What is Suede and how to clean it?
Suede is a type of leather material that has a unique texture and finish. Due to its delicate nature, it requires special attention and care when it comes to cleaning. There are various methods to clean suede, with some being more effective than others. Below are some tips on how to clean suede and the recommended cleaning products for the material.
Brushing the Suede
The first step in cleaning suede is to remove any surface dirt and dust by using a suede brush. Gently brush the surface of the suede in one direction to avoid any damage or discoloration. If the suede is heavily soiled or stained, it’s best to use a suede cleaner.
Using a Suede Cleaner
When using a suede cleaner, it’s important to read and follow the instructions on the label carefully. Some suede cleaners require a specific application method or tool, such as a sponge or cloth. It’s recommended to test the suede cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area of the suede first before applying it to the entire surface.
Cleaning Products for Suede
There are various cleaning products available for suede, including suede brushes, suede cleaners, erasers, and protectants. The type of cleaning product recommended for suede depends on the specific type of suede and the extent of the dirt or stains on the material.
Removing Stains from Suede
Stains on suede can be tricky to remove, but there are specific methods for tackling different types of stains. For example, oil-based stains can be removed by applying cornstarch to the affected area and letting it sit for several hours. For ink stains, rubbing alcohol can be applied with a cotton swab, but be sure to test it on a small area of the suede first.
Prevention is Key
The best way to keep suede looking good is to prevent stains in the first place. Applying a suede protectant can help repel dirt and stains, and also keep the suede looking soft and supple. Additionally, avoid wearing suede in wet or muddy conditions and store the material in a dry, cool place.