Things You'll Need:
- Jar with a lid
- Dish soap
Velvet is a smooth, soft fabric that is made of silk, cotton or synthetic fibers. It has a very short pile, which means that it is cut close to the base material. Velvet is manufactured in almost any color, although black is one of the more popular ones. Most velvet should be dry cleaned; however, spot cleaning can be done at home. To remove adhesive, such as fabric glue, from velvet, use a mild soap.
Pour 1/2 cup of water into a jar and add 1/2 tsp. of dish soap. Place the lid securely onto the jar and shake the jar vigorously for approximately 60 seconds. Look at the solution inside the jar and make sure that there is a thick layer of foamy soap bubbles on top of the water. If there is not a thick layer of bubbles, open the jar, add another 1/2 tsp. of soap and shake the jar again.
Insert a dry sponge into the jar and scoop up approximately 1 tbsp. of the soap suds. Do not dip the sponge down into the water of the jar.
Apply the soap suds to the area of the velvet that is stained with fabric glue. Rub the sponge gently back and forth over the velvet to loosen the stain.
Blot the area with a clean cloth to remove excess moisture.
Dip the sponge back into the jar and apply another tbsp. of soap suds onto it.
Place the sponge back onto the velvet and scrub the fabric glue stain again. Continue until the fabric glue is completely removed.
Blot the velvet a final time with the cloth and place the velvet in a location with good air circulation to dry.
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