How to Clean Suede

Suede is great for shoes, chairs and more. It's soft and flexible and has a luxurious look. However, because suede is so soft, it tends to be not as durable as other types of leather. It can absorb stains easily and tends to get scuffed. That doesn't mean you should avoid suede products. Here's a quick guide cleaning suede items.

Materials Needed for Cleaning Suede

How to Clean Suede in 5 Steps

1. Remove Dirt and Debris

The first thing to do when cleaning suede is to make sure there is no loose dirt or debris covering the couch, shoes, etc. Use a small, handheld vacuum to remove any loose dirt from the suede. Make sure you use a soft-bristle attachment to avoid scuffing the suede. 

2. Use a Suede Brush

After you've used your small vacuum, your best bet to remove additional dirt is to use a suede brush. When using the suede brush, make small, circular motions over the suede. Don't press too hard; a small amount of pressure should do the trick.

3. Remove Stains with an Eraser

If your suede item has stains on it, use a suede eraser (or a household eraser) to gently remove them. You do not want to use water on your suede, as it will make the stains much worse. Again, don't press too hard with the eraser.

4. Spot Test Your Cleaner

Now that your suede is free from loose dirt and stains, do a spot test with Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner. Choose a small, inconspicuous spot and apply some of the cleaner with a lint-free cloth. Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner is specifically engineered for suede and nubuck, so there should be no adverse impact. However, it's always a good idea to spot test before cleaning anything.

5. Apply Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner

Grab your lint-free cloth and spray Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner onto it. Next, gently clean the suede item with the cloth. Make sure you cover the entire suede product. Once you have finished, allow the suede to completely dry before using it. Ideally, you should wait 24 hours.

More to Know About How to Clean Suede

Some common questions people have about cleaning suede.

What is the best way to clean suede?

The best way to clean suede is to use a premade suede cleaner, like Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner.

Is it ok to clean suede with water?

You should not clean suede with water. Water can stain suede and ultimately ruin it. 

Is suede difficult to clean?

Suede is not difficult to clean as long as you use the right products. A suede brush, suede eraser and suede cleaner will do the job and keep your suede looking great.


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