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What is the best way to wash a tallit gadol?

Mine is a fairly traditional large black and white wool tallit with plain white (not techelet) tzitzit. After a few years in shul it's a little yellow around the atarah and there a couple of blood spots (not what you think, one of my kids managed to injure herself during Shabbat services once).

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personally I remove the atarah and send it to the dry-cleaners. – eramm Dec 24 '13 at 10:43
Everybody I know dry-cleans, but the presence of a Jewish-owned dry-cleaner that does tallitot for free may be a factor. – Monica Cellio Dec 24 '13 at 13:51
As far as I know the best way is a delicate hand wash in cold water with a careful drying procedure. I would think that dry cleaning could be OK but there could be a problem with the tzitziot in the machines. – Epicentre Dec 25 '13 at 5:41

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