How To Clean Grease Stains In Suede

Grease stains are always the hardest to remove and knowing how to clean grease stains in suede can seem impossible. Suede is leather material with a napped surface that results in a velvet like texture which allows the oil in a grease stain to settle into the fabric. Despite the nature of the fabric, there is a simple trick you can use to remove the stain at home.

To clean a grease stain in suede you will need

  • Cornstarch or Baby Powder
  • Soft Bristled Toothbrush
  • White Vinegar
  • Soft, Dry, Clean Cloth
  1. Lightly dab the cornstarch or baby powder into the grease stain. Allow the talc to sit on the stain at least 12 hours to absorb the oil.
  2. Brush the powder off after the 12 hour period. Do nut rub in the powder.
  3. Assess if the grease has been absorbed. If not repeat steps 1 and 2 until it is a dry stain.
  4. Dip the toothbrush into vinegar and gently brush back and forth across the stain.
  5. Dab the suede with the cloth to absorb any excess moisture.
  6. Assess again, if the stain is still visible repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain is very faint or completely removed.
  7. Buff the suede gently with the cloth and allow the material to air dry.

You may have to repeat several steps multiple times. Be very gentle when rubbing and buffing the suede to maintain as much of the nap as possible. You may faintly smell vinegar immediately after, the smell will soon fade.


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