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How To Clean A Velvet Chair

How To Clean A Velvet Chair

A velvet chair is a lush and luxurious accent piece. When you notice that your chair’s signature shine is starting to dull, it’s a sign that you’re due for a cleaning. Here’s how to refresh and revive velvet upholstery while protecting the delicate pile.


Disclaimer: Always check your product manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before following our tips.


Vacuum Velvet Chairs Every Week

Once a week, take time to vacuum your velvet chair. Use a soft brush attachment; the bristles reach into the fibers, releasing dust and food particles. Always use light pressure and move the brush in the direction of the velvet nap. Then, replace the brush with a crevice attachment and clean out crumbs from between the cushions and along the sides of the hair.


Test Cleaning Products Before You Need Them

Before stains happen, test different cleaning products to find a safe option for your type of velvet. If possible, take suggestions from the chair manual. Alternatively, you can give the following steps a try:

  1. Whisk a small amount of mild dish soap into water until it foams.
  2. Wet a clean cloth with the mixture and apply it to a small spot on the back or underside of the upholstery.
  3. When it’s dry, vacuum the spot and examine the velvet for changes in color or texture.
  4. If you find damage, repeat the test with a mix of lemon juice and baking soda.

Tackle Spills and Stains Quickly

The best time to treat stains is when they’re still wet. If you catch a stain after it’s dry, vacuum the area before applying a cleaning solution. Otherwise, follow the method below.

  1. When you spill food or drink onto your velvet chair, remove debris so it doesn’t get crushed into the velvet.
  2. Then, pat the stain with a paper towel or a dry cloth until it absorbs all of the moisture.
  3. Mix your pretested cleaning solution and use a new cloth to blot it onto the affected area.
  4. Allow the fabric to dry and vacuum the area.

Refresh Velvet Upholstery with a Steamer

As you use a velvet chair, the pile can start to crease. A steamer or a steam iron can revive the fibers and refresh the color. Set the steamer on a low heat setting and hold it a few inches above the upholstery. Move against the direction of the nap to lift the fibers. If possible, test the steamer on a hidden location before covering the full chair.