How To Clean Suede
Need to know how to clean suede? It's easy to clean suede if you know what you're doing. Though soft and luxurious, suede is vulnerable to water damage and staining. While most people advise having suede professionally cleaned, if you follow these tips you may be pleasantly surprised with the results. Gather a few supplies and get started.
To clean suede, you'll need:
- Suede brush or soft-bristled brush
- Soft cotton cloth
- Paper towels
- White vinegar
- Pencil eraser
- Hair dryer (optional)
1. Start by gently brushing the suede in a circular motion. This will help loosen up dirt and debris, and get rid of scuff marks.
2. Wipe the stain with a soft cloth.
3. If the stain is persistent, try rubbing it with the pencil eraser. Do this gently or you may cause worn-out spots or dips in the material.
3. When the stain is gone, brush the suede again. This will help restore the nap.
1. Use paper towels or a cloth to soak up any excess liquid. If the stain is just water, skip steps 2 and 3.
2. Add a small amount of white vinegar to a cloth dampened with warm water. Apply it to the stain, blotting and rubbing until it's gone.
3. If you aren't satisfied with the results, you can use the brush dampened with warm water to gently scrub away the stain.
4. Allow the suede to air dry, or use a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting.
5. Brush again to restore the nap, and even out the surface.
The best way to keep suede clean is to use suede protector sprays twice a year. Never use harsh chemicals or excess water to clean suede, as this can damage the material permanently. If you have oil stains, it's best to have your suede professionally cleaned. Never store suede in a damp or humid place. It tends to absorb moisture, which can cause mold to grow.