I've just recently started using gumpaste and fondant. I love the effects but just can't seem to keep them lint free. I've tried using only paper towels for cleaning my surface, using only white dish cloths, using only thin dish cloths, you name it! I've also taken to only wearing a shirt that's the same color was what I'm working with or white (that seems to help some). Does anyone have any suggestions or a type of paper towel that they use to clean that doesn't leave a lot of lint? THANKS!
Everything you are already doing, plus, use a scrap piece of fondant or gumpaste to knead in your fingers before you start working, or if you get up and go somewhere else or touch something else. Just a few seconds is fine. Any dust and lint that will have stuck to your fingers will now be in the scrap fondant, not your nice clean piece. You can also use this for periodically "wiping" down your board you are working on. However, even if you do all this, its pretty much impossible to get 100% lint free fondant or gumpaste in my experience
I also wear a white tshirt when working on fondant and gumpaste.
I've had the same problem since I first started working with fondant/gumpaste and throught it was just me I know my cake area is spotless, but it kept happening
Dayti, that is a great answer to the problem! I never thought of things that way Who knew that our clothes had that much lint to leave behind?
I have learned to turn off the ceiling fan and any other fans that are directed to the cake area and that seemed to help.
Thanks to OP for this thread, because it's nice to know I am not battling this issue alone
i always take a small scrap piece of fondant, And roll it out with my pin first (after cleaning everything down of course) , I roll the fondant against all my bench, my hands, my rolling pin, And all the tiny bits get caught in that scrap piece! its amazing, how even though after ive cleaned, that scrap piece still gets full of fluffy things! But it works like a charm, it means when i start rolling big pieces, it stays nice and clean, I also keep a few spare pieces of scrap from what ever im working on, To continually collect the fluff
I've only ever use the best quality paper towel I can find and dont use any cloth at all when working with fondant and I dont have any probs any more. The fondant scrap is also a great help!
Everything that has already been said PLUS don't wear cotton or other natural fabrics. They all lose fiber and will get lint on your fondant and gumpaste. I have a nylon t-shirt and pants that I wear when I really want to keep the lint to a minimum, although you can never really have it 100% lint free.
Thank you everyone! I'm going to try all of those things right now!
Thank you again for all of your suggestions. I tried them all yesterday and my gum paste stayed spotless!
Love the idea of a piece of scrap fondant to pick up lint before working on the real thing. I did a cake this weekend that I had to keep picking out the lint. Thank you for this post!!
I'm not sure why you're having so much problem with lint. I don't usually don't do anything special, and as longs as I've wiped my table with a damp cloth and washed my hands, I'm good to go.
Could it be a clogged AC filter? Why is there so much lint in the air?