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What is Chenille fabric and how to look after it?
What is Chenille fabric and how to look after it?

What are the benefits of chenille fabric and how should it be cared for?

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Written by Rebecca Green
Updated over a week ago

Very soft to the touch due to the high pile, chenille is very comfortable but slightly harder to maintain than other fabric options. Usually made from cotton, polyester and viscose, it is often available in colourful and variable depth designs.

The thick pile makes chenille especially luxurious, with a beautiful sheen to the finish that looks and feels incredible.

However, due to the thick pile, chenille 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. Chenille 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, chenille 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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