Friday, October 30, 2015

How to Clean Your Tapestry (part 1 of 2)

Tapestries are decorative pieces of artwork just like paintings. If you don’t want it to be damaged, it is best you learn how to properly take care and clean it.

The first thing you have to know is how to properly display it. Since most tapestries are hung, look for the sleeve or rod pocket located at the back. It is there so that a dowel or rod will be able to go in and then you can put this securely over the brackets.

If this was delivered to you by parcel, it may have some creases. To fix it, get your iron and use it gently over the affected area.

When it comes to cleaning tapestries, the good news is that it does not require a lot of maintenance. You just have to vacuum it once or twice a year both in the front and back. Never wash your tapestry as this could ruin the fabric. This can be dry cleaned but make sure this is done by a company that specializes in dry cleaning this item.

There are times that your tapestry may bend, curl or look like wave and this is usually caused by a change in the weather. One way to fix it is to put weights at the bottom corners. This should be placed evenly so you don’t apply too much stress to just one section of your tapestry.  

Another option will be to get a wooden rod or dowel and also put this on the bottom corner of the tapestry. To do that, you have to create your own sleeve in the bottom and then insert a rod that must be a little shorter than the tapestry that should do the trick. 

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