How to Clean Suede Couch

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Suede is a beautiful material, but it is also one of the most difficult materials to clean. While many people have no trouble cleaning their couch or chair, there are plenty who struggle with this seemingly simple task. If you own suede furniture and want to learn how to clean your upholstery properly, then keep reading.

This guide will teach you everything that you need to know about cleaning suede furniture. You'll discover what products work best for cleaning different types of stains on fabric, as well as methods and techniques that will help you get rid of those unsightly spots in no time at all.

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Practice Regular Maintenance

The best way to keep your suede furniture clean is with regular maintenance. This will not only eliminate the need for more in-depth cleaning sessions. It will ensure that your sofa stays healthy and looks beautiful for a long time.

Once the spilled drinks and stains are set on your couch, your suede fabric won't look the same, no matter how brilliant your sofa might be. It might start looking dark and become spotty in certain areas as stains settle on your furniture over time. To prevent the stains from setting in by practicing regular maintenance

Clean With a Soft Brush

Use a soft brush or sponge and lukewarm water to clean the surface of your leather couch. Make sure you do not use soaps, detergents, solvents, or ammonia-based cleaners, as they will ruin the color and texture of your couch.

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Use a soft brush to gently rub off any dirt from the surface of your couch. This will keep your sofa in good shape as well as give it a shine. Do not use a brush or sponge which is too harsh and abrasive; else, you will end up spoiling the look of your suede couch.

Vacuum Regularly and Suitably

 Use a vacuum cleaner to clean any debris and hair tousled on the surface of your suede furniture. This will keep the furniture looking neat and tidy, which will make you want to use it more often. Vacuuming is one of the most important steps on how to clean suede upholstery or any fabric for that matter.

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A good vacuum must have powerful suction, a rotating brush for cleaning carpets, and an adjustable nozzle. Vacuuming will help eliminate dust and pet dander from your couch which will help reduce the allergens that cause sneezing and coughing. It will also remove pet hair that tends to cling to the base of suede couches, thus giving it a fresher look.

Remove Wet Stains

If you notice any spill on your couch, take action right away. Blotting is not enough and only makes the stain worse. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to soak up as much liquid from the suede couch as possible. Clean any remaining traces with a detergent-free upholstery cleaner and blot until dry.

Suede is very sensitive to moisture and liquid, and this can damage luxurious furniture. Follow the manufacturer's care instructions when applying spots treatment, and make sure to test the cleaning solution on a small corner of the couch before you apply it. Leave it for a few minutes after applying treatment, then rinse the area with a damp clean cloth.

After that, use a hairdryer or clothes dryer to speed up the process. If the accident is still there just because it has been a long time, remove it using a little toothpaste. But note that you should put a small amount of toothpaste on the cloth with the tongue and use gentle strokes to rub gently.

Remove Stains Quickly

Use a suede cloth or a paper towel to clean stains. Whenever stain occurs, clean them immediately so that your suede couch does not soak up the liquid and become ugly. You can use carpet shampooers that are formulated especially for cleaning the suede. 

Make sure that you know exactly what the stain is to clean it with a better and more appropriate method. Additionally, there are home solutions such as rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, and talcum powder that you can use to clean upholstery with ease.

Before applying these stain removal products, test them on inconspicuous areas of the sofa. This way, you prevent any damage to your valuable furniture and make sure that it will not leave any mark or residue. If there is no need for testing the solution, then take a thick cloth, dip some white vinegar, and blot dry the area using a clean towel after wiping it into the stain. But no matter the product you use, always blot the area dry and not rub it.

And remember, the longer you leave the stain on your suede furniture, the harder it will be to get rid of it, so don't let the stain sit overnight. 

Deal with Old Stains

If you have old and stubborn stains such as ink stains and crayons on your suede couch that cannot be removed with a home remedy, you should call up professionals. Even though it may seem expensive, cleaning your suede furniture is not impossible. Professional cleaners will use steam-cleaning or dry cleaning to remove stains from suede sofas.

You can also remove that old stain by gently rubbing the area with a pencil eraser. There is also a suede eraser that you can use, but the ordinary ones can also work. After erasing the stain, use a soft brush to brush off any remaining particles. You can also use a new toothbrush as they are very soft and will not damage the suede finish.

Freshen Up Your Suede Upholstery

If your suede furniture is starting to look dull and drab, here's a tip that you can use. Just dip an ordinary cloth in hot water, wring it out well first, then blot the leather until it looks clean again. Then take a dry cloth and wipe off the excess moisture from the upholstery. When freshening, ensure you don't get your upholstery wet.

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More importantly, never use water to clean water-sensitive materials such as suede furniture, which can further damage your furniture. If you do, be sure to have the upholstery dried by the shade and replaced if it gets wet. And that's why it's important to call professional sofa cleaners to do the job if you can't do it yourself. These professionals have a dry cleaning procedure since steaming, and shampooing can damage your luxurious upholstery.

Brush Your Suede Upholstery to Keep its Gorgeous Look

To keep the upholstery clean regularly, you can use a suede brush. The suede brush will remove any surface dust or dirt in your furniture. It will also relieve friction between the fabric particles that lead to premature wearing out of your sofa. Use a suede napping brush to give your suede its beauty, look, and texture.

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After dealing with spills and removing stains, allow the area to dry completely. After that, use a soft suede brush to brush your suede upholstery. The best way to brush your upholstery is to do it in gentle circular motions. Apply a bit more pressure to help remove stains and spots. If you have a pet at home, then brush regularly to collect pet hair.

Remember, the best way to prevent liquid and dirt buildup is to lift your cushions once in a while. If you don't do that, the pressure of sitting on your furniture may force any dust or dirt underneath it onto the upholstery material. Once you're through brushing every surface of your sofa's upholstery, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any loose dirt or dust. But better safe than sorry, so vacuuming alone won't do the trick if you want to clean it well.

Protect Your Suede Couch with Stain Repellent

Get some stain-repellent spray. It is easy to find at any big box or home improvement store. Spray the upholstery of your sofa, then let it dry for a few minutes before you use it again. This will not only keep your upholstered furniture clean but can also prevent minor stains from setting in and becoming permanent.

Stain repellent will also help your fabric last longer and make it easy to clean. It is a great item to keep on hand and spray before you vacuum your suede couch. This is very important, especially if you have kids at home who are prone to spilling food and snacks. With stain repellent, you can clean these stains before they become difficult to remove.

FAQs On How To Clean Suede Couch

What’s the best product for cleaning suede couch?

White vinegar and rubbing alcohol offers you the perfect solution for cleaning your suede couch. You only need to pour a small solution of any of the products and rub it on the stained areas of your couch. The amount you use will depend on the magnitude of the stain.

Can magic erasers work on a suede couch?

While cleaning a suede couch can be hard, sometimes a magic eraser can work well in clearing the stains. All you have to do is wet the magic eraser slightly and use it to buff the stained areas of your couch.

Final Thoughts on How to Clean Suede Couch

As you can see, suede is very luxurious fabric and is very beautiful. It is a perfect choice if you want to have a soft and luxurious couch; however, it requires extra care and effort on your part to keep it clean and to look its best at all times. So, keep your suede product clean by cleaning it regularly, cleaning spills immediately, maintaining the nap, and using stain repellent for protection.

Kristina Perrin

Kristina Perrin

Kristina is an expert DIY home remodeler and mom to three. When she's not cooking or experimenting with new recipes, you can find her working on new home improvement projects or writing about her favorite kitchen appliances or DIY projects on Kitchen Infinity blog.

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