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WHAT TO DO WHEN A SPILL OCCURS?

Before cleaning your velvet furniture, read its care instruction tag. Look for the codes that indicate how to clean the fabric.

“W” means the fabric is water-safe;

“S” means to clean with a dry-cleaning solvent;

“S-W” means both solvent- and water-safe;

“X” means to dry-brush or vacuum only.

  • Rubbing alcohol may work on microfiber furniture marked “S,” but always test it first on an inconspicuous spot.
  • Blot liquid spills with a plain white cloth, pressing the cloth down and lifting straight up rather than rubbing.
  • To get rid of stains and watermarks, you can try cleaning it with upholstery or velvet cleaner Speed up the drying process with a blow dryer on the cool setting. After drying, brush the spot with a dry, nylon-bristled scrub brush.

Keep your velvet couch looking good with weekly vacuuming. Use a bristled upholstery attachment to remove dirt and brush the nap of the velvet at the same time.

MATERIAL

The term “velvet” actually refers to the weave, not the fabric itself — silk, cotton and synthetics are materials commonly used to make velvet. Woven on a specialist loom, the fabric then creates a short, dense pile, which contributes to the distinctive look and feel of velvet. The look, color, and texture of the fabric are ever-changing. Depending on the direction the velvet is brushed, the lighting and the wear.