How To: Take Care of Velvet Upholstery

Many of you love velvet, especially the blue kind, but either have a hard time keeping it clean or just haven't given in (to avoid such velvety dilemmas). You want it to retain its luster for years, you want to keep the hair and cat fur under control, you WANT VELVET. Here are some cleaning tips from around the web since we lack personal experience:

If it's hair and fuzz you've got:
• "Vacuum any accumulated dust or dirt with a special upholstery attachment for velvet. This will also remove any fuzz that has formed on the surface of the fabric. Run the attachment back and forth over the velvet until the dirt and fuzz are removed." (via eHow)
• If you don't have a vacuum attachment, "simply place a piece of pantyhose over the nozzle; it will work just as well. Lightly vacuum your velvet...fuzz and fur will vanish." (via Associated Content)

If you spill:
"The best thing you can do is take a clean, super-absorbent cloth or paper towel and soak up the excess liquid. Don't dab or rub the spill, as this will force the liquid deeper into the fibers. Instead, leave the cloth in place until most or all of the liquid has been absorbed. Then air-dry the fabric." (via Articlesbase)

If it's lost some sheen:
"Try directing a steamer at the reverse side of the matted areas to make the fibers fluffy again. Then dry brush the area, making sure the pile is going in the same direction." (via Contract Barstools)

Other suggestions welcome!

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