Whether you find velvet tacky or classic, you’ve probably noticed that the plush material has enjoyed a period of popularity in recent years, adding softness to furniture and fabrics.. But what happens when it’s time to clean up stains or spills, or tidy up the sofa? This is the best way to clean velvet.
How to clean velvet
Here’s how to keep velvet upholstery and fabric clean and spot-free.free:
vacuum the velvet
One of the downsides to velvet is that it tends to attract dust, dirt, and crumbs, which often accumulate along the seams and between the cushions of chairs or sofas. For this reason, you may notice that your velvet furniture gets dirty (or at least looks) faster than other types of upholstery.
Fortunately, using a handheld vacuum or the upholstery attachment on a full-size vacuum will take care of it. That said, if you’re having trouble vacuuming up all the dust and other debris from the fabric, use a clean cloth and soft bristle brush to loosen it first then suck it up.
Spot treatment, if necessary
Vacuuming your velvet furniture regularly should keep it in top condition, but if you’re dealing with spills or stains, you need to take more steps.
The trick to cleaning up a spill on velvet is to blot it with a clean and dry absorbent cloth as soon as possible, then let it air dry. If you leave a stain, or discover an older stain on your furniture, there are a few more steps involved.
First, mix one of two cleaning solutions:
- Baking Soda + Lemon Juice: Put 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a small plate and fill it with lemon juice until start to foam.
- dish soap + water: Fill a bucket or container with warm water, then add a squirt or two of mild dish soap. Move it around a bit until it’s foamy.
Then do a small patch test on an inconspicuous part of the velvet furniture to make sure the solution you choose won’t damage the fabric.
If you are satisfied with the result, dip a clean, soft, and dry cloth into the foam or foam, then use it to dry:do not rub—the stain until it disappears. After it air dries, check the area to make sure the stain is gone and to see if the velvet now it is tangled. if Is, use a clean, dry cloth, soft bristle brush to fluff it up.