What types of problems can velvets experience?
Velvet can experience a variety of problems, including a loss of pile, flattening and matting, pilling and tufting, and shrinkage. Crushed velvets have a tendency to experience a loss of design and distortion from wear alone. Velvets made of acetate pose special problems: the pile can become permanently flattened with moisture, heat, or pressure. As a result, the pile on an acetate velvet dress is more likely to show the effects of wear. Even greater flattening develops if the velvet is brushed or if any pressure is put on it while wet.
How can you keep your velvets fit for royalty?
- Hang velvet garments in a well-ventilated closet after wearing.
- If a velvet garment gets wet, do not apply pressure, as this can flatten the pile.
- Do not iron velvets. Hang in the bathroom and steam the garment to remove any wrinkles.
- Clean velvet garments immediately after use.
- Shake excess spills from the fabric and allow to dry. Do not blot or apply any pressure in damp areas.
If you do get a stain on a velvet garment, bring it to our dry cleaners. Our stain removal experts can help you remove the stain.