From furniture to shoes, suede is a great material to have, but it’s a pain to clean. The nap seems to trap spills, which can seem impossible to get out. To remove stains from suede, you do have several options other than a professional cleaning, which can be pricey. The following household products will help you clean suede stains quickly and easily for little or no money. Use these tips to get stains out of suede and have your things looking as good as new.
Leather Protection Spray
Treating your suede with leather protection spray before you use it will help you clean suede stains down the road. Check the label to make sure it’s formulated for suede and use it in an inconspicuous place first to make sure the color doesn’t run. But if you treat your suede ahead of time, you will have a much easier time removing suede stains later.
To clean suede stains that are dry, or to clean marks off of suede, use a pencil eraser. Simply “erase” the stain from the suede until it is no longer visible. When you are done, rub the suede with a bath towel or use a suede brush to restore some of its nap. You can also use a special suede eraser, which is sold for this purpose.
For wet stains, simply use a paper towel to get stains out of suede. Blot up any excess liquid with the towel and let dry. If the stain is very bad, this is a good first step to protect the suede as much as possible before a professional cleaning. When the stain dries, brush the suede to restore the nap.
For stains on suede shoes or other surfaces, put some white vinegar on a lightly dampened cloth and rub the stain until it comes out. This also helps get rid of strong odors, though the vinegar itself will leave a slight odor for a little while. Brush the shoes with a suede brush once the area has dried. Place absorbent towels inside the shoes while they dry to absorb an excess liquid and help the shoes maintain their shape.
For tough suede stains, especially on heavily-soiled suede items like a jacket or gloves, a mixture of cold water and glycerin soap works well to remove stains from suede. Simply take a clean cloth, dip it in the mixture, and scrub in circular motions until the stain is removed. Lay the garment out flat to dry and brush with a suede brush when dry to restore the nap.
For dry clumps of dirt or dry scuff marks, try removing them from the suede with a fingernail file. Be gentle so you don’t ruin the fabric or the nap; work in short, light strokes to clean suede stains until they come off. Then rub a towel over the fabric to restore the nap.
Since suede is such a sensitive fabric, it’s best to have tough stains cleaned professionally. This is also a good preventative measure to use every couple of years to help suede garments last longer and look their best.