How to Clean a Suede Couch

How to Clean a Suede Couch

Owning a suede couch is a symbol that you have taste and enjoy the finer things in life. Suede is a luxurious fabric, but can also be difficult to maintain and clean. Unfortunately, suede, like any other fabric, can become soiled. If your couch has become a causality of a dinner party, or a child with an ice cream cone, here are a few tip to help get your couch back to show room new.

Dry Stains

If your couch has some visible stains that have already dried, and aren’t very large, then the only tools you need to make your couch pristine once more are a small hand towel and a pencil eraser. First, rub the affected area with the dry hand towel. This will help reveal the nap of the fabric. Next, softly rub the eraser over the entire stain. There are suede erasers that you can purchase if the stain is larger, and they also work well for the day to day maintenance of the piece.

Wet Stains

The next time you encounter a spill on your suede couch, the first thing you need to do is not panic. Just take some paper towels , or any cloth handy, and lift as much of the liquid off the couch as you can. Next, dampen a small towel with water and ¼ cup of white vinegar. Gently rub the mixture over the area you wish to clean. This should remove most of the stain, but if it is too severe, you may need to move onto the next step.

Suede Cleaner

There are suede cleaners available that are quite effective on larger, and more intense stains. Follow the directions on the packaging. If you are not comfortable cleaning your suede couch with these methods, or if the couch was expensive, you may want to seek the services of a professional. Make this decision before you apply any chemicals to the stain. They may interact with whatever products the professional cleaners utilize.

There are protective treatments that can be applied to the couch directly after it is purchased. These treatments can easily be placed on the fabric by you, and will help keep your couch water and stain resistant. This is a regimen that should be utilized on a regular basis. If you have any other questions regarding general maintenance and cleaning of your new couch, ask the sales representative you aided you in the purchase.

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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