You’ve put a lot of thought into selecting the perfect fabric for your custom-made draperies or your newly upholstered furniture. How do you take care of the fabric to make it last longer?
Fabrics must be protected from the sun
Draperies should be lined, and also interlined, when fragile fabrics are used such as silk. Shades should be drawn during the day and awnings should be used whenever possible. Window glass magnifies the destructive elements in the rays of the sun. The winter sun and reflection from the snow are even more harmful than the summer sun. Trees and shrubbery help protect windows.
Colors can fade by oxidation if fabrics are kept in storage for too long a period without airing. Impurities in the air may cause as much fading as the direct rays of the sun.
Use a dry cleaner specializing in home furnishings
Dust has impurities, which affect fabrics. Vacuum fabrics often. Dry cleaning should be done at regular intervals before excessive soil has accumulated. Very few fabrics are washable.
Fabrics wear out…they are not indestructible
Wear will vary with the amount of use. Some weaves are stronger than others are. A favorite chair will not last as long as a seldom-used showpiece.
Finishes may help fabrics resist soil and stain
Applied finishes help fabrics resist spotting, but they are not necessarily the end-all to every problem. Light colors are likely to benefit most. Dining room chairs will soil no matter what is used. A finish does not eliminate the necessity of properly caring for fabrics. Spots should still be given immediate attention by a professional dry cleaner.
Synthetic yarns have made impressive strides in advancing the technology of weaving, but they cannot perform miracles. Performance will vary with the construction of the fabric and its application.