Velvet can be made from either synthetic or natural fibres.
Take care when choosing velvet. Check manufacturers’ specifications. Our upholsterers are highly skilled and experienced in working with velvet so are as delicate as possible but there are issues working with it.
- Pile crushing is an inherent feature of viscose velvets. With the handling and manipulation of the fabric during upholstery there may be uneven areas where the velvet pile appears marked. If a pile is pushed in different directions, it can appear bruised with marks or lines which is particularly noticeable on plain velvets. Sometimes noticeable when chairs are unwrapped following delivery. This should disappear over time.
- Velvet should never be stored vertically as wrinkling can occur which is not to be considered a defect.
- A deep pile is not suitable for piping and seams can appear uneven.
- Velvet naturally shades darker or lighter depending on the lay of the pile. With heavy use there can be displacement of the pile and wear developing. Minimise with careful brushing or hoovering.
Fine pile velvet requires a fine brush particularly a suede brush or lint roller. Vacuuming with an upholstery attachment (or cloth over the nozzle) always in the direction of the pile will help maintain its look.
Water and liquids stain velvet easily. Most can be wiped with a barely wet sponge and blotted with a dry cloth without pressure. Leaving the velvet wet can cause it to mark so use a hairdryer to dry quickly. For stubborn bruising and marking, velvet can be gently steamed. If in doubt, use a professional service.