The Complete Guide to Cleaning a Velvet Sofa: Tackling Dirt, Stains, and Spills with Ease

The Complete Guide to Cleaning a Velvet Sofa: Tackling Dirt, Stains, and Spills with Ease


Discover the ultimate guide to effectively clean your velvet sofa, regardless of the type of dirt, stain, or spill. Our experts share their top tips to restore its pristine appearance.


Velvet sofas are undeniably luxurious, but maintaining their cleanliness can pose a challenge. The plush material, while providing a cosy and soft seating experience, tends to attract pet hair, dust, and debris. Fortunately, there are proven methods to clean a velvet sofa and bring back its original splendour.


Off white velvet curved sofa in a light bright living room with a black round coffee table and a black floor lamp

Lorenzo Mid Century Modern Curved Italian Design Sofa 


Before you embark on the cleaning process, it is crucial to refer to the care instructions specific to your sofa. Once you understand the do's and don'ts of cleaning, you can confidently apply one of these expert-approved techniques. Rest assured, your sofa will soon regain its former glory.


If your sofa is not colourfast, you may need to consult a professional upholstery cleaner. Colourfastness refers to the likelihood of the furniture transferring colour. To determine this, follow the advice of Jenny Reeves, the cleaning supervisor at Ritz Carlton Hotel: "Test a small, inconspicuous area of the sofa for colourfastness. Dampen a clean, white cloth with water and gently blot the test area. If there's no colour transfer onto the cloth, you can proceed with the cleaning steps. However, if there is colour transfer, it is advisable to seek professional assistance." Here at Daia Home, all our velvet fabrics are colourfast.


Dark living room with old blue walls and antique red wooden panels with a mid century sofa in purple velvet and a stone top coffee table with large natural colour wooden legs

Arthur Mid Century Buttoned Sofa, Feather and Foam Seats


Now, let's delve into the process of cleaning a velvet sofa

1. Regular maintenance: To combat everyday dust and debris, it is recommended to lightly vacuum your velvet sofa or seating on a regular basis. Jenny suggests using a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to gently remove loose dirt, dust, and debris from the velvet surface. Remember to vacuum along the seams, crevices, and cushions to ensure comprehensive cleaning.


2. Tackling spills: Vacuuming alone may not suffice when it comes to spills on your velvet sofa. In case of any accidents, remain calm and follow these steps:


- Liquid stains: Dampen a clean cloth and gently blot the affected area. For wine stains, Charlotte Taylor, Interior designer and head of creative at Daia Home, advises this method.

- Other stains: Begin by removing any residue using the edge of a teaspoon.


By following these expert tips, you'll be equipped to effectively clean and maintain the beauty of your velvet sofa. Remember to proceed with caution and, when in doubt, consult a professional for guidance.


Large light living room with tall french windows and a contemporary chesterfiels corner sofa in teal blue velvet and a pale pink throw

Hugo Contemporary Chesterfield Corner Sofa, Feather Filled Seats


According to Jenny, it is important to avoid excessive moisture when spot cleaning velvet fabric, as it can lead to watermarks and flattened appearance. Instead, she suggests using dry cleaning methods or minimal amounts of water. When addressing stains, it is crucial to delicately dab the affected area with a damp cloth rather than scrubbing, as scrubbing can flatten the pile and potentially damage the fabric.


For more extensive cleaning needs, such as stubborn stains, Jenny recommends using a stain remover or cleaning solution. You can create a homemade solution by mixing a small amount of mild liquid dish soap with lukewarm water or utilizing a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice for odorous stains. However, investing in a specialized upholstery cleaner designed for velvet and following the provided instructions is advisable for efficient stain removal.


Bright living room with floor to ceiling windows and a classic English sofa in orange velvet with rolled arms in  with a stone top coffee table sitting on gold metal legs and a colourful rug

Florence Classic English Sofa


If the entire sofa requires cleaning, Charlotte suggests using a steam cleaner on the lowest setting with a velvet attachment. It is essential to test the steam cleaner on a hidden area to ensure it doesn't cause any fabric damage.


After cleaning, it is crucial to allow the velvet sofa to air dry naturally. Jenny advises against using heat sources like hair dryers or heaters, as they can cause shrinking or distortion of the velvet. Finally, to restore the plush appearance and soft feel of the sofa, gently push the pile back up to smoothen it.


How do I quickly remove pet hair from my velvet sofa?

The cleaning experts at Marigold suggest a clever hack using kitchen gloves. Dampen the gloves with water and rub them over the sofa to attract and pick up pet hair. If kitchen gloves are not available, a shower squidgy can also be used to gather the hair together.


Langley Slim Arm Chesterfield Sofa, Feather and Foam Seats

Living room with light green walls and a green chesterfield sofa in dark green velvet with stone top coffee and side tables on gold metal legs

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