How to Clean Suede Home Items

Suede shoes, because they have a nappy surface and scuff very easily. Scuffs can be difficult to clean, so it’s best to keep people and pets from stepping on them. But scuffed or not, suede is going to get dirty at some point and must be cleaned. So let see how to clean suede material household stuff

When talking about suedes, we have to distinguish between suede- the leather, and suede- the fabric. The fabric only imitates the rough surface of suede leather.

Suede leather is used in a number of products, including upholstery, gloves, jackets, and handbags. Also used for shoes, probably the best-known brand of suede shoes is Hush Puppies, made from pig hide. Suede shoes may also be made of doeskin and cowhide.

How to Keep Suedes Clean.

How To Clean Suede

Suede gets dirtier faster and is more difficult to clean. It also stains easily; even water stains it, so suede shoes and jackets are not appropriate for exceedingly wet climates. Water also damages the leather, making it darker, less supple, weakening the leather by removing oils, and making it look scuffed. Suede may be waterproofed or stain-proofed, but it’s no guarantee against possible staining and damage.

Should you get a suede article soaked in a downpour, you should blot as much water from the garment as is possible with paper or cloth towels, then simply let the article dry at room temperature. Do not apply heat to speed drying. Stuff wet shoes with absorbent paper so that they hold their shape as they dry. Same with suede hats; in fact, for any kind of hat that gets wet, it’s good to have a wooden form the size of your head to put it on while drying.

How to Clean Stains Off Suede

To clean stains off of suede, take the following steps;

If your suede item isn’t too dirty, you may not need to go any further! But for really set-in stains or dirt, you’ll want to use the eraser that came with your suede cleaning kit.

  • Rub the surface of the garment with a clean bath towel. This brings up the nap.
  • Remember to wipe in the direction of the grain and avoid any vigorous back and forth motion.
  • Try to remove small, dry stains through the judicious use of a clean suede eraser. Small stains that are still wet should be blotted up by putting a paper towel on it and a weight on top of the towel. For either kind of stain, avoid using a chemical stain remover.
  • If there are lumps of dirt or dry scuff marks that won’t come off this way, try rasping them off with a fingernail file. Be gentle.
  • Body oil stains on clothing and suede furniture can be removed with a degreaser leather cleaner made especially for suede.

How To Clean Suede Shoes or Boots

 Cleaning suede boot can be quite the ordeal because if you do it wrong, you could ruin your beloved booties. But if you do it right,  your beautiful boots will reach their maximum potential lifespan and remain in pristine condition through hundreds of wears. Here is how to clean suede boots with everyday household items—because it’s so much easier than you think, and set yourself up for a lifetime guarantee of spotless suede boots.

How to Clean Your Suede Shoes or Boots with a Suede Brush

  • Brush Vigorously Using Suede Brush
  • Lightly brush the stained areas in one direction. Brushing in one direction helps to remove the surface layer of dirt from the fibers.
  • Once you’re done, brush the stains again using a back-and-forth motion. Brush with a little more force too! You’re trying to get to the ground-in dirt that’s trapped beneath the surface.
  • Your last step (if cleaning suede shoes) is to brush the shoe gently with a wire suede brush.
How To Clean Suede Shoes

When using a suede brush to clean your shoes, be sure to brush only in the direction of the fibers, and avoid moving the brush back and forth over the surface. Because even a bit of moisture can leave a permanent stain on suede, be sure your boots are completely dry when you go to brush them.

How to Clean Suede Using White Vinegar or Rubbing Alcohol

  • If you have some even tougher stains on your shoes, like salt, food, or wine, pour a little white vinegar on a clean cloth, and gently wipe the affected areas.
  • Grab some plain white vinegar or rubbing alcohol, and pour a bit onto a white washcloth. Don’t be afraid unlike water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol won’t stain suede.
  • Rub the dampened cloth onto the stain.
  • Allow the leather to dry before assessing your success.  Once it’s dry, use the brush to fluff the fabric back up and brush away any loosened dirt. After drying, the garment will reek of vinegar for a while – but it will eventually fade. And, Voila! Your suede will look clean, lustrous, and fabulous!

How To Clean Suede With Razor

This helps to restore the smooth texture to your suede.

