Good Questions: How Do You Clean a Velour Couch?

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Hello AT,

I bought this amazing circa-60s sectional couch on craigslist last week. It's in great shape but could use a good cleaning. I've looked into renting a steam cleaner, but there was a warning against heat cleaning velour...

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Should I rent a steam cleaner and test it out on the underside of a cushion? Or is there a better solution I should look into?

Thanks! Christina


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