Plush car seat cover is a special fabric usually reserved for evening wear or luxury items. This article refers to the range of velvets produced from silk, cotton, and synthetics.
1 Read the care label. If it has special instructions, be sure to follow them. It should say whether or not the velvet is washable. If so, proceed to wash it at home. If the velvet is cotton or silk in origin, rather than an easy-care, synthetic fabric, it is advisable to have it dry-cleaned. Cotton and silk velvets can have a tendency to dry out of shape and look ruined if washed at home.
2 Treat any stains prior to washing. If not, the stain might set and ruin the nap of the velvet. Use a cloth dampened in tepid water and dab the stain gently, moving up and down. Dab with a dry cloth to clear up an excess water. After trying to remove the stain, if it still appears to be there, the garment is best left to the dry cleaner.
3 Hand wash. Velvet that is washable at home should never be machine washed. It should be gently hand washed. Only use soap flakes.
4 Drip dry washable velvets. The garment should drip dry laid out on a flat rack. Use a clothes brush to restore the nap as it dries. Only brush in one direction.
5 Press. Do not iron velvet. Instead, hang the item in a steamy bathroom or over a boiling kettle or saucepan of water.