How to Clean Chenille Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Chenille is a type of soft, iridescent fabric used to make upholstery, blankets, rugs and clothing. This delicate material is commonly made from cotton or rayon, and it requires special care and cleaning to maintain its condition. Although chenille fabric is durable, clean chenille furniture with gentle techniques to keep the nap and backing strong. Excess friction or water can unravel or crush the nap, and increase wear on the furniture. With the proper care, your chenille furniture can last for many years.

Blot any wet spills with a cotton cloth or towel. Remove the cushions or pillows to make cleaning easier.

Spray stains or spills lightly with foaming upholstery cleaner, and blot them with a cotton cloth. Don't rub the chenille because it can wear down the nap. Allow the furniture and cushions to dry.

Vacuum the upholstery gently with a soft brush attachment. Follow the direction of the nap to restore softness and lustre.

Place the cushions on the furniture.


Vacuum or brush your chenille furniture regularly with a soft brush to keep it looking plush and vibrant. Flip or rotate cushions to promote even wear.


Don't wash chenille furniture with water, or store it in damp conditions. Keep chenille fabric out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton cloths
  • Towel
  • Foaming upholstery cleaner
  • Vacuum, with brush attachment
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Shelley Marie has been writing professionally since 2008 for online marketing and informational websites. Her areas of expertise include home, garden and health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an associate degree in medical billing and insurance coding, both from Herzing University.