How to Get Stains Out of Velvet

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • 1-qt. spray bottle

  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar

  • 2 cups water

  • Brush


Do not scrub the velvet. It will damage the texture.

Velvet's texture poses a cleaning challenge.

Because of its texture, velvet is harder to clean than many other fabrics. Its texture is one of its most appealing attributes. Damaging the fibers will not only ruin the texture, but will change the fabric's appearance. To prevent ruining the fabric, avoid scrubbing and use gentle cleaners. Harsher cleaners, like bleach, can discolor or weaken the fabric fibers. Clean the stain as soon as you can.


Step 1

Fold the paper towels into fourths. Dab the stain if it is wet to remove as much liquid as possible. Remove any pieces of items that caused the stain (like food chunks).

Step 2

Pour water and vinegar into an empty, clean spray bottle. Mist the stain, but do not soak it.

Step 3

Blot the vinegar water from the stain. The vinegar water will remove the stain.

Step 4

Sprinkle baking soda over the stain if it remains. Let it sit on the stain for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Brush off the baking soda.



Racheal Ambrose

Racheal Ambrose started writing professionally in 2007. She has worked for the minority publishing company Elite Media Group Inc., Ball Bearings online magazine, "Ball State Daily News" and "The Herald Bulletin." Her articles focus on minority and women's issues, children, crafts, housekeeping and green living. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ball State University.