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How-To: Cleaning Suede Furniture

Get your couch nice and fuzzy in no time


A fabric created from the underside of hide, Suede has fibers that are buffed and raised until it is soft to the touch. It's one of the most comfortable materials used for furniture, and contrary to popular belief, it can look more sophisticated than leather, and even more affordable too!

The only downside of choosing this material is, it can be a magnet for dirt. It can be difficult to keep suede clean, and in many cases, you may not be able to remove the grime completely. Don't worry as we're here to help!

Whether you already have a couple at home or thinking twice about buying suede pieces, here are three easy steps to keep them in tip-top shape: 

Main photo from: UO Buy

When cleaning suede, keep in mind that working on the nap is top priority. The nap are the fine fibers that you feel standing up on the suede. To maintain your piece, it's best to invest in a suede brush, but if this is not available, you can work with old toothbrushes. Use a light hand to move the brush in a circular motion so that you won't miss a spot. Be sure to move your brush around (create bigger circles) to cover the entire area.

RL Tip: For an even finish post-cleaning, run over the nap with a dry bathtowel.  

Photo from DoltOnaDime via YouTube. 

If you're dealing with soiled suede, do some damage control by blotting residue with a sponge. Be careful when patting the surface as too much force can push dirt deeper into suede. Once it's dry, work with a combination of suede eraser and a brush to get rid of any stains. 

RL Tip:
 For dust build-up on light-colored suede, try using sandpaper to loosen up the dirt before using a suede eraser! 

Photo from 551 East

Aside from brushing regularly to keep the nap in good condition, it's also ideal to protect suede with a spray-on product designed for fabric furniture. Waterproofing solutions are designed to keep upholstery looking brand new in between maintenance.

Photo from UltraGuardStainFree via Youtube. 

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