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How To Clean A Velvet Sofa

How To Clean A Velvet Sofa

A velvet sofa is a striking style statement in its own right. The gorgeous texture and gentle shine that make this fabric so appealing can also call attention to dust and stains. Read on for careful cleaning tips that can help you remove debris and prevent discoloration, all while preserving the lush pile.


Vacuum Dust and Debris on a Regular Basis

Regular vacuuming is the best thing you can do for your velvet sofa. Aim to vacuum once a week; if your home tends to be dusty, or if you have little ones, you can add in extra cleaning as needed. Make sure to use a soft brush attachment and gentle pressure to prevent scratches and scrapes. As you vacuum, make sure to cover the entire surface of the sofa to prevent uneven wear patterns.


Test Cleaning Solutions in Advance

Find out what cleaning products are safe to use. To start, check the product manual for recommendations. If it’s not available, make two alternative cleaning solutions:


1. For the first, mix a few drops of grease-cutting dish soap into 1 cup of warm water.

2. For the second, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda into 1/2 cup of lemon juice.


Dip a clean cloth in one solution and dab it gently onto the velvet in a hard-to-see spot. Repeat this process with the second solution and the manufacturer’s recommended products. Allow your test sites to dry completely, and run a vacuum over the area to fluff the fibers. Finally, check for discoloration, staining, or other unusual effects to see which options are safe for your velvet sofa.


Spot Clean Wet Messes ASAP

When you spill wine or drop food onto your velvet sofa, acting quickly can help prevent stains. Rather than wiping up the mess, take a moment to lift away any solid pieces with your fingers or a clean fork. This ensures that the food particles don’t get pushed further into the fibers.


When all of the solids are gone, place a clean, dry cloth over the area and blot gently. Continue this process until the cloth no longer picks up liquid. Then, dip a clean part of the cloth into one of your pre-tested cleaning solutions and dab lightly over the spill. Make sure the velvet is completely dry before you use the sofa.


Steam the Velvet to Fluff the Pile

Are you noticing new lines or light-colored areas on your velvet sofa? After you vacuum your sofa, break out a steamer with a handheld wand and choose the lowest heat setting. Move the steamer slowly over the surface of the fabric against the direction of the fibers. The steam fluffs up the pile and erases signs of wear, leaving your living room looking fresh and new.

With the right methods and equipment, you can keep a velvet sofa looking luxe and sumptuous for years to come. Hoping to skip out on a lot of maintenance? Brush up on How to Choose a Durable Slipcover to Protect Your SofaIf you’re in the market for a replacement sofa or still deciding if velvet is the right material for you, check out our Sofa Buying Guide.