How To Get Salt Off Suede

Salt stains can be daunting, especially when wondering how to get salt off suede. Suede is a leather material with a napped surface that results in a velvet like texture. The salt stain in suede results in a thin white line on the surface once it has dried.

To clean a salt stain in suede you will need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Rag
  • 2 Soft, Dry, Clean Cloths
  • Towel
  1. Mix equal parts of the vinegar and water together. You can measure or eyeball it, just try to make the solution as equal as possible. You don't want to remove the salt stain only to have suede reek of vinegar.
  2. Soak the rag in your vinegar and water solution. You do not want the rag sopping wet, just wet enough to have absorbed the solution.
  3. Dab the salt stain with the rag. Make sure to only rub the area where the actual stain is. It is not advisable to get the rest of the suede wet.
  4. Wet one of the soft, dry, clean cloths with water. Do not saturate the cloth, just allow it to get damp.
  5. Rub the area of the stain with the cloth that has been moistened with water. This is to remove any of the vinegar smell from the suede.
  6. Wipe the damp, previously stained area with the towel. If the stain is still visible repeat steps two through six until the stain is completely removed or faint.
  7. Dry the suede away from heat sources as well as radiators. Heat will make the suede stiffen up.
  8. Buff the suede gently with the remaining clean cloth.

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.


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