You’ll want to give your velvet bed linen the room it needs to get cleaned so wash them separately, inside out and on a gentle cycle without any other items. Take extra care to make sure you never wash them with any lint-producing fabrics (e.g. towels.) Always keep the washing temperature cool and use a mild detergent. Please don’t bleach, rub or soak and never wring Stevie. If you have hand washed your sheets and need to remove any excess water, it’s best to wrap Stevie up in a clean towel and roll it to remove this without applying any unnecessary pressure.
Line drying in the shade is Stevie’s preferred method. To dry, ensure the fabric is laid flat, preferably without pegs (if possible,) with the velvet side placed front side up and the reserve fabric facing down. Laying Stevie this way will help avoid the flattening of the velvet pile. If you can wait for a cool, cloudy day, hang your sheets inside to dry. Direct sunlight will cause the colour to fade (especially in darker colours.)
While we do not recommend tumble drying yout velvet (this will cause it to shrink and ruin the fabrics luxe texture,) if you’re living in a smaller space, you can pop your sheets in the dryer on an air setting to speed things up.
While we think Stevie looks great with that relaxed, lived-in look, you can iron and steam your velvet. Technically, you should never iron the velvet pile directly however, if ironing is desired, we recommend a cool iron on the reverse side (this will help remove any unwanted wrinkles.) Alternatively, to steam, use a clothes steamer and hold the nozzle approx. 20 - 30 cm away from the fabric. Make sure you keep it moving to prevent any damage to the fibres. Then, use your hand to brush the fibres back into position. Always allow the fabric time to dry completely before ironing or steaming!
Before storing your velvet, it’s best to wash it and make sure everything is 100% dry. Also, give your sheets plenty of room to breathe (and avoid storing your bedding in plastic - where things can grow musty.) Be mindful not to stack Stevie under other items either - the pressure can crush and flatten the fabric.