How To Wash A Velvet Dress So You Don’t Ruin Your Party

Velvet is a pretty unique fabric, and there are correct ways to clean a velvet dress. Follow these simple steps so that you learn how to wash a velvet dress at home.

Luxury winter wear doesn’t fully exist without having a velvet dress in your closet, at least to me! Velvet dresses are a timeless winter capsule wardrobe essential that allows you to enjoy any special luxurious holiday party!

There are a variety of instructions for clothing cleaning differs depending on the type of fabric. Velvet is made with so many different components from silk to cotton, nylon, mohair or even wool. Thats why it requires special attention.

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Correct Ways To Clean A Velvet Dress

Correct Ways To Clean a Velvet Dress So You Don't Ruin Your Party

Some velvet dresses like stretchy knit velvet and very fine weaved velvet must be dry-cleaned by professionals. However, crushed velvet is usually safe enough to hand wash at home or even machine wash. Use the correct ways to clean a velvet dress and make your clothes smell good all the time.

Here are the correct ways to clean a velvet dress so it lasts for many winters to come. Listed below are proven methods to wash a velvet dress at home!


How To Steam Velvet To Remove Wrinkles

Correct Ways To Clean a Velvet Dress So You Don't Ruin Your Party

Hanging the garment in a steamy bathroom will work to remove light wrinkles. After steaming, use a soft cloth brush and lightly brush from top to bottom.

The best tip is to use a steamer to freshen your dress. If you don’t feel like taking a dress to the cleaners, this works best when you want to remove wrinkles.

When using steamer, don’t hold it too close or stay in one spot too long, you may damage the fabric. Sprinkle with fabric freshening spray afterward, and then you’ll be good to go.


Never Iron Velvet

Correct Ways To Clean a Velvet Dress So You Don't Ruin Your Party

Never iron velvet, it can crush the pile of tiny fibers you feel when you brush your hand over a piece of velvet clothing. Velvet should only be steamed!

If you use an iron to remove wrinkles, only allow the steam to penetrate the fabric. Never place the face plate of the iron directly on the fabric!


Try Homemade Stain Remover

If you have a stain on a velvet dress and don’t want to take it to the dry cleaner, there is opportunity to clean the stain at home. Velvet dresses can be cleaned naturally with a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice.

This two ingredients mixture can help remove tough stains. Make sure you use a very diluted solution of this mixture and test it on a small patch of your velvet dress first.


How To Machine Wash Velvet Dress

Correct Ways To Clean a Velvet Dress So You Don't Ruin Your Party

Some velvet items are ok to machine wash. The clothing labels will give you clear instructions on whether or not you can machine wash. Generally, crushed velvet and polyester blended velvets will be good to machine wash.

Velvet fabrics are typically stretchy, so avoiding washing in hot water if you don’t want your dress to shrink. Cold water washing is the correct ways to clean a velvet dress!


Dry Cleaning Is Best Idea When You Have This App

Correct Way To Clean Velvet Dress So You Don't Ruin Your Party

Velvet is one of the most common fabrics you’ll need to dry clean. The most expensive type of velvet is the 100% pure velvet, which consists of acetate and viscose blend. On your dress, you will see the cleaning instructions on the label specifying the type of the velvet the garment is. If you invested in an expensive dress, dry clean it just to be safe!

I have been very successful using the Rinse app with my velvet dresses and many other special fabric clothes. Works especially well when I had a busy 8-6 work schedule. I used to live a hectic city lifestyle and faced horrible traffic to get any errands done.

Our tiny mobile RV home has a limited function washing machine that works well, but is not ideal for all clothing. Just in case, download the app on your smartphone and set a schedule. The Rinse crew will come to your door and pick up the laundry bag. They will deliver your fresh clothes wherever you are! If you try today you will get a Free Rinse, sign up here!


How To Store Velvet Clothes For Next Season

Correct Way To Clean Velvet Dress So You Don't Ruin Your Party

Velvet dresses should always be hung in your closet and never folded when it comes to storing. When it is folded, it will leave creases that are really difficult to remove. Use a sturdy, padded hanger to prevent shoulder marks on your dress.

