How to Clean Jacquard Fabric

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Things You'll Need

  • Soft horsehair upholstery brush

  • Dry foam

  • Mild solvent

  • Portable vacuum

  • Clean cloth or handkerchief

Tip

When using a fabric cleaner, always test an inconspicuous area of the jacquard fabric, such as the bottom corner of a cushion or dress, for colorfastness.

Dry foam or dry solvent upholstery cleansers can be used for spot cleaning. These cleansers help prevent color bleeding, which may occur if jacquard fabric is overly saturated during cleaning.

If more extensive cleaning is required, take your garment pieces to a professional dry cleaner or have professional upholstery cleaners treat household fabrics.

Jacquard fabric is made from a variety of fibers such as silk, cotton or wool to create versatile woven patterns including brocade, damask and tapestry. These intricate textiles require careful cleaning methods to maintain the quality of everyday pieces such as delicate garments. The raised yarn of jacquard easily can be damaged by shrinking, color bleeding or distortion if you use aggressive cleaning or harsh cleansers. Preconditioning and using less-abrasive methods of cleaning help keep jacquard fabric intact.

Step 1

Remove any accumulated dirt or soil from jacquard pieces. Dust the surface lightly with a soft horsehair brush. Use a portable vacuum on a low-suction setting to remove any debris from upholstery. Light brushing is best for jacquard garments.

Step 2

Precondition the fabric with dry foam or a thin layer of upholstery preconditioner before spot cleaning or stain removal.

Step 3

Use a mild solvent to spot clean any stains. Lightly rub the stain with 1/2 a teaspoon of mild detergent and a damp cloth until the spot is clean on household fabric. Use a padded silk brush or wrap a handkerchief around a bristle brush when spot cleaning clothing. Allow the area to dry completely after cleaning.

Step 4

Upkeep the maintenance of jacquard pieces with regular light brushing of the fabric to prevent future staining.

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Candace M. Sheppard

Candace M. Sheppard is a multimedia journalist living in New York City. She has produced original video pieces for CUNY TV and worked as an assistant editor for home fashions trade magazine, LDB Interior Textiles. She is currently co-producing a docu-series about a hip-hop dance subculture in New York City.