Some velvets are washable, and some aren’t- this depends on the velvet’s fibers. If you do wash velvet, turn it inside out to reduce lint. You can restore crushed pile by hanging it over a steaming bathtub and gently brushing. Caution: Never iron velvet, steam it instead. Velveteen: Velveteen refers to cotton or cotton blend velvets. Most of these are washable- check the care label.