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Tuesday, January 4, 2011


When I think of velvet, I think two things - luxury and holidays. Velvet is a lavish, distinctive fabric that can be a bit problematic. Velvet was a very popular fabric in many designer lines this season, so we're guessing something velvet found its way into your closet. Here are a few things you might want to be aware of before you put your velvet items away for the season:

1. As with storing any garment, it is important that you store it clean. Most velvet fabrics cannot be cleaned at home. Before you wash your garment, carefully read the cleaning instructions. If it is marked 'dry clean only' don't attempt to clean it yourself.
2. When storing, always hang the garment on a quality padded hanger.
3. Never fold a velvet garment over a hanger bar. If you have no place to hang it, then roll it - don't fold. Do not store it for long periods using metal clips. Don't keep it crammed in a crowded closet. Any of these practices could result in matting, flattening, or distorting of the pile.
4. Do store it in a cool, dry location. Avoid storing your velvet items in your basement or attic, both of which contain high levels of damaging substances like moisture, dust, and mold.

Taking proper care of your velvet garments will ensure they'll be around for you to enjoy next season. Let us know if you have any questions.

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