AmeriClean Cleaning Specialists recently had the opportunity to restore a semi-antique mohair loveseat that was believed to be 50-60 years old. The loveseat was in desperate disrepair and had pre-existing moth damage from being stored unprotected in a barn. In this blog post, we will define what mohair is, how to clean mohair furniture, what moths are, why they eat natural protein fibers, and how AmeriClean can treat the textile to prevent moth damage in the future.
What is Mohair?
Firstly, mohair is a fabric made from the hair of the Angora goat. It is known for its softness, luster, and durability. Mohair is often used in high-end furniture, as it is a luxurious and elegant material.
How to Clean Mohair
Cleaning mohair furniture requires special care, as it is a delicate material. First, it is important to remove any loose dirt and dust using a soft-bristled brush or vacuum. Next, a gentle cleaner specifically designed for mohair should be used. It is important to test the cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to the entire piece. After cleaning, the furniture should be left to air dry.
What are Moths?
Moths are small, flying insects that are known to cause damage to natural protein fibers, such as wool, silk, and mohair. Moths are attracted to these fibers because they contain keratin, a protein that is found in animal hair and skin. Moths will lay their eggs on these fibers, and the larvae will feed on the keratin as they develop into adult moths.
How to Prevent Moths from Damaging Furniture & Rugs
To prevent moth damage, it is important to store natural fiber textiles in a clean, dry place. Regular cleaning and vacuuming can also help to prevent infestations. At AmeriClean, we offer a moth treatment that can be applied to natural fiber textiles to prevent moth damage in the future. This treatment has a lifespan of about 10 years, but it is water soluble, so it will come off when the furniture is cleaned. Additionally, this treatment can also be added to natural wool and silk area rugs.
In conclusion, if you have any natural fiber textiles that are in need of cleaning or restoration, AmeriClean Cleaning Specialists is here to help. We offer professional services for delicate fabrics, including our moth treatment to prevent future damage. You can contact us today at 301-739-4640 or visit our website at GoAmeriClean.com to learn more and schedule an appointment. Trust us to restore your treasured textiles to their original beauty!