Trouble with the Fabric? Here’s How To Clean Suede


Suede is such a great fabric, but it’s so difficult to clean. You can try all you want to keep yours from becoming dirty and needing a good wash, but when your shoes or handbag are made of suede, it’s almost impossible to avoid. If you’re looking to clean a gorgeous suede accessory, jacket or even piece of furniture, you’re going to want to know how to do it right. It’s not an easy fabric to work with – but nothing this gorgeous is without its complications. Here is how you clean your suede.

If you want to avoid a trip to the dry cleaner, you can. However, for deep, set in stains that aren’t coming out at home, you will want to take your suede clothing to the cleaners. They have specialty equipment that can help to remove the stains and dirt from this luxe fabric. Otherwise, just do it yourself at home.

Start by rubbing the surface of your suede with a towel. This towel must be clean and it needs to be the same color scheme as your fabric to prevent transfer. It also needs to be dry. This helps to bring up the nap of the fabric for easier cleaning. If the stain is small and not too deep, try to erase it with a simple pencil eraser. It might take a few minutes, but it typically works without incident. If the stain you want to clean is wet, use a dry paper towel to blot it until it dries and you can use your eraser on it.

Rub deeper stains with a white towel that’s been soaked in white vinegar. This helps to loosen problem stains and clean your fabric. Just remember that using vinegar will cause your item to smell a bit like vinegar, but that won’t be too much of a problem for very long.

Finally, if your stain has a bit of a lump to it, you can file it gently off with a nail file. Take your time with this as it can ruin the suede if you rub too fast or too hard. Once you are finished cleaning your suede item, use a suede brush to clean the fabric so that it looks brand new once again.

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