The interior of our apartment is the reflection of our inner being. A velvet sofa adds luxury and elegance to any living room. However, to keep it clean and beautiful, it needs special care.
How to clean and care for your velvet sofa
Expert tips on how to get that velvet sofa back in shape
Now we give you expert tips and strategies for cleaning your velvet sofa. We address common issues like water stains and pet hair. Let us reveal 2 more recipes for homemade cleaning solutions. Here we go!
Kitchen gloves moistened with water act like a magnet that attracts hair
Check the color fastness of the velvet sofa
To begin, dampen a clean white/beige cloth with water and gently blot the test area. If there is no color transfer to the cloth, you can move on to the next step. If color transfer occurs, you should seek professional help. But if not, you’re good to go.
If the cloth picks up color, you should stop cleaning. In this case, it is better to consult a professional service or contact the manufacturer of the sofa.
Velvet care: This is the ideal way to clean the velvet couch
How to properly care for a velvet sofa
Velvet upholstery shampoo may be useful, but what else can you do to get rid of the stains? Read our top tips and get involved!
1. Vacuuming a velvet sofa: how often should it be?
Regular vacuuming is important to keep your velvet sofa free of pet hair, dust and dirt. Use a soft brush attachment or a handheld vacuum with a lighter suction.
Golden tip: Vacuum your velvet couch at least once a week to keep it in good condition. This prevents dust and small particles such as crumbs from settling in the fabric.
How do you clean a velvet sofa?
2. Dealing with water stains on a velvet upholstery
Accidental water spills happen, especially if you have small children. Don’t panic if your velvet sofa has water stains. To remove fresh water stains immediately, gently blot the affected area with a clean, absorbent cloth. Avoid rubbing as this can damage the delicate velvet fibers.
If possible, let the sofa air dry by an open window. Then the water stains must gradually disappear. For stubborn water stains, you can gently steam the spot with a steam jet.
3. DIY cleaning solution recipe
To spot remove stains and freshen up your velvet sofa, make up a gentle cleaning solution.
Here are 2 easy recipes:
- Mix a small amount of mild liquid soap with lukewarm water to create sudsy soapy water
- Or just use a 2 ingredient solution of baking soda and lemon juice. In this way, you specifically combat the stain that smells particularly bad
Gently stir each solution to make it homogeneous
Before using the solution on your sofa, be sure to test it on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure color fastness. If you find the solution is okay, dip a clean, soft cloth into the solution. Then wring out excess moisture and very lightly blot the soiled area.
The rule here: Dab and not rub. Allow the sofa to air dry and use a soft brush to refresh the velvet fibers.
5. Removal of pet hair, dust and dirt
This fabric is known to attract pet hair, dust and dirt. To effectively accumulate them and remove them long-term, use a lint roller or a fabric brush specially designed for velvet. Work in one direction to remove the hair and dirt from the fabric. For stubborn pet hair, lightly dampen a rubber glove and run your hand over the surface of the sofa – any remaining hair will stick to the glove!
Enjoy the plush comfort with freshness and nice fragrance
6. Handling spills such as coffee and red wine
If you spill something on the velvet couch, it is advisable to act quickly.
That is how it goes: First, gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel. The idea is to suck up as much liquid as possible. Avoid rubbing as this can push the stain deeper into the fabric. Once most of the stain has been vacuumed up, use the aforementioned homemade cleaning solution to treat the remaining stain, following the directions.
A velvet sofa requires special care to preserve its beauty and longevity
Velvet fabrics are a treat that not many people allow themselves. Regular vacuuming, prompt spot treatment and careful & mild cleaning methods are therefore more important than ever.
If you follow the tips and tricks already mentioned and described, you can ensure that your velvet sofa will still look beautiful for years to come. Don’t forget to give preference to color fastness testing and seek professional advice when in doubt.
Cleaning the couch: Regular care is still very important