We have created the following care guide to help you keep your Victoria & Rebecca fabric looking its best. Please take time to carefully consider our recommendations before making your purchase.
Our fabrics are woven using natural materials (linen, cotton etc) and as such they may be affected by temperature and humidity fluctuations in their environment and cleaning.
Curtains and blinds should not be positioned too close to windows or heat sources in order to minimise the effects of condensation and/or excessive heat or dryness that could lead to discolouration/staining and/or shrinkage.
South facing windows, underfloor heating and environments with fluctuating humidity such as kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms produce conditions that are more likely to cause changes in the size of the fabric. Shrinkage/extension will be more noticeable on long curtains.
With the exception of our velvet fabrics we recommend carefully steam pressing our fabric on the reverse side to the print before measuring and cutting to minimise subsequent potential for shrinkage.
An allowance of at least 5% should be added to the required length of curtain fabric and the hem should be tacked in a way that enables adjustment if necessary once the curtains have adjusted to their environment and/or have been dry cleaned.
Stitching of the seams and attached linings should be done in a way that allows for differential movement between the fabric and the lining fabrics (pre-shrunk lining fabrics or steam pressing prior to measuring and cutting is also advisable where appropriate).
Uneven rolling of the fabric during manufacture may temporarily skew the weave or print but this can generally be corrected by gentle easing of the fabric before cutting.
Printed and dyed fabrics can be affected by light, which may cause fading and wear. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight can accelerate this process.
Our fabrics should be kept out of direct sunlight to minimise fading.
When making curtains and blinds with our fabric use a lining fabric with built in UV protection.
Curtains and blinds should be drawn back from windows/open during daylight hours. South facing windows and bright areas will result in higher levels of UV exposure so particular care should be taken to avoid sunlight on the fabric in these circumstances.
In order to keep your fabrics looking their best we advise that they should always be treated with care.
As with many fabrics cleaning may result in a small amount of shrinkage and/or fading.
We recommend that our fabrics should be professionally dry cleaned, with all curtains and covers being cleaned by a specialist. We would suggest using Green Earth Cleaning as a more sustainable and gentler option.
With the exception of our velvet cushions (see Velvet Care section below), gentle sponge cleaning with cold or warm water is primarily suggested as the best way to care for your cushion covers. Take care to dab the stain rather than rub the fabric. Alternatively professionally dry clean or if machine washing is necessary use a mild detergent with a delicate cycle on a low temperature and do not tumble dry. Iron on the reverse side to the print using a warm iron.
Our cushions contain duck feather filling which will flatten with use, regular plumping will restore their fullness. Airing of the cushion pads is recommended and when required they should be professionally dry cleaned.
The appearance and texture of our cotton velvet will change depending on lighting, usage and its environment. The delicate weave of velvet requires considered and regular care to help maintain its appearance.
Rolls of velvet should always be stored in a horizontal position and should ideally be suspended to avoid permanent creasing. Always re-roll velvet with the pile on the inside.
Velvet should be professionally dry cleaned by a dry cleaner with suitable experience in cleaning velvet.
We recommend that our velvet cushions are vacuumed or gently brushed on a regular basis (using a suitable attachment/soft brush) to maintain their texture and appearance. When brushing take care to follow the direction of the pile.
Water and liquids can easily stain velvet. If a small spillage occurs dab gently with a dry cloth - avoid rubbing and apply minimal pressure. Follow by drying carefully with a hairdryer on low heat and finish by gently brushing the pile with a soft brush. Large stains and spillages are best dealt with by dry cleaning.
Pressure marks and light creasing can be removed using a soft brush or light steaming on the reverse of the fabric.