How to wash chenille

How to wash chenille

All fabrics, especially those used for the upholstery and furnishings of our homes, must be treated carefully to be able to maintain the characteristics and quality of the product unchanged over time. An incorrect maintenance, in fact, can compromise not only the functionality but also the aesthetics of the chosen fabric. Our chenille curtains can ensure maximum convenience in washing, also thanks to their Made in Italy quality guarantee. To preserve their characteristics, color and texture, it is good to follow some precautions in the washing and drying phase:

In the washing machine

Our chenille curtains can be put in the washing machine without any drawbacks, after removing them from their tracks. For maximum results, use a neutral detergent for delicate fabrics; washing must be carried out at 30° and without resorting to long spin cycles. A tip: to avoid spending a few hours untangling the ropes after washing, insert the curtain in a bag or in a pillow cover. In this way, there will be no danger of tangling and your curtain can be immediately put to dry.

Hand-washed

You can also wash our chenille curtains by hand. However, if soaked with lukewarm water and detergent for delicates, they risk being damaged. It is therefore more suitable to wash them with a cloth dipped in water and detergent and then wrung out. Note: the detergent must be diluted, because the fabric can be damaged with direct contact. Finally, we advise you not to rub the curtain a lot, to prevent it from coming loose, and to squeeze it gently.

Drying

Attention to the last step of the washing process. Do you want to go back to using your chenille curtain as if it had never been removed? First of all, do not expose it directly to the sun: contact with the rays, over time, risks discoloration. In addition, it is advisable not to hang it, because with the weight of the water it could stretch or become deformed: much better to let it drain on a horizontal surface.

The chenille fabrics are delicate and easily tend. A washing right could also discolor the head. Some time ago the chenille was made by hand with spun cotton. Today, sweaters, throws, hats and winter gloves are designed with polyester, rayon or mixed acrylic. The spun cotton is quite fragile so to avoid damaging the chenille it washes the fabrics exclusively by hand. At the same time, it is appropriate to follow some important precautions. But here’s how to proceed.

How to wash chenille fabrics?

You will need:

  • Marseille soap
  • Neutral detergent
  • Two clean clothes
  • Two bath towels

How to wash chenille

To wash chenille fabrics properly, forget the washing machine. Even the most delicate program could damage the fibers. Therefore, fill the sink or bathtub with warm water. Add the flakes of soap, preferably from Marseille or, alternatively, the neutral detergent. Then distribute it evenly. Then dip the fabric and shake it in the water without overdoing it. Leave the chenille to soak for about 20 minutes before draining the water. Then fill the sink or tub with hot water and wash for a second time with less soap. Allow another 5 minutes.

Softener

In the tub or in the sink add water this time cold and not very soft. Leave the chenille to soak for about 10 minutes. Then drain the water and proceed with a cold wash to remove detergent residues. At this point, shake and remove the chenille after 25 or 30 minutes. Subsequently, the fabric drips to remove excess water. Be careful not to squeeze the head. Then lay two bath towels on a table or flat surface and then place the chenille fabric on the towels. Wait for the complete drying. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight to prevent the garment from discoloring.

Upholstery

The upholstery of the chenille sofas can be washed with a mild detergent. Absolutely not soak the fabric. Therefore, fill a bucket with warm water and add neutral detergent or Marseille soap flakes. Mix by hand and dip a clean cloth. Squeeze well and pat the stains on the upholstery. Then place a dry cloth on the clean area and apply light pressure with your hands to remove excess water. Proceed with the dry cleaning of the chenille covering fabric. Use a soft bristle brush for this purpose. If the stains persist, repeat the process.

Never forget:

The ironing of chenille garments must take place at less than 200 degrees. The upholstery of the chenille sofas should not be removed but washed with neutral soap or a mixture of white vinegar and tea tree oil.

I finish my chenille scarves, shawls, etc. by hemstitching on the loom in bundles of four (two wasn’t heavy enough and 6 looked too big). After the cloth is cut from the loom I take two of the bundles of four and tie a knot at the very end of the fringe, pulling on it to make sure it’s tight. I do this all the way across making sure that the knots are evenly matched in length on the fringe. I wash the scarf by hand in the sink and spin it out gently in the washing machine or wrap it in a towel to get rid of the excess moisture. Hang to dry. While it’s still damp, hold the cloth firmly with your left hand and with your right hand, pull down on one knot and twist the fringe to the left. It will want to go in that direction. Let it dry. After they have dried I cut the little tuft off back to the knot. I put them into a hot dryer for just 1 minute to soften them up. I don’t like them to be in there any longer. Remember this….whatever you take out of the lint trap has been stripped off your fabric. Chenille is a woven yarn with exposed wefts that make it fringey….the dryer likes to suck that stuff off and if you leave it in the dryer too long you will be basically throwing your yarn away. See the series of photos below that will “walk” you through my process.

How to wash chenille I am taking 2 bundles of 4.

Can you see the knot tied at the end?

