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Can You Hand Wash Velvet?

Can you hand wash velvet that is "dry clean only"? Has anyone ever tried? I don't have a lot to lose as this is a runner that was on sale.

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Let me know if you have tried with success or failure to wash your velvet fabric.

Thank you!

Ginny

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January 13, 20050 found this helpful

I have before. Of course I wash MOST things that are "dry clean only." Just make sure after wards, you use a soft cloth, like a washcloth and "brush" it!

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By Pat (Guest Post)
January 14, 20050 found this helpful

I don't think I would wash velvet, but I have steamed it and then brushed with a clothes brush. Hope this helps

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January 14, 20050 found this helpful

Here's a good tip from Pioneer Thinking: "Brush good, then hang in a steamy bathroom".

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This seems safer than trying to wash it.

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January 14, 20050 found this helpful

Depends what its made of - some velvets are made with synthetic material that washes fine, others are cotton velvet that may end up with marks where the pile has settled in alternate directions. Does it have a label telling you what the fabric is? If you do decide to wash it hand wash, don't rub just swish around in the water and don't wring - drip dry on a flat rack.

Regards

Jo - who doesn't have any dry clean only clothes now - some of them say they are but they all go in the washer with everything else no problem!

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January 16, 20050 found this helpful

Try hand washing it if you are unsure. This has never failed me - a seamstress.

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

yes. but you have to brush the pile as it's drying, as the pile would stick together. brush gently.

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By marilyn (Guest Post)
December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Yes and at this time it looks awful!

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By a (Guest Post)
January 30, 20090 found this helpful

Can You machine Wash Cotton Velvet Duvet with dry clean only label?

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November 21, 20090 found this helpful

If I remember right from when I was young real velvet also has to be ironed and that has to be done on the wrong side of the fabric and I think over a bath towel.

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