Velvet is a soft, luxurious fabric that is formed from silk, cotton and nylon polyester thus, it can be perceived as difficult to clean. Velvet requires special care to avoid crushing the fabric. Velvet has a three-dimensional texture with a very visible pile of short, fuzzy, hair-like fibres on the surface. The pile or nap will have a definite direction, with the pile/nap running up, the fabric  will look darker and the pile running down, the fabric will be lighter and shinier.

The following tips will help you clean and care for your velvet garment.

  • Don’t apply pressure to it when wet
  • Don’t blot spills, shake excess moisture and then air-dry
  • Never iron and bleach
  • Use steamer to remove wrinkles (steam inside out)
  • Clean garments promptly after wearing

Wash Care Label:


Your garment is made from synthetic fibres, called polyester, which can typically be hand washed or gently machine washed.

When hand washing velvet:

  • Before washing, turn item inside out so that you’re handling the flat side.
  • Use a small amount —no more than a teaspoon—of liquid laundry detergent designed for delicates with cool water.
  • Press soapy water through, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Hang or lay flat to dry.

 When machine washing velvet:

  • Wash the garment alone or with a light load to prevent too much agitation.
  • Use cool or cold water settings.
  • Do not use bleach or fabric softeners which can ruin its delicate nap.
  • Remove promptly once cycle has finished.
  • Hang or lay flat to dry.

Treating stains

Your best defence against stains is to treat them immediately. If you can’t treat it when it occurs, keep in mind that you have a better chance of removing it sooner than later. As such:

  • Use a moist cloth to gently rub over the stain. Keep the movement in one direction to prevent damaging the nap.
  • If necessary, use a small drop of delicate laundry detergent.
  • To rinse, use a wet cloth to dab away any soap residue.
  • Blot with a clean towel to dry.

Dealing with creases

Folds and creases can flatten the pile in velvet, which can be difficult to remove.

  • Use a handheld steamer on the inside of the garment to remove creases. If you don’t have a handheld steamer, hold an iron a few centimetres from your garment on the steam setting.
  • When storing velvet, be careful, fold garment neatly or hang jackets on padded hangers.

Take the Easy Way Out

There's no shame in carting your most treasured velvet pieces to the dry cleaner. Sometimes leaving it to the professionals is the best option.