There are several things to keep in mind when learning how to wash velvet. While velvet is very beautiful to feel and look at, it can be a bit of a pain when it comes to stains. This does not mean you have to throw away your velvet garments as soon as a stain appears on them. To ensure that a stain does not completely ruin your velvet, follow these directions carefully.
Step 1 – Velvet Types
If the velvet you are washing happens to be your drapes, keep in mind that there are a couple different kinds of velvet that you may have. This can alter the way that you wash it. Crushed velvet can lose its soft and pleasant look if it gets too wet. There is also a rubber backed velvet drape. This type of velvet does not take to heat very well. It is best to find out the type of velvet you have before washing velvet drapes.
Step 2 – Stain Removal
Get to the stain as soon as possible. While you may not always be able to get to the stain as soon as it happens, keep in mind the sooner, the better. Get a bowl of warm water or be near the tap. Grab your washcloth and moisten it. You do not want it dripping wet. Gently rub the stain with the washcloth in an up and down motion. If you rub too hard it can damage the delicate fabric. You will only want to rub this stain two to three times tops. After you have finished rubbing the stain, get a paper towel and gently wipe up the water on the velvet.
Step 3 – Drying
You should continue to dab at the fabric with the paper towel until the velvet is completely dry. If you still see the stain, you will have to repeat step number one. Do not stop at two or three strokes this time though. You should rub this stain in an up and down motion until you cannot see it anymore. Some stains are very stubborn and cannot be removed by hand. If this is the case then you may need to take your velvet garment to a dry cleaner.
Step 4 – Dry Cleaning
Velvet is one of the hardest types of fabric to remove a stain from. If you cannot do it by hand, turn it over to a dry cleaner. They have all of the special tools and knowledge to get the stain out completely. Just keep in mind that your velvet is not unsalvageable if you cannot get it cleaned yourself. Always remember that you should never, under any circumstances wash your velvet in your washing machine. This will completely ruin the delicate fabric and destroy the shape of your garment.