What is Velvet?
Velvet is a beautiful, soft, shimmering fabric often associated with luxury. Historically velvet was made from silk and worn by royalty! Today, velvet is much more commonplace, as it is no longer made exclusively from silk. People often think the term “velvet” refers to the fabric, but velvet fabric is actually set apart by the weave of the material. It’s characterized by its even pile height which is created on a special loom. All Brooklyn Space sofa and chair velvets are made from polyester. Polyester is a synthetic material revered for its durability and longevity, meaning it can last you a lifetime if you take care of it. That is significant considering the over-production of fabrics worldwide. All fabrics, even those made of natural fibers, have a negative environmental impact. For example, the process for making cotton fabrics is extremely water-intensive, and the production of wool contributes immensely to greenhouse gas emissions.
Read below for tips and tricks for velvet cleaning!
Reusable lint rollers
(For spot cleaning and light daily maintenance)
These lint rollers have a sticky, but washable surface that allows them to effectively remove lint, pet hairs and other fibers quickly and easily. These are perfect for spot cleaning or light daily maintenance.
Upholstery vacuum attachment or turbo vacuum attachment.
(For regular maintenance)
Upholstery attachments have special fabric strips on the nozzle that are meant for use on most furniture fabrics. They are great for routine and spot cleaning.
The turbo vacuum attachment is best for deep cleaning. We recommend using this attachment only if your vacuum has a low power setting. The high or max power setting can be too rough on the fabric depending on the bristles used in the attachment. We recommend testing a small patch of fabric in a hidden or less visible spot before using this attachment on the entire sofa.
Cleaning up spills.
- Immediately blot the spill with a dry absorbent cloth. Apply light pressure until the liquid is soaked up. Do not rub the cleaning cloth against the velvet.
- Next, mix a small amount of clear soap and warm water. Dip a clean cloth in the soapy water and blot the spill, using light pressure.
- Gently wipe the fabric in the direction of the pile of the velvet. Do not scrub or rub the cleaning cloth back and forth over the spill.
- When the velvet has dried, use a soft bristle brush or the upholstery attachment on your vacuum with an upholstery attachment and brush over the spot to reset the pile of the velvet.
The key to effectively cleaning up spills is to be gentle and always move the cleaning towel in the same direction as the pile of the velvet. When possible, use a clear and unscented soap. Soaps with dyes or fragrances may stain the velvet.