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Although slightly less fashionable than it used to be, velvet garments, trims and accessories are becoming more popular again. It's also a luxurious material to use for curtains and furnishing to add a classic look to any room.
Velvet can be made from cotton (normally for curtains etc.), silk (for fine evening wear), nylon, rayon and acetate, or a even mixture of these fibres. You should always find out the composition of the material as some are far more delicate and likely to damage than others.
The problem with treating velvet for stains is crushing the pile, which can completely ruin the look of the fabric and consequently the garment. Acetate and silk velvets are the most delicate and should always be dry cleaned. Red velvet made of silk will often freely run it's colour if you add any water to it.
Any "Tamping" to remove stains should be exceptionally light to reduce the mechanical action and you should always treat in the direction of the pile, which will only run in one direction. This also means that when you need to flush through with water you should do so from the reverse side, using a spray from behind the stained area so the pile is lifted by the water as it pushes through the fabric. Use absorbent cloths on the right side to catch the water and any of the dirt you're trying to remove.
Most velvets are dry clean only and can be easily crushed if washed so for complete garment cleaning our suggestion is to professionally dry clean.
If you have to finish a velvet item then use steam while the garment or fabric is hanging. Directing the steam from a kettle is often best but don't brush or touch the fabric while it's wet or hot from the steam or you could crush the pile and always finish in the direction the pile runs. Use a wide soft brush when the fabric is cool but never let the pile come into contact with any solid objects until it is completely dry.
Draylon suites, settees and covers are often more resilient than garment velvet and don't crush so readily. To clean these you can use a wet and dry vacuum and full instructions can be found in the cleaning and stain removal sections.
With all types of suite there is often a grimy patch at the level where heads rub on the fabric. This is normally just head and neck grease, which you can remove fairly easily by spraying the area with a mixture of water and ammonia (about a 20% mix), lightly brushing it in and then using the wet and dry vacuum hand tool to clean in the normal way.
Simple and Safe + Effective
Net-Trol Wood Cleaner and Colour Restorer is a safe one-part that restores the natural colour and beauty of wood.
Unlike bleach or chlorine based cleaners it will not damage the wood fibres. Instead it naturally cleans the wood to remove the grey weather beaten look caused by exposure to the sun and rain.
Being natural Net-Trol is safe to use, requiring no specialist equipment or protective clothing and will not harm surrounding plants or shrubs.
A concentrated formula, Net-Trol offers exceptioonal value for money, as it may be used neat or diluted in ratios up to 1:4 with clean fresh water.
Net-Trol is ideal for decking, exterior furniture (including plastic), stone, concrete and GRP. Net-Trol will even remove rust stains.
Net-Trol is ideal for restoring the colour to faded & weathered garden furniture. Suitable to teak and other hardwoods, it restores the rich natural colour and prepares the wood for a penetrating wood finish.
Clean Your Iron While Still Hot
Clean any hot iron simply, with the Ez-Off and a lint free cloth
We're often asked by visitors to the site to find certain products used by professionals and to supply them through DrClean. Perhaps the most requested is anything that might clean an iron easily - and now we've found the perfect answer. Ez-Off is made in the USA and is designed for professionals to clean their commercial irons.
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Prepares Any Surface For Paint
Paint on absolutely anything with ESP. Glass - Tiles - Kitchen Units - Absolutely Any Solid Surface
Water-Based ESP (Easy Surface Prep) is a special blend that preparesd and primes the surface in one. It gets high gloss surfaces ready or painting quickly and easily - negating the need for the dusty and dirty job of sanding.
ESP provides a 'micro priming' bonding film that paint really stick to. Just 2 hours after applying ESP you can be painting over it with any water or oil based paint, assured in the knowledge it won't peel.
Easy on the hands and odourless, Owatrol ESP is the easy, quick and effective way to prepare any non-porous surface whether inside or out and being odourless makes it ideal in confined areas. Just clean the surface, apply ESP, wait 2 hours then paint.
Can be applied direct to ceramic and glass surfaces as well as baked enamels, laquers, plastics and many more surfaces.