When storing for a longer period of time, its best to cover the dress with breathable, washable fabric storage bag. Plastic is not recommended because it can trap moisture that can damage fibers and promote mildew growth in some areas. Temperature wise, its also best to store in a cool, dry area that does not have any huge temperature changes.


These tips will help you properly wash and care for your favorite velvet dress. As a result, it will be ready to wear for any special occasion. Most importantly, don’t forget to also read the care label on any velvet clothes before performing any cleaning methods.

How do you wash a velvet dress at home?

Share your ways to clean a velvet dress with us!


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Correct Ways To Clean a Velvet Dress So You Don't Ruin Your Party

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I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

  1. Great information to know. I dont have a velvet dress but after looking at these dresses, I need to buy one.

  2. This post is right what I need now. I love my velvet dresses, and I’m always looking for the best ways to clean them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Those are some beautiful velvet dresses. I know my daughter has had a few of them. I will have to keep this in mind for the future if I have to clean any of them.

  4. I’ve actually never owned a velvet dress but I can imagine how hard it must be to maintain. These are some great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is a fantastic post, I have a pair of velvet pants that need some care so I will follow your post.

    1. That is encouraging! Hope these tips are helpful for you to easily clean and maintain your velvet pants for a long time!

  6. I haven’t historically been a fan of velvet dresses, but the ones you’ve shown are gorgeous! I may have to pick one up, now that I know how to properly care and clean one!

  7. So informative. My girlfriend is very happy to know all of those. I’ll share to my friends too. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh my God! I can’t thank you enough for this post. I am going big on the velvet trend and have bought quite a few velvet items already. Sooner or later I would have surfed the net looking for ways to take care of my velvets.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Its sure is the latest trend. Really happy the content is useful for others. I enjoyed writing this post 😉

  9. There has been more than once that I have been wearing something that I had no idea how to clean. Albeit, I don’t have a velvet dress, but you never know in the future! I think that this will come in handy!

  10. Thank you. We are glad that others find it enjoyable to read and helpful in their velvet clothing care and maintenance.

  11. I did not know that velvet was some what easy to clean. I always thought that any stains run it. Thank you for sharing I am sure it will help a lot of people this season.

    1. Please share this post so that others may find useful tips to clean their velvet dresses looking amazing 🙂

  12. I haven’t had a velvet dress in the longest time! But after reading your post, I feel confident I would be able to clean and care for one appropriately. Thank you 🙂

    1. With a little love and care, its easy to maintain velvet material sso it looks great for years to come!

  13. Wow so many lovely velvet dresses. It’s good to know what how to clean them without causing damage.

    1. Ya this post is full of helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your velvet clothing and keeping you looking great!

  14. Wow you really covered it all! From stains to cleaning to folding to storing away. It’s definitely a trend right now to have velvet dresses and tops. So very smart of you to put together a post like this! You have some excellent tips!

    1. Thank you so much for the encouraging compliment! Velvet is on trend and I’m just following my fashion designer background 😉

  15. I don’t wear velvet that much, but this was a very interesting post! I never knew that it is a no no to iron velvet, also that app seems super cool and useful!

    1. Thank you I am happy that others are finding the velvet care information in this post to be helpful and useful. Please share 😉

  16. Wow, I would have never thought about any of this! I don’t even separate my clothes lol! Thanks for the tips 🙂

    1. Happy that you found this content pertinent to you. Velvet dresses can be easily maintained for a long time. 🙂

  17. I love a red velvet dress but it is true that I never really knew how to wash and store them. These tips are very helpful!

    1. Thank you for the encouraging comment. Love sharing helpful tips and tricks that others find useful. Thank you for the positive feedback! 🙂

  18. Good tips to keep velvet dresses looking good long after purchase and that first debut. (But even so, not sure I would wear a white velvet party dress, no matter how fabulous it looks!)

  19. I have destroyed so many pieces of velvet clothing. I am so pinning this article, thanks for passing it one

  20. These are some great tips! I have always wondered how to make sure a velvet dress stays in great condition.

  21. Now I know that I should not iron velvet as otherwise it can ruin the fabric. Would you suggest steaming it instead do you think? x

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