Velvet is a delicate fabric that is actually a very fine weave of several different fibers. It's also considered to be an expensive and exclusive fabric often used and worn by royalty. Because velvet is made from several different fibers, it can be extremely difficult to clean without being damaged. That's why it's important to exercise extreme caution when cleaning paint off a velvet jacket. Paint stains are among the most difficult to remove because they become embedded in the fabric. Once dry, paint can sometimes be impossible to clean off, especially from a velvet jacket.
Use a hand sanitizer to clean the paint. Apply a small amount onto the stained area, then use a toothbrush to scrub it off. Be very gentle as velvet is easily damaged. This is best done before the paint has had time to dry completely.
Have the velvet jacket professionally cleaned. Velvet is a very delicate weave of many different fibers. It can become irreversibly damaged if you're not careful. A professional cleaner will be able to remove the paint stain without ruining the jacket.
Use alcohol to clean off the paint from the velvet jacket. You can use a few ounces of vodka or rubbing alcohol. Apply the alcohol to the stained area, then use a soft bristled toothbrush to scrape off the paint. Make sure to scrape the paint off in a downward motion to prevent the delicate velvet fibers from being ripped off.
Spray some hairspray onto the stained area. Then use cotton swabs or a toothbrush to gently scrape off the paint. Try to apply the hairspray as soon as possible before the paint dries completely. The sooner you apply the hairspray, the faster it will be to clean off the paint.
Gently scrape off excess paint using a butter knife. Run warm water over the stain, working from the back of the fabric, then apply a small amount of dish washing liquid and rub deeply into the fabric. Don't wet the velvet directly. It's best to work from the back of the fabric to prevent the velvet fibers from tearing.
Maggie Hira has been writing professionally since 2006. She has written for numerous websites and print publications, including "LA.Direct Magazine" and The Budget Fashionista. Hira holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.