How to Clean Velvet Furniture: Velvet Couch & Chair Care

pink velvet tufted sofa with mint green chairs

How to Clean Velvet Furniture

Materials:

  • Vacuum
  • Absorbent cloth
  • Soap and water or an upholstery cleaner
  • Soft brush

1. Vacuum the fabric

In terms of regular maintenance, all you need to do to the item itself is give it a good dusting. “We recommend regular vacuuming,” says White. “A soft brush can also loosen surface dirt and brush it away.”

2. Tackle spills right away

If someone does happen to spill their cocktail on your couch, White suggests blotting the area immediately with a clean, dry absorbent cloth.

3. Test cleaning products

If a dried stain is staring you in the face and you just can’t help but do something about it, test any cleaning products (even basic soap and water) on a hidden spot to ensure it doesn’t ruin the fabric. Mix soap and water to create a sudsy solution. Use a soft cloth to blot the stain with the suds. Let the fabric dry completely.

4. Brush the fabric

“Once the velvet is dry, use a soft, dry brush in the direction of the pile to restore its direction and loft,” says White.

5. Turn to a professional

“It’s best to professionally clean the entire piece to ensure the color remains uniform,” she explains. “To ensure your velvet furniture remains in optimal condition, you should have it professionally cleaned with pure, water-free solvents.” Next up? Sit back, relax, and enjoy your good-as-new upholstery.

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