Adding velvet to the decor of your home is always a great idea. This gorgeous material will give a glamorous touch in an instant.
However, to maintain velvet, you need to be really careful. Below, we share with you an easy tutorial on how to clean velvet sofa that you can refer to.
How to Clean Velvet Sofa
Prepare these supplies:
- Fabric brush or vacuum with a soft-bristle attachment
- Lint-free cloths
- Gentle dish soap
- Steamer, optional
Follow these steps:
Brush it up
Use the fabric brush to remove the loose dirt or lint on the surface of your velvet sofa. The better way to do this step is to use a vacuum with a soft-bristle attachment. It’s a more effective option to remove debris and crumbs, especially in the cracks of the sofa.
Clean the stains
Once you are sure that you have removed the loose debris on the surface of your velvet sofa, inspect the stains around it. Here’s what you can do:
- Soak a lint-free cloth in tepid water.
- Gently dab the stained area in a moving up and down motion.
- To check whether you have successfully cleaned the stains, you have to wait until it’s completely dry. If you want to speed up the process, you can use a hair dryer in the coldest setting.
Further clean, optional
If you get a heavily-stained velvet sofa, a damp cloth doesn’t really clean it properly. That’s when you need to clean the sofa further with a DIY cleaning solution.
Here’s what you can do:
- Mix a cup of lukewarm water with two drops of gentle dish soap.
- Soak a lint-free cloth in the cleaning solution, then blot the stained area of your velvet sofa in a gentle motion.
Dry up the sofa
After you deep-clean your velvet sofa, you need to dry it up completely. One thing to avoid when you are drying a velvet sofa is to never expose it to direct sunlight which can lead to a color fading.
Air dry is always the better method to finish up the cleaning process of your velvet sofa. If you want to make it quicker, you can use a blow dryer.
Steam up the sofa
The cleaning process above may leave some wrinkles or creases, to handle this, you can use a streamer in a gentle setting. It’s also a good way to disinfect your velvet sofa since you can’t use harsh chemicals.
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The right time to clean a velvet sofa
How often you should clean a velvet sofa depends on your lifestyle. If you have some kids and pets around, you may find your sofa gets dirty easily and you need to clean it more frequently.
Velvet is actually a durable material in which everyday debris and dust don’t really damage the material. When you need to clean it, you always have to do it gently to avoid water damage.