Velvet fabric has long been a symbol of luxury, and when it comes to couches, they can be fragile and, therefore, tricky to clean. We’ll show you how to do basic spot cleaning and give tips on how to keep your velvet couch cleaner for longer.
- Spot cleaning
- Sunspots vs. stains
- How to keep a velvet couch clean
Spot cleaning a velvet couch is a lot easier and more straightforward than one would think. The most important thing is to choose the right cleaning products as something too abrasive could easily damage the material.
In most cases, regular soap and water or even dishwashing liquid will be perfectly sufficient.
Step 1: Soak a soft cloth in warm water and soap/dishwashing liquid and without getting too much water onto the couch start blotting. Repeatedly blot the stain and scrub with a soft brush if needed.
Step 2: As soon as it looks as if the stain has been removed, press a dry towel onto the wet spot until you’ve drawn out most of the water. You could also use a wet/dry vacuum for this. Once most of the water has been drawn out, let a fan blow on it until it’s 100% dry. Whatever you do, do not leave it wet or moist.
Sunspots vs. stains
Sun faded spots on couches are often mistaken for stains, and if you find yourself in this situation, then there is, unfortunately, nothing one can do about it.
However, prevention is key. Do so by rearranging your couches in such a manner so that they remain out of the sunlight. If this is not possible, drape a cover over the affected sofas so that sunlight does not shine on it directly.
How to keep a velvet couch clean
Keeping your velvet couch clean is a lot easier than it seems if you incorporate it into your regular cleaning schedule.
For example, vacuum the couch once a week when you do the carpets. Just by giving it a quick over with a HEPA or handheld vacuum will do a world of difference. Also, don’t leave visible hair behind on the upholstery, either. As soon as you see it, gently brush it off with a soft-bristled brush.
You can also take it a step further by steam cleaning your upholstery once every six months or so. Not only will doing so make your velvet couch last longer, but it will also give it a thorough clean while disinfecting it at the same time. You can do so by using your own machine or by hiring a professional cleaning company to do it for you.