MISC FABRIC CARE
With chemical exposure, long-term damage to fabrics, and financial expense, there is an increasing number of people that are asking for alternatives to dry cleaning. Here is a little secret, okay, it’s a big secret: you can safely care for most dry clean only items at home!
blazers, suiting, & upholstery
Wet the Wash & Stain Bar and gently work a lather into the affected areas. You may also use our Stain Solution on a clean, wet, lint-free cloth. Use lukewarm water, regardless of fabric type.
- Do not use paper towels and certain types of sponges because they may leave lint or residue behind. We use our Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth for great results.
- Remove soap and dirt. Dampen cloth (as needed) and repeat the process until satisfied.
SPOT TREAT ONLY
- Spritz the Wool & Cashmere Spray on the inside lining of suits and jackets between wears to remove odor. What we love about this spray is that it doesn’t simply mask odors by adding scent. Its antibacterial properties actually help to lift, neutralize, and remove the source of the odor. You can also hang the item outside (avoiding direct sunlight) where it can breathe.
- Steaming will also help to reduce odor by killing germs and bacteria. For added scent, pour one capful of Ironing Water into the steamer tank. Get the best steamer possible – we do NOT recommend ironing these items.
- Keep items looking neat by removing lint. We use our Clothing & Upholstery Brush.
- If you decide to dry clean, only do it once or twice a season to help your items last longer.
TIPS & TRICKS
Luxe and soft on the skin, just about anything draped in velvet equals a serious statement piece. At home, it’s a durable and forgiving upholstery choice that instantly adds drama to a room. Caring for this woven, tufted fabric with threads cut to form a short, dense pile may seem intimidating at first, however, it’s easier than one might think!
- Stain Solution is ideal for protein and tannin stains, such as wine, coffee, ink, grass, urine, blood, and old, set-in stains such as pit stains.
- The Wash & Stain Bar works the material to remove dirt, grease, oil, and makeup.
To remove odor, presoak the item for 30 minutes in cool water mixed with ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar.
Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing velvet.
- Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of Delicate Wash to a washbasin or sink filled with cool water.
- Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
- Rinse well by running tepid water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item.
But, life happens, so you can absolutely machine wash your velvet too!
- Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag. Select the delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low.
- Add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash according to the machine and load size.
- Velvet attracts lint, which is difficult to remove once it has attached itself to the dense pile.
- Wash the item inside out, and do not wash with materials that produce lint (such as fleece jackets, towels, and sweaters). Wash with like colors and fabrics only.
Dry & Finish
Lay the item flat, hang to dry, or put in the dryer on the “fluff” setting to prevent a crushed velvet appearance.
Steam after washing to remove wrinkles. Never iron, as ironing will crush or flatten the natural pile.
In Between Washes
Velvet does not usually require frequent washing.
Items can be hung on a hanger; however, be mindful of clips because they can leave marks on the material.
Always store items clean in a breathable cotton Hanging Garment Bag to protect items from bugs.