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Woven, tufted fabric with threads cut to form a short, dense pile. Originally made of silk, now also made with cotton, rayon, or synthetic fibers. Its distinctive texture easily attracts lint and dust.

What Is Velvet

Velvet is an opulent, textured fabric for a night out on the town and the winter holidays, but it has increasingly carved out a place for itself in our daytime wardrobes. While many of us have no reservations about integrating this fabric into our wardrobes, when it comes to washing velvet, we’re not as confident. So we’ve created a line of nontoxic products and expert care tips to keep your velvet items looking amazing for years to come.

Can you wash velvet? It’s a question we often get asked at The Laundress, along with ‘how to wash velvet?’ and ‘can you put velvet in the dryer?’

The answer is yes and no. Some velvet items are unlaunderable, such as blazers, suits, and upholstery. For these items, we recommend spot treating only with our Wash & Stain Bar and Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. For velvet that can be laundered, we recommend pretreating with the Stain Solution and Wash & Stain bar, especially on stain-susceptible areas such as underarms, necklines, hemlines, and cuffs.

Keep reading for more washing velvet best practices. Want even more fabric care tips? Check out the Clean Talk Blog.


When washing, always pretreat stains with Stain Solution or the Wash & Stain Bar. Focus on susceptible areas such as underarms, necklines, and cuffs.

Stain Solution is ideal for protein and tannin stains, such as wine, coffee, ink, grass, urine, blood, and old, set-in stains such as pit stains.

The Wash & Stain Bar works the material to remove dirt, grease, oil, and makeup.

To remove odor, presoak the item for 30 minutes in cool water mixed with ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar.

Spot Treat

For unlaunderable items such as blazers, suiting, and upholstery, spot treat only.

To spot treat, wet the Wash & Stain Bar and gently work into the stained area(s).

Remove soap and dirt with a wet Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth—be sure to remove all soap.

Dampen the cloth as needed, and repeat the process until satisfied.


Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing velvet.

Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of Delicate Wash to a washbasin or sink filled with cool water.

Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.

Rinse well by running tepid water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item.

Machine Wash

Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag. Select the delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low.

Add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash according to the machine and load size.

Velvet attracts lint, which is difficult to remove once it has attached itself to the dense pile.

Wash the item inside out, and do not wash with materials that produce lint (such as fleece jackets, towels, and sweaters). Wash with like colors and fabrics only.

Dry & Finish

Lay the item flat, hang to dry, or put in the dryer on the “fluff” setting to prevent a crushed velvet appearance.

Steam after washing to remove wrinkles. Never iron, as ironing will crush or flatten the natural pile.

To freshen items between wears, spritz with Fabric Fresh Classic.

To remove lint and fuzz from velvet clothing, use the Clothing & Upholstery Brush.

Cohabiting with lovable, furry pets? Use the Clothing & Upholstery Brush to eliminate fur and pet hair from velvet upholstery.


A velvet item such as a skirt or dress can be hung on a hanger; however, be mindful of clips because they can leave marks on the material.

Always store items clean.

We recommend storing in a breathable cotton Hanging Garment Bag to protect items from bugs.

Storing in plastic encourages yellowing and can trap mildew-causing moisture, a prime environment for bugs.

Shop the Laundry List

Wash & Stain Bar

Spot-treat Stains

Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths

Lint Free for Cleaning and Spot Treating

Stain Solution 16 fl oz

Removes Old & New Stains

Scented Vinegar 16 fl oz

Clean & Deodorize

Delicate Wash 16 fl oz

Silk, Synthetics & Blends

Mesh Washing Bag Bundle

Wash & Protect your Items in the Wash

Fabric Fresh Classic 8 fl oz

Freshens & Deodorizes

Clothing & Upholstery Brush

Reduce Lint, Fuzz & Pills

Hanging Garment Bag

Get it Monogrammed

Pet & Lint Brush