How to clean a velvet upholstered chair

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Furniture upholstered in velvet adds depth and personality to any home decor. Velvet is also very delicate and can be damaged easily by using the wrong cleaning products and methods. Spills are bound to happen eventually, especially on velvet furniture used in high-traffic areas such as living and dining rooms. Luckily, there is no need to call in the professionals; you can clean velvet furniture using a simple solution made at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Cloths
  • Dish detergent
  • Bucket
  • Hair dryer
  • Soft-bristled brush

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  1. 1

    Soak up any liquid by blotting the velvet using paper towels or cloths. Often, this is the only step that is needed to remove spills from velvet furniture.

  2. 2

    Mix 1/8 cup of dish detergent with 2 cups of water in a bucket. Stir the mixture vigorously until suds form.

  3. 3

    Apply the suds only--not the water--to the stain using a clean cloth. Soaking velvet in water can cause damage.

  4. 4

    Use a dry cloth to blot the stain until it fades. Repeat the above steps if the stain persists.

  5. 5

    Use a hair dryer to dry the area, or allow the velvet to air-dry completely. Once the area is dry, use a soft-bristled brush to help restore the nap of the fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a steamer to restore velvet's natural lustre.
  • Blot stains on velvet with gentle pressure. Pressing too hard can cause damage to the fabric.

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