How to care for your macrame wall hanging
When you have found the perfect wall space, hang you new art work on a sturdy hook as soon as it arrives, it may be kinked and flat from being wrapped up so it will need some love. You may need to adjust the pattern slightly as some of the layers may have shifted. Comb through the tassels/feathers with a comb until they are straight. Then gently brush through the fringes with your fingers. Now you are ready to adore and admire your macrame artwork for years to come!
DO - If your wall hanging starts to look a little dirty and dusty, take it outside by holding it by the branch or dowel and shake it gently from side to side. This will dislodge any dust particles and also help move all the tassels and fringes back into place. If you find there is still dust stuck on it, you can use a lint roller or the back of some tape to clean up any stubborn bits.
The disinfecting properties of sunlight can help to remove any musty smells that may affect older pieces. Make sure it is not likely to rain or become too windy, keep a close eye on your piece throughout the day. I wouldn't advise leaving it out for longer than a few hours.
Humidity can also cause the tassels to twist back to its original state. All you need to do is gently brush them out with a comb and they will straighten out again. A light spray of hairspray will also help keep them in place.
DON'T - Use a vacuum or any electrical equipment to clean your piece. This can damage and dislodge the patterns. If you accidently get some staining on your piece, I would advise against submerging it in any liquid. Some of the materials used may shrink and cause the pattern to become distorted. Spot clean with some luke warm water or diluted white vinegar to help remove any spots.
Keep your hanging away from moisture and cooking fumes. Moisture can cause it to become smelly and can encourage mould growth, which can permanently damage your piece.
Regularly checking your piece for signs of dust, bugs, mould and stains will help prevent any little problems turning into art destroying nightmares. So you can enjoy your beauty for many years to come.