The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Bouclé Fabric Furniture

The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Bouclé Fabric Furniture

Congratulation, you have purchased a (master)piece of furniture that is made out of boucle fabric. You'll love it, I promise.

Now, let's get into a not so fun part: how to care for and clean your new bed! (In case you decide to have a plate of pasta bolognese in bed one day) *wink

Understanding Bouclé Fabric

Bouclé fabric, with its characteristic looped texture and cozy appeal, has become a beloved choice in modern interior design. Whether you have a bouclé sofa, chair, or ottoman, this luxurious fabric requires specific care to maintain its charm and durability. 

Bouclé, derived from the French word for “curled” or “looped,” is a textile characterized by its looped or knotted surface. This texture adds a unique tactile element to any piece of furniture, making it both stylish and comfortable. However, its distinctive weave also means it can be more susceptible to wear and tear if not properly maintained.

Regular Maintenance Tips

  1. Vacuum Frequently: Use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to remove dust and dirt. Regular vacuuming prevents debris from becoming embedded in the loops, which can cause the fabric to look worn over time.

  2. Brush Gently: A soft-bristled brush can help keep the loops in place and prevent them from matting. Brush in one direction to maintain the fabric’s texture.

  3. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade the fabric and weaken the fibers. Position your bouclé furniture away from windows or use curtains and blinds to protect it from UV rays.

Tip: a steam cleaner with an upholstery attachment can be effective. Be sure to use the lowest setting and avoid saturating the fabric. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for both the steam cleaner and the furniture.

Spot Cleaning

Accidents happen, and when they do, it’s essential to address spills and stains promptly to prevent them from setting.

  1. Blot, Don’t Rub: If you spill something on your bouclé fabric, immediately blot the area with a clean, dry cloth. Avoid rubbing, as this can push the stain deeper into the fabric and damage the loops.

  2. Mild Detergent Solution: For most stains, a solution of mild detergent and water can be effective. Mix a small amount of detergent with water, dip a clean cloth into the solution, and gently dab the stain. Follow up by blotting with a damp cloth to remove any soap residue, and then blot dry with a dry cloth.

Tip: Always test any cleaning product on an inconspicuous area of the fabric first to ensure it doesn’t cause discoloration or damage.

Preventive Measures

  1. Pet Hair Management: If you have pets, consider using a pet hair remover or lint roller regularly to keep fur from accumulating on your bouclé fabric.

  2. Keep Sharp Objects Away: Bouclé’s looped texture can easily snag, so be mindful of sharp objects like jewelry or pet claws that could catch on the fabric.

Overall, bouclé fabric furniture is an investment in both comfort and style. With the right care and maintenance, you can enjoy its unique beauty for years to come. Regular cleaning, prompt attention to spills, and preventive measures will help keep your bouclé furniture looking its best, ensuring it remains a cozy and chic focal point in your home.

Until next time, 

By Anh Ly
Designer of Mim Concept

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