Suede fabric can start to look a bit stringy after a while, but it’s easy to take care of using a plain old shaving razor. Gently shave the strings off the fabric wherever you notice them. After using the razor, use your brush to brush away the stringy bits.

How To Clean Suede Using Suede Spray

Apply Suede Protectant Spray according to the package directions.

You can find suede protectant sprays online, and a lot of them are fairly inexpensive. Not only will this spray keep your suede cleaner for longer, but it will also make it easier to clean in the future!

How to Clean Suede Jackets and Accessories

Suede jackets and accessories should be tackled in much the same way as cleaning suede boots and shoes, but there are some slight differences in the methods and the suede cleaners that should be used.

How to Clean Suede Jackets and Accessories

To Clean a Suede Jacket

  • Start with a suede brush to loosen the fibers of the fabric. This will get rid of any surface dirt, and give greater access to deep, ground-in stains.
  • To remove stains – especially oily residues or sweat marks – apply a thin layer of cornflour to the jacket and leave for a few hours or overnight. The cornflour will absorb the stains and lift them out of the material.
  • Use a suede brush to remove the flour.
  • Steam cleaning also works well for removing stains from suede jackets, but be careful not to over-saturate the material. The best way to steam clean a suede jacket is to hang it in a steamy bathroom, following a hot bath or shower.

How to Remove a Wet Stain From a Suede Jacket

  • Use a clean, soft cloth to blot away as much moisture as possible.
  • Put the cloth directly over the stain and apply some pressure to draw the moisture away from the suede jacket and into the cloth.
  • Keep turning the cloth to a clean, dry area and continue blotting.
  • When no more moisture is transferring, allow the suede jacket to dry completely away from direct heat.
  • If the stain is gone, just use a suede brush to restore the nap.

How to Clean Suede Bags/Purses

Suede bags can be difficult to clean, but they do require cleaning now and then. If you have noticed that your suede bag could use a good cleaning, or if your suede bag has a stain that you do not know how to remove, then there are several things you can try.

Methods of Cleaning Suede Bags

There are several ways of cleaning your suede bags and purses at home. Let’s look at a few simple methods;

Keep your suede purse dry – The first rule of cleaning a suede bag is to avoid using any water on the suede fabric because the water will discolor your suede. Don’t wet the suede at all or even use a damp cloth on it.

If you feel like a little moisture is necessary, then you can hold your suede bag above some steam. For example, you could hold the suede bag above a mug of hot water for a few seconds and then brush it clean.

Brush the suede to remove fibers and dirt – A brush is the best tool for cleaning suede. You can use a brush to do a basic cleaning on your suede bag or use it as a spot treatment for stains. Brush the suede going in one direction to clean away dust and dirt from your bag. You can also use small back and forth motions to take care of stains.

Other Methods

Rub a clean eraser over stained and scuffed areas – A clean pencil eraser can also be a useful item for cleaning a suede purse. You can rub a pencil eraser over any minor stains, scuffs, or discolored areas to help restore them to normal.

Make sure to use a new and clean eraser to do this. If the eraser is dirty then you might end up transferring the dirt to the suede material.

Use a suede leather cleaner on your bag – You can get specialty cleansers meant for cleaning suede. These are great for the general maintenance of your suede bag. However, do not use a cleanser that is meant for regular leather or another material because it may damage your suede bag. And don’t forget to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using a suede cleanser.

Apply some vinegar or rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth – Vinegar and rubbing alcohol are safe to use on suede, and they can help to brighten up the look of suede that has gotten dingy or dirty over time. To use vinegar or rubbing alcohol to clean a suede bag, pour a small amount onto a clean cloth. Use just enough to make the cloth damp. Then, begin to rub the suede with the cloth to clean the suede. Repeat until the stain is all gone. Let the suede dry completely after applying vinegar or rubbing alcohol.

How to Clean Suede Bags/Purses

How to Remove Stains Off Suede Bags

The following methods can help you remove stains of all types from that your beloved suede bag or purse;

Fresh Spills – When you first spill something on your suede bag, be sure to blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel. This will help to remove excess moisture and minimize the damage of the spill.

 Take a clean cloth or paper towel and press it over the area of the spill. Do not rub the area! Use multiple towels or cloths if necessary.

