How to Clean Velvet Fabric

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How to Clean Velvet Fabric
Clean velvet fabric with a dry cleaning product. (purple velvet image by robert mobley from

Velvet, a luxurious fabric, is a feast for the eyes and a comfort to the skin and is used in a variety of applications such as upholstery, draperies and clothes. Cleaning velvet correctly ensures that the fabric stays soft and pliable. Incorrect cleaning may dull bold colours and damage the fabric. Attend to stains immediately, before they have time to set in permanently. To preserve the lush character of velvet, employ proper cleaning methods to guarantee you get it right.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Baby hairbrush
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • White cloths

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  1. 1

    Shake the velvet fabric to release any dust or dirt embedded in the material.

  2. 2

    Brush the velvet using a baby hairbrush. Brush with the nap of the velvet, not against it.

  3. 3

    Spot-clean stains with a dry cleaning solvent. Pour 1 tsp of the dry cleaning fluid onto a white cloth, and dab onto stains. The stain should lift from the velvet as you continue blotting. Pour additional dry cleaning solvent onto the cloth as needed to lift the stain completely.

  4. 4

    Brush the velvet, after removing the stain, to restore the fabric pile.

Tips and warnings

  • Test the dry cleaning solvent on a hidden area of the velvet before applying to the stain.
  • Store velvet fabric in linen or cotton bags. Avoid storing the fabric in cedar chests or plastic bags as fumes from these materials may damage the velvet.

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