How to Clean Velour Carpet and Upholstery
A carpet and upholstery that is as lush as it sounds is Velour. Adding not only comfort but also visual appeal to your home, that cannot be appreciated enough.
We saw in our previous blog that there are different types of carpets that have unique properties that make cleaning them a multi-way approach. In this blog, we are going to uncover the features of velour and how this is an important aspect that determines how to clean them. Let’s get started!
What is Velour?
Velour is also known as velvet or plush pile. It is a dense material and has a soft-velvety appearance. If you are someone who looks for sophistication and wants to achieve a semi-formal or classy look, this material for your carpet and upholstery is the perfect choice.
Features of a Velour Carpet:
Like many other things in life or decor for your home, the material velour needs careful analysis of it’s pros and cons to establish the best way to clean them.
- Perfect for High Traffic Areas: Due to velour’s durable nature and ability to offer superior comfort, it is the perfect choice for your living room and bedroom.
- Versatile and Aesthetically Pleasing: With a wide range of themes and designs, as well as it’s soft texture, it complements any space.
- Easily indented: This might seem like a contradiction but velour carpet can be easily indented by really high traffic areas and furniture. In order to ensure this doesn’t happen, vacuuming it regularly and consistently is key.
- Prone to Watermarking: When compared to other carpets, velour is prone to watermarking because of pile reversal which can occur due to poor installation. But do not panic, this is a natural occurrence with velour and is not a manufacturing defect.
How to Clean Velour Carpet & Upholstery
Step 1: Take a soft brush and start sweeping away as much dirt as you possibly can.
Step 2: Next, vacuum the velour carpet and upholstery with a brush attachment to loosen any remaining dirt.
Step 3: Now, take warm water and add a tiny amount of mild soap to the warm water and stir. Ensure you do not add in the soap all at once otherwise this can form clumps. Mix in the soap nicely to create soapy water. If you need a deeper cleaning, add some household ammonia.
Step 4: Use muslin fabric as this is a special material that is super gentle aand safeguards damaging the soft fibres of the velour. Dip this fabric piece into the soapy water and take it out until it just feels damp, please remember not to use excess water.
Step 5: Rub the damp cloth over the surface of your upholstery or your carpet, and ensure to use back and forth motion to clean. Keep repeating this until the surface of the upholstery or carpet is clean.
Step 6: Work with clean materials by changing the cloth and water as necessary.
Step 7: Allow the upholstery and carpet to dry thoroughly.
Step 8: Finally, brush the surface of the upholstery and your carpet with a suede brush to restore the soft and lush texture of the velour carpet.
Do’s and Don’ts to Keep in Mind When Cleaning Velour Carpet and Upholstery
- Do not steam clean velour carpet. This is because high heat can damage the material and cause discolouration.
- Do take help: Velour is a highly sensitive fabric and is best left in the hands of professionals. If your velour carpet and upholstery is very soiled or you do not want to risk damaging it that hire a knowledgeable and experienced professional to do the job.
- Do not use harsh cleaners: When choosing a liquid soap to clean the velour carpet and upholstery, avoid one with harsh additives and colours. A clear soap is the best option to go for.
How to Clean Velour Carpet and Upholstery for Varied Concerns
1. If your velour carpet and upholstery starts feeling hairy and fuzzy
In order to take care of this, you need to vacuum the dirt and dust by using a special attachment that is for velvet. This also helps by removing any frizz that has formed on the surface of your velour fabric by running the vacuum back and forth until you feel a smooth texture.
2. If you’ve spilled something on your velour carpet and upholstery
The best thing to do when you spill something on a carpet is hurry and blot it up quickly, and velour is no exception. Take a clean and absorbent White cloth or paper towel in order to soak up the excess liquid.
Make sure never to rub the area, instead just gently blot, or place the cloth on the spilled area so that it can absorb most of the liquid and leave it to air dry.
Next, if you have excess staining take a spray bottle that contains hydrogen peroxide and spray this, letting it sit on the carpet and upholstery. Remember to first color test an barely used and visible area of your furniture or carpet first.
3. If your velour carpet and upholstery has lost its lustre and sheen.
Use a steamer at the reverse side of the carpet or upholstery to ensure the fibres become fluffy again.
Then dry brush in a way that the pile goes in the same direction.
If all else fails, the only option you have is to take the help of a professional. Our experts at My.Fair Cleaning know the ins and outs of getting rid of the most difficult concerns when it comes to velour as well as have the most advanced equipment and right cleaners to do a fabulous job. Whether it’s velour carpet or upholstery, it provides your home a sophisticated look that adds flair, and of course no one should have to let that go.
So don’t wait up, it’s never too late to reach out to a professional.
Ali November 30, 2021 Carpet Cleaning