care and cleaning

care and cleaning

Care & Cleaning

Depending on the strength of the claim, smaller nodules, textile fibres and dirt can form on the surface of the felt over time. These textile deposits on the surface of the felt are called pilling. Pilling is a natural phenomenon that affects almost every type of textile. Fibres of the felt interlock with other fibres of e.g. jeans, which leads to knotting due to friction when sitting. The earlier you stop the knot formation, the less work is needed to restore the felt to its original state.

With regular care, the felt will look perfect even after years and will give pleasure for a long time.

 

1. remove slight impurities with the lint roller or adhesive tape


Regularly run a lint roller over the felt to remove lint, dust and first nodules. Still loose fibres stick to the roll. If you don't have a lint roller at hand, you can also use standard adhesive tape. Simply take a piece of about 15cm, stick it on the felt and pull it off again. This is also suitable for other textiles such as clothing for removing cat hair etc.

 

2. shave off firm pilling

For heavier contamination and advanced pilling, we recommend the use of a simple disposable razor or, if available, an electric wool lint razor. We prefer the disposable razor as it is usually available in every household and gives excellent results. 

It is best to use a new razor with a fresh blade, without soap strips. Place the felt on a flat surface and shave with moderate pressure over the affected areas. As with a proper shave, excess fibres are removed and the surface is shaved smooth. It is amazingly easy. Even with strong pilling, the felt can be restored almost to its original state.  

If you are not afraid of investing in a lint razor, you will find devices in stores from about 15 to 20 Euros. We recommend a cabled device, as the battery-powered ones lose power too quickly.  We have had good experience with the Camri Cr-9606 as well as Solac and Singer lint razors. 

 

3. wash in the washing machine 

Sometimes it may be necessary to wash the felt.  Either because natural dirt has formed on the surface over time or because something has accidentally been spilt, leaving unsightly stains in the felt. Unlike wool felt, our felt can be washed in the washing machine without any problems. Make sure that you use a wool or delicate wash cycle with a maximum of 800 revolutions and a maximum of 40 degrees. 

If available, use a washing bag and avoid washing the felt together with other textiles.  Spin-drying may press the felt against the drum, which may increase pilling.  

Important: The felt is not suitable for drying!

 

4. iron out folds and creases 

If the felt has got creases or unsightly folds from packing (large bench rests and wall cushions) or from washing, these can easily be ironed out with a wet damp cloth and an iron. 

Please note the following:  Set the iron to the highest setting and always use a wet damp cloth between the iron and the felt! 

Moisten a standard tea towel with water and wring it out slightly so that it is noticeably damp.  The moister the cloth, the easier it is to remove creases from the felt.  It may be necessary to moisten the cloth several times and iron it over the felt again until a crease can be ironed out completely. 

 

If you are unsure or have further questions about care and cleaning, you can also contact us by email 

kontakt@feltd.de (with td.!)