How to Clean Macrame Decor

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Macrame decor has been the craze for quite some time now. It is delicate, elegant, and adds a rustic touch to wherever it is decorating. It is the perfect material for creating beautiful things. These include complicated wall tapestries, dream catchers, and table runners. Most of these are handmade, adding a more personal touch to the material on hand. Along with such characteristics comes a need for the macrame to be given a little bit more TLC than the usual decorations that can be found around the house.

What is Macrame?

According to The Spruce Crafts, macrame is simply a type of weaving that does not use materials other than the cloth or material weaved. The most common material turned into macrame is wool or cotton, which is also the most popular on the internet. They utilize knots to create intricate and beautiful designs that can then transform into various purposes, such as those mentioned above.

They can be dyed or undyed. Most macrame nowadays is left to be on its natural state rather than being colored. This way, it can fit in on virtually any environment it will be placed.

How do I Clean Macrame?

Because of the design’s delicacy, most macrame designs cannot be subjected to the washing machine. It may cause the macrame decoration’s fibres to fray even more or worse and be ripped apart. Usually, macrame decor is hung on walls and, as expected, will inevitably accumulate dust over time. Sometimes (primarily with natural fabrics), discoloration might happen as different elements come into contact.

To clean, first, remove the excess dust clinging to the macrame. Ensure that you are in an open area, such as your backyard, before dusting the decor using a feather duster. When you are satisfied with the amount of dirt that came off, you can now clean it chemically.

Carefully wash it with warm water mixed with a mild detergent or baking soda. For those that have discoloured, it is good to spot clean first. It will be useful to agitate it to loosen the still-embedded dirt, but not too much. Do not wring out the water, instead, run your fingers as if you are finger-combing the macrame. If you feel like there has been some water buildup on a knot, loosen it a bit to drip off or evaporate.

Air-drying is the safest way to dry the macrame. This is because of the heat when sun-drying can potentially make the fibres shrink. Just remember not to air-dry it in an area without proper air circulation, since this will lead to mould formation, especially on the knots’ nooks and crannies.

How Can I Care for My Macrame?

Macrame decor is mainly for indoor settings. It protects the fabrics from getting worn out quickly by the elements and pests and bugs that might bother it. The latter is especially true when natural materials are used in the making of the macrame fibres.

Washing can be done every once in a while (at least every three months if your time permits). However, you must do a routine dusting at least once a month on the macrame to maintain its quality.

If you are unsure, it would be best to contact the maker of your macrame piece. No one knows that unique piece of art the way they do, and it will also make it last longer.

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