even being different - would be supposed to pool over the fleece for 12 hours, right?
Yeah, that's happening. I don't know what else I can do. I thought I made it using dish soap, because the fleece was wicking instantly, but...
1) I realized it wasn't completely dry. When it's completely dry, it comes back to be "waterproof" just the same.
2) It seems that after washing with some different products (dish soap, for example) the fleece becomes more absorbent, but...not really wicking, I don't know if I'm choosing the words correctly. The fleece seems to hold water inside of it. Not pooling, but not exactly letting water through (yes, I'm using towels underneath it at all times).
3) Washer is completely clean, I've tried combining products, seems that the more information I get, more confusing it is. Some say "dish soap yes", "dish soap don't use it", "bleach does nothing", "bleach solved it", this and that...I'm completely LOST.


Here in my country (it being hot, humid and no winter at all) we don't have this different fleece options, anti-pill, polar, blizzard, etc. The one I could find was this one: View attachment 155986

Which I'm not quite sure what type it is.

Any help would be much, much, very, much absurdly appreciated.

Thanks

P.S.: I decided posting as a reply to this one hoping the original poster found a solution. If there's none, I may consider crying for help in a separate post.
You could try washing it with vinegar as it can help strip the waterproofing properties out of it but unfortunately not all types of fleece will wick and If you’ve washed it several times and it’s not working, then it may simply not be the right type of fleece so may never wick. Not much help I know but it’s sometimes simply the case.
 

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Are you testing it by having something absorbent underneath? You need your absorbent layer to draw the moisture through, it won’t just drip through on its own.

Ah, just reread, you have a towel underneath.

Dishsoap is used to “strip” residual detergent out of fabrics.
Have you been using any conditioner
 

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Are you testing it by having something absorbent underneath? You need your absorbent layer to draw the moisture through, it won’t just drip through on its own.

Ah, just reread, you have a towel underneath.

Dishsoap is used to “strip” residual detergent out of fabrics.
Have you been using any conditioner
No, not using conditioner/softener anymore. I tried, at first, and it's crazy because when I used it, it seemed to work better than when I wasn't using it. But I've read EVERYWHERE people stressing to NOT use any softener (ever), so I stopped using it. Then I tried using it again (desperate measures) and it didn't work. So...it's really confusing.
I wanted to know how to RESET the fabric, let me put it this way, hahaha...I've tried vinegar and I'm not even sure if I'm using the proper type. People talk about "white distilled vinegar", I can't find this type where I live. But doing some research, I think the "alcohol vinegar" (the one we have here) is the same thing. Because we have the white wine vinegar, apple vinegar and so on. The only one different is the "alcohol vinegar" that English speakers never mention. So I think the "white distilled vinegar" and "alcohol vinegar" are the same thing. I'm using this one, I even let the fleece soaking there for a few hours...still nothing.

I'm starting to think that is the type of fleece as Piggies&buns mentioned. :(

So sad.
 
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