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Photo: Africa Studio (Shutterstock) Maybe you’re the type of person who, at the end of each holiday season, washes all the stockings and other festive fabric decorations before putting them in a carefully sealed container, so everything’s ready-to-go the following year. Or maybe by the time the first week of January (or whenever you take your decorations down) rolls around, you’re so exhausted and sick of looking at the stuff, that you throw the stockings, tree skirt, and pillows in a box and toss it in the attic. If you’re in that second category, you may be retrieving those boxes of holiday decorations now, and noticing that they’re a little dusty or dingy-looking. But won’t worry—most (if not all) of it can be washed. In an article for The Spruce , Mary Marlowe Leverette walks us through how to do that. Here’s what to know. How to wash holiday stockings Velvet: Stockings made from velvet should be dry cleaned by a professional cleaner. If they are wrinkled, never press with an iron, or you’ll have the imprint of the iron’s soleplate left as a permanent decoration. Use steam to lift the fibers and a soft brush to leave them silky smooth. Needlepoint: Needlepoint stockings are beautiful and took someone a very long time to create. To brighten the colors, give them a good vacuuming with the upholstery brush. If they are stained, take them to a professional dry cleaner. Cross-Stitch: Cross-stitch is usually done on a fabric that can […]