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How To Clean Suede

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Suede is a type of leather that makes for cute and warm looking garments, shoes and accessories. However, unlike leather, Suede is a more soft and vulnerable fabric that needs extra care and maintenance, because as you can tell it’s trickier to clean!

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you want to clean anything suede:

  • Don’t spot clean suede with just a cloth and water.
  • Don’t put liquids directly onto suede.
  • ALWAYS follow the care label and instructions!

Cleaning suede jacket and clothes:

For surface dirt: you can simply brush it off with a suede brush. Always brush in the same direction as your suede.

For any stains:

  1. First, use a suede brush to brush off any loose dirt on the fabric.
  2. Then, add a reasonable amount of cornflour (baking soda or talcum powder will do too!) to the stained area and leave for lengthy hours. After, use the suede brush to brush the cornflour away. You can always repeat this step until the stain is almost gone.  

For tougher stains:

Should the stain still not completely go after you’ve tried the above method, try this:

  • Mix water and white vinegar and dab a small amount onto a damp wash cloth and begin to dab/ lightly wipe away the remaining stain. Then proceed to sprinkling the cornflour (or powder of your choice) onto areas and let it sit for hours before brushing off.

If the stain on your suede is just way too tough and too tricky to get rid of, hand it over to a dry cleaner and let them get the stain out for you!

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Cleaning suede shoes:

Cleaning suede shoes is very much the same as cleaning suede garments. You can use the exact same methods, but since it’s footwear, you can also take these methods into mind when cleaning suede shoes:

For scuffed edges: Use a suede brush in a vigorous back and forth motion ONLY on the scuffed area, avoiding the undamaged suede areas.

For stubborn stains: Water is needed for stubborn stains so it will be necessary for you to wet the whole shoe to avoid any water marks.

  1. Use a small amount of water on a suede brush and lightly use to dampen the shoe.
  2. Scrub the stained the area, then leave to dry. After, you may proceed to spot clean any salt water marks with the diluted vinegar method.


Protecting your suede

Here are some pointers to help maintain and protect your suede garments:

  • Use suede protecting products: These help prevent your suede garments from getting dirty or stained. Best applied before wearing the garment and can be found anywhere online.
  • Don’t get it wet: Ideally you shouldn’t wear suede in rainy conditions as it might just ruin the fabric.
  • Store it well: Store your suede garments in a breathable and dry environment. Keep away from damp places!
  • Use cotton/ breathable bags to pack suede when travelling.

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