Chenille Upholstery Fabric – A Consumer Favourite For More Than A Hundred Years

chenille-upholsteryConsumers appreciate chenille upholstery fabric as it has a luxurious look and feel. Beginning in the early 1800s chenille was only available directly from farms, and later, more indirectly, from factories; both with good results. A yarn core wrapped within many threads of fabric is responsible for the superior softness of chenille fabrics.

Chenille is French for caterpillar. This, is the reason why manufacturers named this particular type of fabric chenille; because of the look of the many short, plush tufts of yarn. Chenille fabric resembles the tight, soft fur of a caterpillar. Chenille bedspreads were extremely popular during the 1920s and the 1930s. Every home in the United States has had a chenille bedspread in it at one time or another. In the 1970s chenille became very popular as apparel; however, it was not until the 1990s that the CIMA was formed to help set the standards for producing chenille. The Chenille International Manufacturers Association had a mission to improve and develop a better manufacturing process. Even today, the fashion industry still develops beautiful chenille patterns with more complicated designs every year for use in both the home, and as apparel.

Furniture that is covered with chenille upholstery is warm and comfy. Chenille is a long-lasting fabric that has the knack of concealing stains; this makes chenille a good fabric choice for families with small children. Children love the soft feel and parents love the easy clean-up. Clean chenille fabric with a soft cotton cloth; blot gently but quickly. After removing as much of the spill as possible, clean fabric with a mild cleanser and once again blot until dry with a cotton cloth. Rubbing the stain is not recommended; however, brushing the fabric once it is dry will allow the nap to return it its original lustre. In most cases, chenille fabric should be either dry cleaned or spot cleaned.

chenille sofaBesides furniture, draperies are often made from chenille fabrics. These fabrics compliment many home designs while also effectively blocking out light, heat and cold. Cotton is frequently used in the creation of chenille, but polyester and olefin may also be utilized. Chenille has the look of opulence and consumers, who desire furnishings that reflect a certain lifestyle, appreciate chenille fabrics in their homes. Chenille stripes, bold, geometric patterns, snakeskin designs, plaids, floral and even a chenille herringbone pattern that will enhance any décor can be found on the World Wide Web.

Chenille upholstery fabric can be purchased by the metre quite cheaply online from the likes of Ebay or Amazon. There are also websites which are dedicated to selling upholstery fabric you visit as well such as Selby Soft Furnishings.

For those individuals who, like to do-it-yourself there could be nothing better than shopping on the internet to help save valuable time and money Patterns and designs have come a long way since the last century with manufacturers bringing many new, unique and varied patterns to consumers. Everyday items will have a fresh, new appearance with the addition of Chenille fabric. scatter cushion covers, rugs, bedspreads and curtains can all have a lush and luxurious appearance when created with chenille.

cushion-selbyPrices are moderate with numerous chenille upholstery fabrics selling for under £15 a metre. Luxury chenille is sold at a higher fee and in some instances may be sold for upwards of £25 to £50 a metre. Luxury chenille has an extra soft feel with an extra deep plush pile; this makes the fabric even more desirable. Home owners realise that when covering a treasured antique or a much-loved sofa, the price is not as important as having a polished and refined look to their treasured items; this is what luxury chenille delivers.

Chenille upholstery material is long-wearing, comfortable, and is very beautiful when placed on many household items including furniture, scatter cushions, curtains and even rugs. Consumers love the way chenille looks and the way it feels. A house is not a home until a little attention is given to the furnishings within. Chenille has the ability to transform your house into a cosy and comfortable home.


Upholstery Cleaning – Dry Cleaning & Shampooing

upholstery-cleaning-chenilleIf you have bought furniture upholstered in fabric, you’ll know how important it is to take care of it to ensure it so stays looking its best. You may do regular vacuuming for removing surface dirt and dust, but what if someone accidentally spilt wine, sauce, or any other substance that can leave stains on your upholstery fabric?

Some upholstery fabric and weaves can react badly to certain cleaning substances and liquids. It’s important to not do anything rash that will harm the fabric.

Removing severe stains can be difficult, and it’s not uncommon that more damage is inflicted to the fabric in an attempt to remove the stain. Severe stains are often best left to cleaning professionals. It may not work out as cheaply as a DIY solution, but it’s far less risky and less likely to result in damage to the upholstery material.
If however you want to attempt this yourself, be aware that there are often cleaning codes found on the furniture. These are provided by the fabric manufacturer which cleaning method or methods are suitable to the fabric.

Below are the codes you are likely to find.

S – Can be cleaned with water free solvent.

W –Can be cleaned with water-based solvent.

W/S – Can be cleaned with either type of solvent.

X – Can be cleaned with light brushing or vacuum only.

Dry Cleaning (S – Water Free Solvent)

For liquid sensitive fabric, it is always better to do dry cleaning as water-sensitive fabric always has the risk of shrinkage. As with any cleaning method, it’s always best to do a spot check in an inconspicuous area to ensure the product will not damage the fabric. Research the process used thoroughly and research which product you should use.

Shampooing (W – Water-based solvent)

Shampooing is another method of cleaning upholstery fabric but again it’s vital to check the fabric doesn’t react to the cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area first. As with dry cleaning, it’s essential to research the process and products used thoroughly. You do not want to be doing more harm than good!

Either Method (W/S)

Some fabrics can be cleaned with type of solvents, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, test the product in an inconspicuous area first!

Neither Method (X)

Unfortunately with these fabrics, your only cleaning options are light brushing and vacuuming. Avoid fabrics with this code if you have pets or children.


Depending on the severity of the stain, it’s often best to let professionals clean the fabric, however it isn’t impossible to do yourself if you have the right knowledge and products. chenille-cord-suite