Few fabrics are as lovely, sophisticated and classic-looking as quality velvet -- or as easy to damage. Velvet is composed of thick, delicate piles, and pressure applied to them for too long compresses them, leaving imprints in the fabric. In many cases, damage to velvet is permanent. However, some materials may be reparable, particularly if the imprinting object did not crush the velvet too harshly. Try to repair or at least minimise the damage before you give up your garment for lost.
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Things you need
- Pot of boiling water
- Fine-toothed comb
Steam areas with minor damage using a steamer on the reverse side of the fabric. This is particularly effective for imprints along seams and creases.
Hang the fabric in a steamy bathroom to remove light imprints across large areas.
Boil water in a pot and hold deep imprints over it to steam them intensely.
Brush the damaged areas very gently with your fingers or a fine-toothed comb immediately after steaming the fabric heavily.
Take the fabric to a professional when all else fails. Dry cleaners may have tools or systems to lift imprints from velvet.
Tips and warnings
- Never iron velvet.
- Imprints in velvet often cannot be repaired. Maintain your velvets carefully so they do not become damaged in the first place. Avoid wetting them, pressing on them or folding them.
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