How to Wash a Velvet Dress

by Jane Frances ; Updated September 28, 2017

Velvet requires special care when laundering.

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Washing a velvet dress can be tricky, because velvet is notoriously difficult. It is very easy to damage velvet during the washing process because there is a high risk of actually crushing the weaving effect and changing the velvet texture to something much less appealing. There's nothing worse than velvet that has been ruined from a sloppy cleaning technique. With some special care you can save a hefty dry cleaning bill and learn to wash your velvet dress at home.

Items you will need

  • Laundry detergent for delicates
  • Soft cloth or wash cloth
  • Rubber tub
  • Cotton or terry bath towel
Step 1

Fill a rubber tub with a gallon of warm water and a capful of laundry detergent made for delicate fabrics, such as Woolite.

Step 2

Submerge the dress in the warm, soapy water and gently agitate the dress using your hands.

Step 3

Rinse thoroughly with cool, clean water until all of the soapy water is gone. Lay the dress out on a flat surface on top of a large cotton or terry bath towel, which will absorb additional water. Gently brush the nap of the velvet in the proper direction with a soft cloth or a washcloth.

Step 4

Hang the damp velvet dress on a wooden hanger and let it dry in a cool dry place.


  • Machine washing a velvet dress will ruin it.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Jane Frances has been writing since 1995. She has written and edited for a variety of national publications.