POLLACK recommends the following guidelines for fabric care. Any specific notes or cautions that may apply are noted below.
To prevent build up of dirt and dust particles, which have impurities that affect fabrics, it is important to vacuum upholstered pieces often with a soft brush attachment. Regular rotation of loose cushions will equalize the wear and prolong the life of your fabric.
Dry cleaning is recommended for most fabrics, except where noted, and should be done at regular intervals
Care should be taken to use the proper temperature settings for each fiber when steaming or ironing.
The appropriate Cleaning Code for each fabric is listed on the pattern's detailed fabric specification page. For upholstered pieces, these codes apply only to the outer fabric covering.
Durability And Maintenance of Pile Fabrics
Velvet is a pile fabric in which the cut or loop ends of the warp yarns form the surface, which is usually short and dense. Many effects are possible, such as keeping the pile erect, or laying it in one direction during finishing to give the surface a very high luster, or panné. Velvets may be made of any fiber and are appreciated for their rich, luxurious look, soft hand and excellent drape.
The pile construction of velvet fabrics makes them susceptible to crushing, shading and scarring, which will naturally occur over time. This sensitivity to marking varies with each fabric depending on the pile height, density, and the fiber content, but shading is part of velvet's unique and valued aesthetic. When it results from normal use, a light brushing will often lift the crushed pile. In cases of severe pressure and/or exposure to moisture, steaming and/or dry cleaning may be required to once again lift the pile. We recommend that this be done by a reputable, professional upholstery cleaner. However, the crushing and shading will reoccur with time and normal use.
As a precaution against crushing during shipping, we take the following steps:
We ship all of our velvets rolled face-in on a tube, wrapped in both corrugated paper and brown paper