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How To Clean Needlepoint
Unfortunately, sometimes we need to know how to clean needlepoint. We can give you some advice but ultimately it is far better not to get it dirty in the first place. (Not very helpful, we know.) One way to do this is to spray your finished design with a fabric protector. This is a colorless spray that will protect the needlepoint from soiling.
How To Clean Needlepoint - Lightly Soiled Areas
If your needlepoint canvas looks just a little grubby try vacuuming it first. Place a light cloth over the end of the vacuum tube so you don't transfer the dirt that is there to the needlepoint. Vacuum it very lightly, holding the nozzle slightly away from the needlepoint so it doesn't get sucked into the tube.
If there is only a small area of dirt on your needlepoint canvas then try to "spot" clean it. Do not rub. Dab the soiled area with the detergent solution firmly using a clean terry cloth. You are trying to lift the dirt. When you think you have lifted all the dirt you can, get some clean water and repeat the process.
If your needlepoint is very dirty then you are better off handwashing the whole piece. Once you have gently washed it in the detergent solution place the needlepoint between two dry towels and roll it up (do not twist the needlepoint, you are just aiming to get the towels to soak up the moisture). You will then need to block the piece before it dries. Instructions for blocking needlepoint are here.
How To Clean Needlepoint - StainsIf your needlepoint canvas has a stain on it, and handwashing has not removed it, then you may need to bring in the professionals!
This probably calls for dry cleaning. Contact cleaners in your area, especially those advertising cleaning of furnishings, and ask them if they have experience with this type of fiber. Ask the cleaner to use new cleaning fluid and to not steam press the piece (or only do so lightly) as this may damage the fibers.
If you have an heirloom piece, or an especially precious item of needlework or tapestry, you may want to look for a place that does needlework restoration. For example, the Textile Conservation Workshop.
How To Clean Needlepoint - Mildew and Musty SmellsThis often happens if you have had a piece in storage for awhile and you live in a damp climate. Try handwashing the piece in a mild vinegar and water solution. Rinse and block and dry as described above. You could also try baking soda and water.
If you have any other good ideas or pieces of advice about how to clean needlepoint we would love to hear from you. Contact us about how to clean needlepoint.