Velour is a material similar to velvet in feel and appearance. It is made of cotton most of the time, but can also be made of synthetics such as polyester. Velour was widely used in the past, especially the sixties. Most of the time when a professional cleaner is asked about cleaning this type of material it is on a piece of vintage upholstery. If you are trying to restore a piece of velour upholstery, your best bet is to call in a professional. Ask them if they have experience in cleaning this type of material. Also, do not expect miracles as the material is probably very old and stains on the fabric may have become set in.
Cleaning Velour Yourself
This is not recommended but if you would like to attempt the cleaning yourself, there is a way. We found instructions on the internet which might be helpful. As with any cleaning, test a hidden area and allow it to fully dry before proceeding with the entire piece. To perform the cleaning, you will need a soft bristle brush, a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment, a bucket, water, a mild dish soap, ammonia, a suede brush and muslin fabric. Muslin fabric is a light fabric that you can find at most fabric stores. Look for an unbleached piece of muslin.
Step 1: Use your soft bristle brush to gently remove as much dry soil as possible. Lightly brush the material, being careful to use gentle strokes.
Step 2: Now take your vacuum cleaner with the upholstery cleaning attachment and vacuum the entire piece of Velour upholstery. Don;t forget to get into all of the nooks and crannies.
Step 3: Fill your bucket with some warm, but not too hot, water and add a small amount of your mild detergent. If your upholstery is heavily soiled, a few drops of ammonia can also be used.Mix up the solution but do not whip it into a lather.
Step 4: Take your Muslin fabric and dip it into the bucket. Wring out the fabric so that it is almost completely dry.
Step 5: Rub the lightly moistened material on the upholstery using a gentle back and forth motion. Repeat as necessary until your Velour is clean being careful not to over wet the fabric. Change the cloth as needed when it becomes soiled.
Step 6: Allow the Velour to dry completely and then use your suede brush to restore the soft texture of your fabric.