velvet being a tricky problem to solve. For upholstery, velvet is typically made from silk but it can also be made from cotton and in addition there are now synthetic velvets made from polyester or nylon. It’s important for you to find out what your couch is comprised of.
The easiest way to find out is to look for the care label underneath the seat cushion.
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Velvet is not a fabric, but a weave. Since velvet may be composed of many different fibres, it is essential that the fabric be tested prior to cleaning.The crushed effect in crushed velvet is set with heat and water, and is usually removed by wet cleaning.Tufted velvet has a latex backing, which may be softened when using solvents and dry cleaning methods.Velvet usually responds well to wet cleaning or combined wet and dry cleaning techniques, depending on the results of your tests. Leave plenty of time for cleaning this type of fabric, since you will have to use special finishing techniques to return the fabric to its original appearance.
The most effective and safest way to clean velvet is to have it professionally cleaned. However, if you do want to try it yourself, you can try mixing 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with water, shake it up well, and apply the suds only. Apply only a small amount, and blot between applications. Be careful not to get the fabric very wet. If this is not effectively removing the stains, try using dry cleaning solvent. Dont disturb for at least 24 hours after cleaning.
Always do a cleaning test in an inconspicuous area to determine the suitability of your procedures and your cleaner.
SPECIAL VELVET PROCEDURES TIPS
Always work the velvet in the direction of the nap rather than against it. This includes vacuum, brush agitation and extraction.
Initial Grooming – Immediately after cleaning each section, you should groom the velvet in the direction of the nap. In other words, brush it down. Do not try to brush against the nap while it is wet.
Dry the fabric completely.
Final Grooming – Once the fabric is dry, groom the pile against the nap using a Velvet Brush. This will lift and separate the fibres and bring back the soft feel of the velvet.