CAR­ING FOR YOUR FAB­RICS

Make your fur­nish­ings last long by keep­ing them free of stains, dust and dirt. All you need to do is fol­low these clever ideas.

India Today - - COVER STORY - PARUSHNI AG­GAR­WAL Founder and Cre­ative Di­rec­tor, Stu­dioCREO, New Delhi www.stu­diocreo.com

The life of an up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture piece is di­rectly pro­por­tional to the care and main­te­nance it’s fab­ric is pro­vided with. Same goes for cur­tains, and bed and ta­ble linen. There­fore, it be­comes im­per­a­tive to know about dif­fer­ent tex­tile qual­i­ties, how they should be kept, main­tained and cleaned.

TEX­TILE S ON FUR­NI­TURE

Dirt and dust shorten the life of the fab­ric and also de­grade its ap­pear­ance. To achieve longer life, reg­u­larly vac­uum us­ing a soft brush. Clean­ing should be­gin once you no­tice that reg­u­lar vac­u­um­ing and dust­ing is no longer solv­ing the pur­pose. A foam­ing cleanser is usu­ally rec­om­mended. Though us­age dic­tates fre­quency of clean­ing, en­sure you clean it at least once, ev­ery three months. For stain re­moval, do not use house­hold clean­ers, they are too harsh. Also, be­fore clean­ing and stain re­moval, al­ways check if the fab­ric can with­stand the clean­ing agent be­ing used; test it on an area in­vis­i­ble and leave it to dry. As a rule re­mem­ber, Nat­u­ral fi­bres are good with ab­sorb­ing per­spi­ra­tion, how­ever, they at­tract both water and oil. Syn­thetic fi­bres on the other hand re­sist water but at­tract oil. The worst friends of stains are mixed fi­bres as they highly re­sist both water and oil and make for com­fort­able up­hol­stery ma­te­ri­als.

KEEP THE BED CLEAN

Some mea­sures that should be taken to main­tain the health of bed linens in­clude wash­ing bed sheets at least once, ev­ery 15 days. Us­ing a zip­pered pil­low pro­tec­tor un­der the pil­low cover to save the heart of the pil­low from hair and oils; and clean­ing the mat­tress once a month with bak­ing soda for stains.

TIME FOR A CUR­TAIN CALL

To pre­vent dirt and dust from col­lect­ing on cur­tains, give them small jerks. En­sure they are washed once, ev­ery month. Al­ways iron them from re­verse side. If they have lace, re­move dust with the help of the dryer. So, to en­sure the long life of home tex­tiles, use these tips and tricks to keep them clean and stain-free.

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