Velvet Sofas: They're Really Not That Intimidating

Velvet sofas are great additions to any living space. They are one of those furniture pieces that can instantly elevate a space so that it looks more luxurious.

Red velvet sofa placed in living room, with some cushions on itRuby velvet 3 seater sofa

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Velvet has earned a reputation for being a fussy, high-maintenance material that is intimidating or troublesome to care for and maintain. However, it's really not a material that you have to be intimidated by or avoid! Sure, it might need a tad more care than other materials, but it's really not that difficult to care for this beautiful fabric.

Cleaning and maintaining a velvet sofa is much easier that you might think. After reading this article that contains a list of some of the best and easiest best ways to clean and maintain your velvet sofa, you'll certainly become a pro at handling velvet!

Your vacuum will be your best friend

Similar to all other types of sofas, the easiest way to clean and maintain your velvet sofa is to vacuum it regularly. A quick vacuum will help to rid of any dust or other everyday dry messes (e.g crumbs) that accumulate throughout the day! Just remember to use a soft brush attachment to loosen any surface dirt and brush it away, to avoid scratching your sofa. 

Don't leave your mess behind, clean it up immediately!

This rule practically applies to any sofa, regardless of its material. Leaving your mess behind and delaying cleaning it up is only a recipe for disaster. 

When dealing with spills, don't panic! Take a deep breath first, before proceeding to soak up as much liquid as possible with a clean, white absorbent cloth. Remember to bloat, and not rub, as you don't want to make things worse by widening the spread of the spill! Try to avoid using coloured cloths during this process as you don't want to risk any potential colour transfers! It would also be great to use a lint-free cloth, as lint could get caught in the velvet fibre.

If you spilled plain water, you can simply move on and leave the affected area to air dry. Alternatively, to speed up the process, you could use a hairdryer on its lowest setting.However, if the liquid was anything other than plain water, you might want to mix a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid with some liquid. Then, dip your cloth in the suds and test it in a hidden spot to make sure that it doesn't ruin the fabric. Once you've ensured that you cleaning solution is safe for your sofa, lightly blot the stained area, before leaving it to fully dry. 

Once the affected area has completely dried, use a soft, dry brush and brush your sofa in the direction of the pile. This step might seem unnecessary, but it'll leave your velvet sofa looking brand-new. What spill? No one will ever know that you ever had an accident on it. 

Get that crease out with some steam

When dealing with fabrics like velvet, it's inevitable to have a couple of creases or white stains. Thankfully, these are extremely easy to fix! Simply grab a steamer and place it on its lowest heat setting. Once it's been heated up, simply move it across the fabric in the opposite direction of the pile. Remember not to hold your steamer in one spot for more than a couple of seconds though, as you don't want to risk burning your sofa!  

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When in doubt, always consult a professional 

It's always best to leave it to professionals when you're dealing with large stains or if you don't want to risk destroying your velvet sofa. The professionals definitely know best and will be able to restore your previous velvet sofa back to its optimal condition, so never hesitate to reach out to them if necessary. 

With these tips, caring for and maintaining your velvet sofa should no longer be a daunting task. For any other questions regarding velvet sofas, feel free to reach out to our customer support team via email at wecare@hipvan.com or our live chat, and we'll be more than happy to help! 

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