This is a wet scarf…I take the knot and pull and then put a twist in it

How to wash chenille Grab the fringe
How to wash chenille Twist the fringe to the left

This is what 3 wet twisted fringes look like. It is like twisting your hair, but you don’t put a bobby pin in it :^)

How to wash chenille

These are my version of fringes on 2 scarves that are at least 7 years old (maybe older). They are secure and stable but look soft and drapey just like the scarves.

How to wash chenille Example of completed fringe
How to wash chenille Another example of a completed scarf

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We have a new light brown sofa from DFS that’s lovely and soft – covered in gorgeous chenille fabric. How do I clean them? The washing tags on the cushion covers say not to handwash/machine wash/dry clean – so they want me to pay an expensive professional cleaner?

Has anyone got experience with washing chenille fabric in a machine on a low wool cycle setting and how did it turn out please?

Replies

My only experience of washing chenille years ago was a cushion cover that I hand washed gently in warm soapy water and let drip dry outside on a warm sunny day. I seem to remember that it came up perfectly OK and didn’t shrink which is the main risk when washing material instead of dry cleaning.

A lot of manufacturers put Dry Clean only on their products simply to protect themselves and you find you can wash their products if you do it with care. I have even washed curtains which say ‘dry clean only’ by doing them in warm soapy water in the bath and drip drying, and items like silk ties.

However you won!t want to make an expensive mistake with your sofa cushions. Why not contact DFS and ask for a sample piece of the fabric used on your sofa, preferably at least 12 inches square. You can always say you want it to carry around for matching other accessories like curtains. Measure it before gently washing and then again afterwards to see if it has shrunk. That will give you some idea of the risk. Also ask DFS what it would cost to recover them. That will give you an idea of the likely cost of making a mistake if it goes wrong ! And if you do decide to go ahead, only wash one first at low temperature to see how it turns out. Good luck!

How to wash chenille

Chenille upholstered cushions have yarn spun from cotton, rayon, wool, silk or a combination of these. Because of the variations in fiber content, different types of chenille require distinct cleaning methods. Although durable, this fabric tends to shrink; for at-home cleaning, stick to regular vacuuming and spot treatments, and leave the cushion covers on rather than removing them and washing by hand. For a thorough all-over cleaning, hire a professional upholstery cleaner every few years.

Brush the chenille upholstery with a very soft upholstery brush or baby hairbrush to loosen dirt and soil. Brush lightly back and forth with the nap; on seat cushions, the nap runs from back to front, and on back cushions, it runs from the top down.

Secure an upholstery attachment to your vacuum and gently remove dirt and debris from the cushion.

Remove stains from chenille upholstery marked with a “W” on the tag with mild, dye-free liquid soap or laundry detergent intended for delicate fabrics. Fill a bowl with cool water and add a few drops of soap or detergent — just enough to form small bubbles. Dip a clean, white rag in the foam and dab at marks and stains until they lift. Don’t scrub vigorously or across the nap, and don’t over-wet the rag. Rinse away the soap with a clean, white rag dipped in clean water.

Treat spots or discoloration on chenille fabric with solvent-based cleaner when the tag features an “S.” Dry-cleaning products, available in the laundry aisle, or plain vodka work well. Lightly wet a clean, white rag with the solvent and dab at any marks. Don’t rub the fabric.

Clean chenille upholstery marked with a “SW” on the tag using either method. Because chenille is prone to shrinking, start with a solvent-based cleaner to avoid excess moisture.

Dry all chenille upholstery as quickly as possible after cleaning. A hairdryer set on low or a box fan pointed at the furniture works well.

Avoid solvent- and water-based cleaners when the chenille cushion’s tag features an “X.” If stains and dirt don’t lift with light vacuuming and gentle brushing, take the upholstery to a dry cleaner or a specialist in cleaning delicate upholstery.

Chenille throws are cosy blankets to place on the bed or couch for a chilly evening. Most noted for the soft texture of the fabric, these throws can be quite frustrating when it comes to cleaning.

The most notorious traits for washing a chenille throw is the drying application.

The fabric can be removed by heavy agitation, creating fluff on any other items placed in the laundry cycle. Inexpensive throws may also unravel in a regular washing machine. Higher quality chenille throws can be machine washed, while lesser expensive throws may have to be cleaned by hand.

  • Chenille throws are cosy blankets to place on the bed or couch for a chilly evening.
  • The fabric can be removed by heavy agitation, creating fluff on any other items placed in the laundry cycle.

Place the throw into the washing machine. Evenly distribute the item around the agitation drum. When the chenille gets wet it will become extremely heavy. Wash only the throw and no other items.

Switch the cycle to “delicate” and allow the washer to fill with water. Add the detergent or Woolite-type fabric cleaner once the drum is full.

  • Switch the cycle to “delicate” and allow the washer to fill with water.

Allow the machine to run a full cycle. Keep on eye on the operation of the machine. The throw may gather to one side of the drum. This can cause the machine to shut off or skirt across the floor.

Remove from the washing machine and place into the dryer. Set the dryer for “light duty” or “delicates”. Check the lint screen for fabric build-up during the drying cycle.

