Velour fabrics are characterised by having a short, upright pile. These days, velour is usually made of cotton, synthetic fibres or a mixture of the two. Due to its short pile, visible pressure marks may appear in the velour where the pile has been flattened as a result of transport or use. A pressure mark is not regarded as a defect in the fabric.
The flattened pile is easy to restore. Apply the method below:
- Soak and wring a piece of colour-neutral fabric in warm water. The cloth should not feel soaking wet, but damp. Leave the damp cloth on top of the velour for an hour. Reheat the cloth after half an hour, if required. The moisture softens the pile so that it can be restored. Be careful using tap water with a high calcium content (boil the water to reduce calcium content, if required) as the calcium may leave stains on the upholstery.
- Then restore the pile by brushing it gently. Sometimes, the velour may be quilted as on the chair shown. It is important to be careful not to pull out threads from the quilting with the brush.
- When the velour is dry, gently brush a larger surface. It may be necessary to repeat this process. Avoid rubbing the velour. Light brush strokes are sufficient to restore the original appearance of the fabric.
Often the use of a warm, damp cloth and a standard fabric brush is sufficient to restore ordinary everyday pressure marks. Alternatively, obtain a velour brush like the one shown.