Fresh Stains – Use cornstarch or talcum powder on fresh stains, if you have just spill some oil or liquid on your bag, then blot it dry with a clean cloth or paper towel and then sprinkle some cornstarch or talcum powder onto the area and let it sit overnight. This will help to soak up the residue left by the liquid. The following day, tap off the powder and use a brush to remove the excess.

Remove the rest of the stain by cleaning the area with an eraser, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol.

Other Instances

Mud Stain – Allow mud to dry before trying to remove it. If you try to clean mud off of a suede bag while it is still wet, you will only make matters worse. As hard as it might be to leave the mud on your bag, you are better off waiting for it to dry completely before trying to remove it. After the mud dries, use a brush to remove the dried dirt from your bag.

Wax or Gum –  If you end up getting wax or gum on your bag, then you can remove it by freezing your bag first. This will harden the wax or gum and then you can pull or chip it off in pieces.

Don’t use any sharp objects to remove the wax or gum from your suede bag. Use your fingers or a brush.

How to Clean a Suede Couch

How to Clean a Suede Couch

It doesn’t matter how careful or protective of the couch we are. At some point, an accident will happen. Whether it is dropped food or a spilt drink the result is the same, a stain. Use the methods below, to get the stains out of your suede couch.

Also Read: How To Clean Your Couch: Detailed Guide 2019

To Remove Wet Stains and Spills From a Couch

  • Moisten a clean cloth with either a suede cleaner or white vinegar.
  • Gently rub the affected area using small circular motions or in a cross pattern.
  • Let the area dry and then polish with the suede cloth or brush with the napping brush.
  • Clean spills as soon as possible to prevent further staining.

How to Remove Dry Stains From Couch

  • Brush the stain with a suede brush gently to remove any loose dirt.
  • Use a suede eraser or a brown gum eraser to completely remove the stain.
  • If the stain is stubborn and can’t be removed with an eraser, you can use a small piece of sandpaper to rub it away. Gentleness is key here, so don’t scrub the stain as you will only damage the suede.
  • When the stain is gone, use a suede napping brush to bring the fabric back to its former glory.

How to Remove Grease Stains from a Suede Couch

Here is an easy method of removing grease stains from suede couch that doesn’t involve a trip to the dry cleaner’s.

  • Gently pat talcum powder or cornstarch into the grease stain and let it sit overnight.
  • The powder you use will absorb the oils in the grease.
  • Brush or vacuum the powder off on the next day.
  • Use a brown gum eraser or suede eraser to remove any remaining traces of the stain.

You might have to repeat this two or three times to completely remove the grease stain.

How to Remove Blood Stain from a Suede Couch

Blood can be a difficult stain to remove from most fabrics, but there is a surprisingly simple removal method for blood-stained suede.

  • Mix warm water and soap. Be sure to make as many bubbles as possible.
  • Using a clean sponge, gently rub the stain using only the foam. Use small rubbing motions to avoid spreading the stain.
  • Wipe the area with a clean, soft cloth until it is dry.

Also Read: How To Clean A Fabric Couch

Additional Tips on Cleaning Stains Off Suede

To Remove Water Stains

This is a case where it helps to “fight fire with fire.” Use a damp brush to lightly wet the stain, then soak up any excess water with a paper towel. Let it dry overnight. Don’t try to quick dry the item, and avoid drying it in direct sunlight because it may cause the color to fade. Allow damp suede to slowly dry away from direct heat or sunlight.

To Remove Oil or Grease Stain

As soon as possible, sprinkle the stain with baby powder, foot powder or cornstarch to absorb the oil. You should see the powder begin to look oily after an hour or let it sit overnight and it should then be brushed away with a soft brush. Repeat the process until the powder no longer changes color or texture. Next, brush well to restore the nap of the suede.

To Remove Mud

Let the mud dry before cleaning your item. Once it dries you should be able to break it off in chunks. Use your brush to get rid of smaller pieces of dirt.

To Remove Wax or Gum

Put your item in the freezer to harden the wax or gum. Then break it off in chunks and brush away smaller particles.

To Remove Blood Stain

Pour a bit of hydrogen peroxide on a paper towel or cotton ball and lightly dab at the stain until it comes out.

To Remove Ink Stain

Dab at the ink with a paper towel to absorb some of the ink if it’s still wet. If the ink has set, you can use rubbing alcohol to try and lift the stain. You may also need to scrub it with your special suede eraser.


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