Velvet, contrary to what many people think not is a fabric, but a tissue. As velvet may be composed of many different fibers it is essential that the material test before washing, as brands that tend to see on the surface often come from his contact with the heat and water.
Here are some tips that can help them when cleaning the Velvet:
- Follow the instructions on the label: more obvious as it may seem, this action is the first that we must take before washing any piece that is often forgotten or simply ignored. There are many types of velvet, so is that while some resist to be perfectly tucked in the washing machine and even in the dryer, there are others who should be dry-cleaned only.
For vintage clothes that do not bring washing instructions, the decision may become even more difficult, then send them to the dry cleaner does not guarantee that they will return in good condition.
My recommendation is that if you buy a vintage velvet piece, do not invest much and get the idea that can use it only a couple of times if you think it wash. If it lasts longer, it will be a pleasant surprise.
Remember also that many boutiques and shops manage currently retro styles that although they do not have the glamour of the original vintage, yes they are much easier to handle and will give you the look you want.
- Hand wash: if you going to always hand wash is recommended to use a soapy solution made with mild soap and water you can apply to try to remove stains, to then remove them with a damp towel before opting to get the garment completely water.
Remember to always test first on a small area of the garment that is not, to check if the fabric is not Rioja or is damaged after washing.
- Washing machine: if it is synthetic velvet, most likely there is no problem with the washing machine. Anyway it is never over use SOAP soft and transparent, the velvet is a fabric that may machar easily with strong detergents, and is not exactly the type of material that can be cut without a trace.
- Tries to brush: for some types of velvet, rather than be dirty has attached lint or dust, use a soft bristle brush for clothes can operate. Just remember that you must brush in the direction in which will the tissue to avoid losing strands and that your garment is “bald” parts.
- Spin it or squeeze it?: although you can that the synthetic velvets resist this operation, the truth is that it is not the best way to treat. If you already submerged it in water and now don’t know how to get rid of it, try placing the garment on a surface flat on a towel and pressing with another towel to go by absorbing excess water. You never hang the wet or squeeze it with your hands!
- Ironing it: many recommend ironing the fabric on the back with a low temperature, but in reality it is always best to try with a steam iron (also tries to do it on the back of the garment). When you don’t have one, you can hang the garment near the shower on and off steam (without getting it wet).
- Prevention is better: velvet parts can last years intact if you give them a good preventive care. Try to follow the following:
-Do not hang them on metal hooks
-It is preferable not to bend them
-Cover with a cover so that no dust fall off them
-Try not to give them a rough use. Bags and blouses may show a loss of hair in the elbow area, while the trousers at the knees.
-Do not expose it long to direct sunlight as it loses its shine.