How to Clean a Velvet Sofa

When choosing velvet furniture, you are choosing a bold style in your space - its soft sheen, rich color and innate elegance cannot be ignored. However, the presence of velvet in your interior also means that any discoloration or stains are very noticeable. You need to clean it regularly in order to preserve its luxurious look. Are you curious how to do it? Here you will find the most useful tips for maintaining your velvet sofa at home!


Velvet is a type of fabric that doesn’t allow the use of harsh chemicals, which means you need to choose a proper cleaning product suitable for delicate fabrics. On the one hand, complicated maintenance makes velvet a less popular material for sofa upholstery, but on the other hand, it looks elegant and appealing.


Everything you need to clean a velvet sofa is a stiff brush or nail brush, a soft brush, a blunt knife (using a butter knife would also be ok), a duck billed scissors, a spray bottle, rubbing alcohol, dish soap or mild detergent, a hair dryer and clean cotton towels. Once you have everything you need in hand, let’s get the velvet sofa cleaned!

The blunt knife, stiff brush and the duck billed scissors are needed in cases there is dried hard food residues on the sofa. These tools have to be used very gently, without applying too much pressure onto the sofa. 

First, you need to scrape off all the food remains from your sofa. It may take from five to thirty minutes to do it, depending on the level of contamination. Pay attention to the corners of the sofa. These are the places where you can normally find crumbs and other food remains. After you have scraped them, use a vacuum cleaner to collect the dirt. 

Once you do this, you will notice the velvet sofa is visibly cleaner. However, there would be some food and drink spills, which you have to cope with. What you have to do is mix up a mild cleaning agent. To do this, you will need dish soap, rubbing alcohol and water. It is important to note that you should use only a quarter of a teaspoon of dish soap – not more than that! If you add more dish soap to the mixture, there would be soapy leftovers on the sofa, which would attract more dirt.

The optimum amount for velvet sofa cleaning is two spoons of rubbing alcohol. If you do not have rubbing alcohol, do not worry. Even without it, you can clean your sofa with the dish soap mixture.

After you have made the cleaning mixture, pour the solution into a spray bottle. You shouldn’t spray the solution directly on the sofa. The right cleaning technique is applying the mixture to the cotton towels and wiping over the velvet. The idea is transferring the dirt from the sofa to the cotton towels. Repeat the procedure as long as you have to, or until you see there is no more dirt transferring to the cotton towels.

Finally, dry the sofa using a hair dryer and a brush. You can also use the dull side of the butter knife to comb the velvet. That is going to get the pile a nice uniform direction and will help the pile stay correctly in one direction. Actually, that is the main problem about velvet cleaning – people just do not groom and dry the velvet.


 It is not necessary to carry out the procedures described above. There are many more ways to eliminate different types of stains with the help of available tools:

  • Greasy stains are best removed with starch, baking soda or salt. Leave it on for a while, then vacuum up the salt or starch and the stain with a sponge soaked in soapy water.

  • Wash spilled coffee, tea and other sweet drinks with a wet towel and then apply soapy water. After 15 minutes, rinse the affected area with a clean sponge and dry with a soft cloth.

  • Blood is removed well with aspirin. A tablet of acetylsalicylic acid must be dissolved in a glass of water, and then wet the cloth to wipe the spot until the desired result.

  • Chocolate can be removed by first cleaning it with a dull knife or spoon, then squeezing ordinary liquid soap onto the stain. After that, wipe with a cloth to the desired result.

  • It is good to clean spilled alcohol, including wine, with salt, because it perfectly absorbs dyes.

  • Vinegar can help fight stubborn stains. A suitable solution can be prepared with acetic acid, and then applied to the affected area, and after 30 minutes, rinse with clean water and dry.


 The velvet sofa has a number of advantages:

  • Practicality. Velvet is completely resistant to dust, owners with pets can rest on it, wool does not collect on it.

  • Safety. In production, threads and other materials are used that do not cause allergic reactions in people, therefore, if someone suffers from allergies, there is no need to worry, since the pile is completely safe.

  • Nice to the touch. The material has special properties that make it as pleasant to the touch as possible.

  • Resistant. When sitting, no deformation occurs, the pile is in the same position as it was.


There are also certain specifics that prevent velvet from taking a leading position in the sale:

  • Vulnerability to certain drinks. If you can easily deal with dust, then you will have to tinker with spilled coffee, tea or even carbonated drinks, since they are very densely eaten into this material.

  • Loss of gloss. If your family has many children or a sofa is used quite often, then the gloss is lost very quickly.

  • Price. The fabric is not cheap, and therefore you have to fork out to buy furniture from this type of material.

  • Velvet furniture requires special care and respect throughout the entire period of usage. It must be cleaned without the use of aggressive agents and methods, and also at regular intervals.


There are certain rules for caring for velvet furniture, by observing which you can prolong the service life of velvet furniture. Follow these rules, and your velvet furniture will serve for a long time:

  • Remove spills immediately. Do not wait for them to dry;

  • Carry out cleaning with a vacuum cleaner regularly, using a special nozzle;

  • Do not use cleaning agents with large granules or grains, they can remain in the pile and then it is quite difficult to remove them;

  • For velvet cleaning use only products intended for this type of fabric;

  • Do not get the velvet sofa wet and, in general, contact with water should be limited;

For velvet sofa cleaning, use special napkins that are not too hard, otherwise, the velvet can be severely damaged and restoring it afterwards may become an impossible task.

Now you know exactly how to clean your velvet sofa at home! If you are an owner of such a sofa, then make sure it is cleaned in a timely manner.

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