If the velvet sakko becomes stained or needs cleaning to remove body soil and sweat, you
will get the best results with professional dry cleaning. Dry cleaning will protect the fabric
finish as well as the interior structure of the garment.
You can freshen a velvet garment at home by using steam.
Steam will help remove odors, lift the pile if it has been crushed, and remove creases that
come from sitting. Always steam on the wrong side of the fabric only.
For very light wrinkles and to help remove odors like cigarette smoke or cooking odors,
hang the velvet garment over a bathtub filled with very hot water in a steamy bathroom. Use
a sturdy, preferably padded, hanger to prevent shoulder marks. Allow the steam to penetrate
the fabric for at least fifteen minutes and then allow the velvet garment to air dry at room
temperature. Do not wear velvet while still damp because creases will become more difficult
to remove later.
When a spill or stain occurs on velvet clothes, use a dull-edged knife or the edge of a credit
card to lift away any solids. Blot up any liquids with a plain, white cloth. Do not rub or attempt
to clean the stains. Instead, as quickly as possible, head to the dry cleaner. Point out and
identify the stain.
Technically, you should never iron velvet. Velvet should be steamed. Velvet fabric has a pile
or extra fibers added to the weave of the fabric and then clipped to make the lush texture.
Ironing will crush the fibers and leave a near-permanent imprint.