Fill a clean tub or bathtub with warm water. Add the detergent to the water and mix well with your hands. Wear rubber gloves if your hands are sensitive to the cleaner.

  • Fill a clean tub or bathtub with warm water.
  • Add the detergent to the water and mix well with your hands.

Place the chenille into the warm soapy solution. Press down on the fabric to fully immerse the blanket.

Allow the chenille throw to soak in the warm soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes. This will help to expand the fibres of the throw and loosen any impregnated dirt.

Work the fabric gently with your hands in the tub. Attempt to knead the throw over the entire surface. Drain the soapy water and refill with fresh warm water. Repeat the kneading action of the fabric with your hands.

  • Work the fabric gently with your hands in the tub.

Drain the tub and refill with colder water. Knead the fabric. Drain the tub one last time.

Roll the fabric to remove any excess water. Place the wooden clothes drying rack into the tub. Drape the chenille over the wooden rack and allow the throw to air dry.

Set the water level to high when washing a chenille throw in a machine. This will allow for full water immersion during the washing cycle. Turn the exhaust fan on in the bathroom during the wooden rack drying of the chenille. This will help to create an airflow in the small room.

How to wash chenille

Whether your chenille is a vintage bedspread, newer upholstery, clothing or a handmade piece, care must be taken when washing such material. During the 1800s, chenille bedspreads were created by hand using homespun yarn and cotton, but modern chenille fabric is manufactured using cotton and a polyester, rayon or acrylic blend of yarn. Sweaters, throws, winter hats and mittens are frequently made of chenille, as is upholstery fabric. The yarn that gives the fabric it’s typical tufted texture is fragile, so chenille should only be washed by hand.

  • Whether your chenille is a vintage bedspread, newer upholstery, clothing or a handmade piece, care must be taken when washing such material.
  • During the 1800s, chenille bedspreads were created by hand using homespun yarn and cotton, but modern chenille fabric is manufactured using cotton and a polyester, rayon or acrylic blend of yarn.

Fill a sink or bathtub with enough warm water that you can submerge the chenille item. Add the soap flakes or mild detergent and stir the water by hand to distribute the soap.

Add the chenille bedspread, clothing or fabric to the water, making sure the entire piece is submerged, then swirl the fabric gently in the soapy water without overly agitating the fabric.

Allow the fabric to soak in the soapy water for about 20 minutes before draining the tub or sink.

  • Allow the fabric to soak in the soapy water for about 20 minutes before draining the tub or sink.

Refill the sink or bathtub with more warm water, then work more soap out of the fabric by hand. Drain the water out of the tub or sink.

Fill the tub or sink again with cold water and add fabric conditioner according to the manufacturer’s directions. Allow the chenille to soak in the conditioner for about 10 minutes.

Drain the water out of the sink or bathtub and refill with enough cold water to remove most of the fabric softener. Swirl the fabric around in the fresh water, then drain the tub or sink for 25 to 30 minutes before removing the chenille item.

Roll the drained chenille gently into a log shape while squeezing out excess water. Do not wring the material. Layer two large bath towels on a table or flat surface and then lay the chenille item flat on the towels to dry.

Dry chenille bedspreads in a dryer set on either the air fluff or delicate cycle.

How to wash chenille

Fill a bucket or container with warm water. Add mild detergent or soap flakes and stir it by hand to make sure the soap is dissolved.

Soak a clean white handtowel or washcloth in warm soapy water, wring it out, and gently dab any stains from the chenille upholstery without soaking the fabric.

  • Roll the drained chenille gently into a log shape while squeezing out excess water.
  • Soak a clean white handtowel or washcloth in warm soapy water, wring it out, and gently dab any stains from the chenille upholstery without soaking the fabric.

Lay a dry white towel or washcloth over the cleaned area of the upholstery and gently apply pressure by hand to absorb any excess water.

Gently brush the dry upholstery fabric with an infant’s soft-bristled hair brush to fluff the fabric’s nap. If stains remain, repeat the process.

Lightly used chenille items can be washed in cool or cold water.

WARNING

Do not dry dyed chenille in direct sunlight, as it will fade the fabric. Do not hang chenille fabric, clothing or bedspreads to dry, as it will separate the fibres.

General Question

Can I wash a chenille blanket in the washing machine?

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Yes, you can wash it. I just washed mine and it came ut looking and smelling like new!

ava ( 977 alt=”points” width=”8″ height=”8″ />) “Great Answer” ( 0 alt=”points” width=”8″ height=”8″ />)

Ava–did you dry it in the machine? thanks!

occ ( 4083 alt=”points” width=”8″ height=”8″ />) “Great Answer” ( 0 alt=”points” width=”8″ height=”8″ />)

Yup, just toss it in the washing machine! Delicate cycle.

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UPDATE I washed it and it was fine…the one thing is shedded fuzz like crazy. So if anyone else tries this I’d recommend washing it alone (I washed it with another blanket which is now covered in chenille fuzz).

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Cool, thanks for the update! I was just wondering if it was safe to wash, and your comments totally helped out!

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