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How to Clean Your Velvet Fabrics

Velvet is a luxurious fabric which takes extra care in order to keep it looking its best, and dazzling all the friends and visitors to your home. While velvet might be a little more forgiving than other delicate fabrics when it comes to cleaning, its soft composition, especially around the nap, should always be handled with very careful treatment.

In order to do a thorough job of cleaning your beautiful velvet curtains, you’ll need the following materials:

  • vacuum
  • ordinary dish detergent
  • warm water
  • a dry cleaning kit from your grocery store or department store
  • several sponges or soft cloths
  • a bucket for the water and detergent

The cleaning process

One of the most important things to remember when cleaning your velvet curtains is that you should always avoid getting them too moist during the cleaning process, and in fact you’re much better off keeping the curtains as dry as possible throughout the task. To begin the cleaning process, use the vacuum to extract as much dust and dirt as you can, and after that mix a small amount of water and dish detergent, stirring them together thoroughly.

Then, use either a soft cloth or a gentle sponge to clean the surface of your velvet curtains, but make sure to use only the suds from your cleaning mixture, and don’t dip the entire cloth or sponge into the water. After cleaning the entire surface, dab with another dry sponge or cloth to remove moisture and any remaining dirt.

If you were able to find a home dry cleaning kit in your store’s laundry section, use this to handle any stubborn stains or persistent dirty areas that didn’t come out with your earlier cleaning process. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning, so you don’t make any obvious errors. After you’ve done all this, allow the curtains to dry completely before hanging them up again in their usual position.

Cautionary notes

If the nap of your velvet curtains has been damaged in any way, it can sometimes be restored with a steam cleaner – unless you have a crushed velvet fabric, which will instead be harmed by moisture. When you’re going through the cleaning process, it is usually prudent to ensure that your cleaning will achieve the desired effect by applying it to a small test area, before expanding it to include the entire curtain.

If you see that it’s not cleaning in the way that you had hoped, it might be best to halt your efforts right there, and consult with a professional. Velvet curtains are a luxurious and beautiful furnishing, breathing life and elegance into a home, and you just don’t want to take a chance on ruining them. By all means, have the cleaning done professionally if you have any doubts about the effectiveness of your own home efforts.


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