How do I wash velvet without ruining it?

Velvet is an alluring fabric, known for its soft and elegant texture. However, its delicacy may cause some concern when it comes to cleaning. In this article, we will explore how to care for velvet garments, ensuring that they remain beautiful and intact over time. Velvet is a highly prized fabric with a history rooted in the Orient from the 13th century. And even today, preserving its flawless appearance requires a careful approach to cleaning. Let's find out how best to do it.

What kind of fabric is velvet?

Velvet is a delicate fabric known for its soft, reflective, waled surface. These wales are created by a special weaving process that makes velvet a unique fabric. Velvet can be made from various fibre types, including cotton, silk and polyester.

Each type of velvet has its own characteristics and requires specific care during washing and cleaning. Because velvet is fragile, it is prone to damage if not treated with care. With the right information and products, you can keep your velvet garments in perfect condition for a long time. We reveal more below!

How to wash velvet garments

Washing velvet garments requires a gentle and careful approach. First, check the garment label or check the care label for specific washing instructions, as different types of velvet may have different requirements. Most velvet garments require hand or machine washing on a delicate cycle.

Choose cold or lukewarm water, avoiding high temperatures that could damage the fabric. Use a mild detergent, and do not use fabric softeners, as they can damage the loft. Wash velvet garments separately from other fabrics to avoid abrasion and the accumulation of lint or fibres. Once you have finished washing, rinse thoroughly to remove any detergent residue. Avoid wringing or twisting the velvet to avoid deforming the fabric. Dry velvet garments by laying them flat or hanging them up, avoiding direct sunlight and heat sources. These tips will help your velvet garments retain their softness and elegant appearance.

How to remove marks on velvet

Although we try to take the best possible care of our velvet garments, small accidents can sometimes occur. Accidental stains and marks can appear on velvet garments, but there are ways to deal with them successfully. Start by gently blotting the stain with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess liquid or dirt. Avoid rubbing the velvet, as this may cause permanent damage. If the stain is oily, such as oil or makeup, sprinkle some talcum powder or corn starch on the affected area and leave it to act for several hours or overnight. Next, use a soft brush to remove the talcum powder or cornstarch carefully. If the stain persists, consult a professional for dry cleaning or try a special detergent for velvet. This will help you efficiently care for your velvet garments, keeping them intact over time.

What product should I use to wash velvet?

When it comes to washing velvet garments, choosing the right detergent is crucial to preserving their beauty and softness. Chanteclair Wool and Cashmere Detergent, enriched with Argan oil for a balancing effect, is the perfect solution. This product is designed to care for delicate garments made from natural fibres, helping to keep them intact over time. Its flexibility, suitable for hand and machine washing, makes caring for your laundry a breeze. With Wool and Cashmere Detergent, your velvet garments will retain their beautiful texture and impeccable appearance.

Remember our advice!

Following these five tips, you can ensure that your velvet garments remain beautiful over time:

  1. Separating colours: before starting the wash, separate velvet garments from other fabrics and sort them by colour. This will prevent discolouration.
  2. Hand washing: if possible, choose to hand wash. Use cold or lukewarm water and add the appropriate detergent, avoiding harsh cleaners.
  3. Machine Washing: if you prefer to use the washing machine, be sure to place the velvet garments in a protective bag or turn them inside out to reduce friction with other garments. Remember to choose a gentle cycle with cold water or low temperatures to reduce stress on the velvet fabric.
  4. Avoid bleach: never use bleach or products containing bleach when washing velvet garments, as they may damage the fabric.
  5. Gentle ironing: if necessary, iron the velvet inside out with a low-temperature iron. Protect the fabric with a light, dry cloth to avoid marking or polishing.

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