Due to the nature of the velvet, it is impossible to prevent pressure marks appearing on every piece as they happen whilst packaged. These maybe noticed on unpacking the goods for the first time.
However, these quickly disappear as they are used and sat on. Cotton velvet is a delicate fabric, the pile can easily be disturbed, but with careful handling and a proper understanding of its nature, products made from velvet can be enjoyed for many years.
If the pile does become crushed, the angle of the pile alters, which may result in areas of the pile appearing lighter or darker in shade. This is often described as pressure marking, which can easily be mistaken for uneven dyeing or a manufacturing fault.
Newly made velvet products usually need time to condition to the atmosphere after unpacking. During this time the pile will relax and lift, improving the richness and the lustre of the velvet.
If any pressure marking continues to persist, a light steaming or gentle brushing in the direction of the pile will also be beneficial. Steaming can be done with a steamer or a steam iron. If using a steam iron, please use a barrier such as thin tea towel and steam through the towel to the chair.