With their intricate patterns and bold colors, tapestries add warmth and beauty to any room in your home. Many tapestry owners hang theirs on a wall for display, while others drape their tapestry over a bed or lay it flat on the floor. If you hang your tapestry on the wall, it usually will not get dirty enough to need a deep cleaning. Unless your tapestry gets soiled, an occasional dusting with your vacuum cleaner is enough to keep the item looking fresh.
1 Remove the tapestry from the wall, if necessary.
2 Lay the tapestry on a flat surface, such as on a clean floor or a table.
3 Connect an upholstery attachment to your vacuum cleaner. This attachment has stiff bristles and an oval- or rectangular-shaped head.
4 Turn on the vacuum cleaner. Run the upholstery attachment down the length of the tapestry, working from the top to the bottom. Vacuum the top side of the tapestry; this is where dust collects when it hangs on the wall.
5 Flip the tapestry over and vacuum the back, if desired. The tapestry's backside is usually not as dirty as the front.
6 Take your tapestry to a dry cleaner if it still looks dirty after vacuuming. You should not dry clean certain types of tapestries, such as hand-woven ones, Italian and French reproduction tapestries or those made of 100 percent wool. If you have a tapestry such as this, contact a rug cleaner who specializes in high-end carpets or antique textiles.
Items you will need
- Vacuum cleaner
- Upholstery attachment
- Clean your tapestry before placing it in storage.
- If your tapestry has developed a crease, lay it on an ironing board or flat surface and place a soft cloth over the crease. Iron the tapestry through the fabric to remove the crease. Avoid using the steam setting on your iron if the tapestry is old.
- Do not wash your tapestry in the washing machine. Doing so may damage the delicate fabric.
- Some tapestries have tassels, beads or other embellishments around their border. If yours does, use caution when vacuuming to avoid sucking up and damaging these items.
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