Washing a Pastry Cloth?
I have my grandmother's nigh upon ancient pastry cloth. I know it's older than I am - my mom remembers seeing it in use when SHE was a kid, and she's 60. Let this be a testament to the lifespan of good, quality stuff! It came with a few bits of dough imbedded into it where stuff had stuck. Nothing to worry about. And then, last week when I was making my version of Anadama bread - I failed to flour thoroughly before turning my dough out onto the cloth to divide and shape. I have a large, perhaps 3" round spot now that didn't come up entirely when I scrapped (carefully and at a very shallow angle) with my bench scraper.
Can I wash this? Is it going to be a mess? The edges are not finished/hemmed - they're simply cut with pinking shears. Other than unraveling, do I have to worry about the embedded flour and dough just turning into a paste and ruining the cloth entirely?
Any suggestions welcome.