FABRIC AFTER CARE
Most fabrics will fade and eventually wear out – that’s guaranteed. For lovers of fabric, it’s part of their charm. How you treat them, however, will determine when that time will come.
Vacuum (spot clean where necessary) upholstery fabrics weekly to reduce fabric wear through grit and dust. This is especially important for high-use items such as the family lounge or favourite sunroom chair.
Vacuum heavy curtains regularly to reduce build-up of dust and ‘dulling’ of colours.
Delicate fabrics such as silks and light-weight cottons can be dusted down with a feather duster or even shaken to dislodge dust and then the floor swept or vacuumed.
Not all fabrics can be laundered or dry cleaned, so regular maintenance and care is critical
Hand Washing Cotton and Linen
All our linen and cotton fabrics will shrink between 5 -15% depending on the temperature of the water.
Reds and strong pinks will bleed if washed in hot water and strong detergents, and be aware that they cannot be left to soak, or stay wet for any length of time.
Always wash cotton and linen with care: use only a mild detergent.
Do not use enzymes, bleach or strong detergents.
Hand wash in the bath or large tub, or in a bag if using machine washing, to protect them further.
If you have a specific use in mind, beyond that for which the fabric is intended, and want to launder it in future, please do a test as follows: Pin a piece of the fabric to another item in your normal wash to see how the fabric will behave.
The use of tumble dryers will shrink fabrics
Fabrics used as window furnishings should have the appropriate linings for the conditions – we advise full sun protection wherever possible, for longer life. Unlined fabrics will always deteriorate quickly.
Swap curtains from left to right sides so that a single edge is not always exposed to the sun.
Ensure curtains pull well back behind the architrave of the window when drawn to limit exposure to direct sunlight.
Where practical, use sheers on North and West facing windows. This increases privacy and reduces the UV penetration into your room.