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What is velvet fabric & how to look after it?
What is velvet fabric & how to look after it?

What is velvet fabric & how to look after it?

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Written by Rebecca Green
Updated over a week ago

There is nothing like the richness offered by a quality velvet fabric. Incredibly soft and sumptuous to the touch, velvets can also be durable when they are well looked after.

Velvet is made from highly durable man-made fibres such as polyester and nylon. Modern looms can handle many colours and variations of thread, and as such there is huge scope for pattern and detail to be woven into the fabric.

Due to the thick pile, velvet absorbs spills and stains quite easily and can be difficult to clean. It has slightly lower light resistance than other fabrics and should be kept out of direct sunlight so as to avoid any fading or sun damage. With normal use, the pile could flatten or become crushed but regular vacuuming with a soft brush attachment should help to revive the pile. Velvets can be cleaned using the specially developed products from our fabric care kit, although care should be taken to never use too much water as it may damage the fabric.

One of the more delicate fabrics we offer, velvet sofas are better suited to homes where you are able to take a little extra care. You may want to ensure that Sofashield is selected for peace of mind.

Find out more about Sofashield here

Important tip: To avoid water marks after cleaning we advise that you dampen a colourfast cloth with boiled water from a kettle and gently wipe the entire panel or cushion from seam to seam. This will help to prevent any water stains as the fabric dries.

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