How to clean velvet
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.
How to iron velvet
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.