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How to repair velvet fabric

Updated March 23, 2017

Velvet fabric can become crushed or flattened with excessive use or improper storage. It can be repaired by applying steam to the underside of the fabric in varying degrees, depending on the severity of the problem. So do not despair and throw out your velvet clothing just because it may have flat spots or matted areas. With a few quick steps, your velvet fabric can be as good as new.

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  1. Turn the shower on the hottest setting and hang your velvet garment in the bathroom. Let the garment stay there for around 15 minutes. The steam from the shower can restore and loosen flattened velvet fibres.

  2. Use a steamer to repair more damaged velvet fabric that shower steam alone can not fix. Turn the steamer on its lowest setting and allow it to heat up.

  3. Apply the steamer to the underside of the velvet fabric. Make long sweeping vertical lines up and down the fabric. If the steamer does not initially began to repair the fabric, turn the steamer to a higher temperature until you begin to see the fabric returning to its rightful state.

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Things You'll Need

  • Steamer
  • Clothes hanger

About the Author

Lacey Roop's articles have been printed in various print magazines such as "UpCountry" where she was a feature writer for four years. She has written pieces for "Bluegrass Now" where her work graced the cover on two occasions. Lacey has a BA in English and has been writing professionally since 2003.

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