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General Cleaning & Care Tips for Your Luxurious Velvet Couch

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If you want to upgrade your living room and make it look nicer, getting a brand new couch is a pretty fool-proof plan; but if you really want to elevate your interiors by more than just a few notches, the opulence of a velvet couch, in particular, is the way to go! No other material can match up to the plush look and feel of velvet which is why it generally comes with a higher price tag. Nevertheless, if you’ve spent top dollar on your velvet couch, we are certain that you have no regrets whatsoever, thanks to the level of aesthetic value it has brought to your home. 

Now, the question is – how are you going to maintain this gorgeous looking velvet couch of yours? Well, like any other type of upholstered sofa or couch, the answer lies in proper care and cleaning measures taken to safely rid the material of dirt, dust, and unsightly creases. For the best and safest tips on how to clean a velvet couch, MaidForYou has got you covered! Read on.

What Type of Velvet Couch Do You Have?

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You may not be aware of this but velvet sofas and couches are typically manufactured in two distinct types of fibres – synthetic and cotton. It is quite tough to differentiate between the two because they look identical, and feel the same, too. One major difference, however, is that synthetic velvet is less prone to staining as compared to cotton velvet; therefore, the former is better suited for homes with pets and/or kids. Due to its higher resistance to stains, a synthetic velvet couch is also easier to clean and care for.

So, before you attempt any sort of cleaning method, it is important to check the label for any specific cleaning/care instructions, or find out from the manufacturer what type of fibre your velvet couch is made from to ensure that a safe and appropriate cleaning method is applied.

General/Regular Cleaning Tips for a Velvet Couch

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Everyday use will eventually take its toll on the soft, velvety material of your couch, making it feel, look, and even smell different. Of course, none of these are positive changes! So, to prevent a velvet couch from becoming unrecognisable (to the touch, included), there are a few general maintenance tips you can follow to keep the material clean and plush. These are as follows:

  • Vacuum your velvet couch at least once a week using a soft upholstery brush attachment. This will remove dust buildup, as well as other debris that, when accumulated, dull the material and change the texture.
  • Clean up crumbs immediately. If you allow small food particles to sit on your velvet couch long enough, they will sink deeper into the pile and encourage bacteria (which, overtime, leads to unpleasant odours).
  • Use a lint roller as and when needed. This is especially helpful in removing fur, and fine surface debris that may not always be visible to the eye, yet takes away the velvet’s original lustre. 

Spot Cleaning Tips for Spills on a Velvet Couch

We all know that no matter how careful you are, spills or stains on your couch are inevitable. However, when dealing with them on a velvet couch in particular, it pays to know what you are doing so that you don’t run the risk of damaging the material beyond repair! 

Unless the care or cleaning instructions from the manufacturer say differently, the general spot cleaning method for spills on your velvet couch include the following steps:

  • Dab the stain with paper towels to soak up excess moisture from the spill. If you are using a cloth, make sure that it is a soft, lint-free material.
  • In a plastic bowl or cup, add 2-4 drops of liquid dish soap and pour in a cup of water. Stir or whisk the water until the solution becomes frothy at the top.
  • Using a soft, lint-free cloth, scoop up some of the suds (without touching the water), and apply it to the affected area. 
  • With the same cloth, blot the stain repeatedly until it comes off. You might need to stir/whisk the solution or make a fresh batch for more suds. As you go about the spot cleaning process, the stain should get transferred to the cloth; therefore, if needed, replace the cloth with a clean one.
  • If the velvet feels too damp or saturated, blot it with a clean, dry white towel before allowing it to air dry.

How to Remove Creases from a Velvet Couch

two purple pillows on the corner of a large 4 seater purple velvet sofa

Due to the plush pile velvet has, when you sit or lie on the couch for a long period of time, the fibres get smashed down which, in turn, leads to creases in the material. Creasing on velvet typically appears as a white stain, and really stands out in an unpleasant way! 

Fortunately, homeowners can remove creases on a velvet couch quite easily by following the steps below:

  • For this, you will need a steam iron or regular iron with a steam setting. If you have a handheld steamer, that works even better. Start by turning the appliance on, and switching it to the lowest heat setting.
  • Find the direction of the pile as you will need to work against it.
  • Once hot, hold the steamer/iron over one corner of the velvet couch, and slowly move it across to the other side. Bear in mind that you should not apply steam to a single area of the couch for more than 5 seconds as excess heat can damage the fibres. 
  • Do this one section at a time until you have steamed the entire couch and removed the creases. 

As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot to maintain your luxurious velvet couch; just knowledge of the right care and cleaning measures to take in order to get the job done safely and efficiently. So, now that you are privy to this crucial information, you will certainly not have any problems with keeping your beautiful velvet couch looking and feeling plush for many years to come! If you're not confident enough to do it yourself, our upholstery and carpet steam cleaning service will have your velvet couch looking brand new.  

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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