How to Clean Water Stains on a Velvet Chair

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Velvet fabric is used to make clothing, upholstery, curtains and other home furnishings. Due to its luxurious material, velvet requires special care. According to calicocorners.com, the textile industry uses special codes to indicate specific cleaning techniques. Velvet is classified as an “S” code fabric, meaning it should only be cleaned with water-free solvents. Such solvents include common household items, which can successfully eliminate water stains from velvet chairs.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-free dry cleaning fluid
  • White cloth
  • Hair dryer
  • Soft bristle brush

Pour a dime-sized amount of water-free dry cleaning fluid onto a clean, white cloth. Blot the cloth along the velvet chair's water stain starting from the outer edge of the stain and working inward. Avoid leaving the dry cleaning fluid on too long, since the fluid may cause the fabric’s dyes to run.

Turn on a hair dryer and direct the hair dryer’s nozzle at the stain to quickly dry the cleaning fluid from the velvet.

Brush the velvet with a soft bristle brush to restore the nap. To prevent color changes in the fabric, be sure to end the brushing in the right direction.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test the dry cleaning fluid on a small, inconspicuous area of the chair’s fabric before cleaning water stains. Discontinue use of the fluid if the velvet’s dye runs or fades.
  • Always use solvents in well-ventilated areas and keep them away from open flames.

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