Glazed chintz and polished cotton are woven cotton cloths with a smooth, shiny finish on one side; the phrase “chintz” is generally reserved for polished cottons that are published with intricate floral designs. The shiny finish comes from a glaze or resin that’s placed on the fabric through processing. The treated fabric is then pressed between metal rollers to place the glaze and produce the glow. This finish is often not waterproof and can wash away when cleaning the fabric. To properly wash chintz and polished cotton, then you will need to use as little water as possible and recognize that some of these fabrics must be dry cleaned.
Chintz Curtains and Garments
Chintz and polished cotton are sometimes manufactured in women’s clothes like blouses and nightwear. Follow the product label for care; if it says “machine washable,” use warm water and tumble dry on a low setting. Eliminate the dryer while still damp and press from the incorrect side with a medium iron. Chintz curtains, pillow covers and other flat materials utilized in decor should be dry-cleaned. Some cloths may be freshened by spreading them out on a flat surface and gently wiping the fabric with a barely-damp cloth or wax. Wipe again with a dry cloth. This removes dust and surface dirt, but you must always test this method on a hidden area of the fabric before proceeding with the whole piece.
Chintz upholstery cloths do not take well to water-based cleaning. Use your vacuum cleaner with upholstery or brush attachment to remove surface dust and dirt. If place removal is required, use a waterless place remover and test it first in a hidden region of the furniture piece. When thorough cleaning is required, call in a professional upholstery cleaning services.