Protecting Your Home Textiles

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The textiles we have in our homes tell a story. There’s the blanket we rely on when we need to curl up and feel safe; the faded patch of fabric on the sofa from an overly-vigorous cleaning session; the rug that never fails to bring a smile to your face. These textiles are an integral part of our homes— so it’s only natural that we want to ensure they remain in the best condition possible.

Unfortunately, keeping your home textiles in good condition is like fighting a battle you are destined to lose. Textiles degrade; it’s inevitable… but that doesn’t mean you can’t take measures to ensure they last as long as possible in the meantime. 

Gentle washing

For home textiles that can be washed — detachable sofa cushions, rugs, blankets, and so on — the key is to be as gentle as possible. That means only using wash programs that are:

  • As low a temperature as possible to clean thoroughly.

  • As short a time as possible.

  • Low in terms of the amount of detergent you use. As explain, when it comes to detergent, less is definitely more, so use a light hand when washing your home textiles.

You should also avoid tumble-drying wherever possible, as this can weaken the structures of your fabrics before their time.

Trim loose threads

If you notice loose threads on any of your home textiles, trim the thread as quickly as possible to prevent further fraying. Fraying tends to be progressive, so stopping it as soon as possible is vital. If you can’t trim the thread as it is integral to the overall fabric in question, a dab of clear nail varnish can help stop the fraying from spreading.

Block the UV rays

We all love sunlight, but there’s no doubt it has its downsides— most particularly, its UV rays. We all know how bad UV can be for our skin, but UV can have unfortunate impacts on for our home textiles too: yellowing and bleaching.

When your home textiles have been yellowed or bleached by UV exposure, there’s little you can do to restore them back to what they once were. This is definitely a scenario where prevention is far better than cure, so head to the likes of for UV-blocking window coverings that can help ensure that the colours of your house’s textiles are able to remain as vibrant as they were the day you bought them.

Protect difficult textiles

Some textiles in your home are more difficult to preserve than others; most specifically, textiles that are affixed to furniture. As you can’t run these fabrics through a wash cycle, it’s best to protect them with throws and pillows. You don’t have to go as far as leaving the factory plastic-wrap in place, but a few extra protecting pieces should help avoid irreparable damage from tearing, fading, or staining.