A quick look at the furniture trend is a testament to the creativity of indigenous furniture makers. You can be spoiled for choice if you visit furniture showrooms in Nigeria because of the kind of designs on display. Examples of such designs are furniture made with velvet materials. Velvet clothing are now in use as against leather and cotton materials.
5 Simple Tricks for Cleaning Velvet Furniture
More interior decorators have now become more fascinated about having furniture made with velvet materials at their clients apartment. As good looking as this type of furniture can be, if not properly cleaned it can become too messy and unpleasant to have. Today’s article will help us get simple tricks to clean and make your velvet furniture new every day.
- Spot clean immediately after spills.
Never underestimate the impact of spot-cleaning velvet upholstery. “Always soak up spills immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth or paper towel, but be careful not to dab or rub as this will push the liquid deeper into the fibers.
- Steam regularly.
Since velvet has a higher pile (taller strands of fabric on its surface), it has the tendency to compress—often appearing as a crease or a white stain—when under pressure for long periods of time. Steaming velvet fabric is a great way to keep it clean and avoid velvet compression. To remove compression, simply steam the creases out with a steamer or the steam setting on your iron, and gently brush in the opposite direction of the pile to release the wrinkles. Be sure your steamer is set on low to avoid damaging the fabric.
- Keep a vacuum handy.
In order to ensure your velvet upholstery stays fresh-looking between spot cleaning and steaming sessions vacuum it regularly. Always vacuum gently to avoid wearing the fabric.
- DIY a velvet-safe cleaning solution.
For heavier spills and stains, you can easily create your own cleaning solution by mixing a drop or two of dishwashing liquid with a cup of water. Simply shake the container to create some frothy bubbles, take your cloth, and dip it in just the suds then, lightly blot the stain with the sudsy cloth until you’ve removed as much of the stain as you can.
- Prevent fading.
Like it or not, certain kinds of velvet upholstery fabrics, particularly cotton velvet, are especially prone to fading when exposed to sunlight. To avoid it, protect your furniture by selecting a space that isn’t in direct sunlight. If that’s not possible, you can drape a throw blanket over the exposed areas to protect it and keep your furniture looking bright.