When it comes to clothing and fashion, suede is as good as it gets!
Stylish and smooth, classy, and comfortable, all at the same time!
Why do we wear it so rarely, then? Because they’re hard to maintain and need expensive dry cleaning?
What if we told you that you can clean it in your kitchen?
Read along to get yourself familiar with ways to clean a suede jacket at home!
We all know we shouldn’t wear our suede jackets out in the rain, because suede doesn’t go well with water. If you can’t use water to clean your suede jacket, what can you possibly do, at home? Fret not, we’re here to help!
Take a suede brush and sweep across the jacket to get rid of surface dirt. This will loosen the fibers and make it look fluffy too. If there are stains, apply a little more pressure while brushing, but don’t do it too hard, because the material is sensitive.
You can get a suede protector from your nearest leather store and use it to protect it from stains. Once you spray some of it on the jacket, it is less likely to get stains from oil or water. However, it might not help against blood, mud or pen ink.
Oops, a Stain!
Do not make the mistake of going for the traditional trial and error method when it comes to taking stains off of your suede jacket. You might end up sticking the stain on it forever!
Rubbing a suede eraser on your stain may remove some of the harder-to-get-off ones. It may not be fast, but it almost always works. Make sure to brush the area after using the eraser on it. And oh, do keep in mind that doing this will lift a lot of dust, so you might want to do it outside the house.
If you cannot access a suede eraser, try using your pencil eraser. It does the trick. Not a pink eraser, though, unless you want to dye your jacket! You could also use a nail file. Rubbing it across dry stains will make it easier for you to brush them off.
Just spilled something like tea on your suede jacket? Quickly blot out as much liquid as you can using a towel, by dabbing at it. Don’t press hard, as you might end up making the liquid seep into the material. After it dries up, remove the stain with an eraser or your suede brush.
Try damping a soft piece of cloth in some laundry detergent, vinegar solution, or rubbing alcohol, and dab on the stain.
The vinegar solution can be made by diluting it with water in a 1:2 ratio. Don’t completely soak the cloth though, it should only be moist. The vinegar will go away in a few minutes after it dries. This works for ink stains too.
Unfortunately, if you happen to get blood on your suede jacket, immediately dab on it with a dry cloth to prevent it from seeping into the material, and then lightly dab on the stain using a piece of cotton dipped in hydrogen peroxide. It should not be dripping wet, though. Keep dabbing on it until all of the blood comes out. Do not rub on the stain, or it will spread. If bubbles appear, brush them off.
If the stain is made by just water, you can try to get rid of it by spraying a little bit of water on it or running over it evenly with a water-damp cloth. Then use a sponge or paper towel to absorb the excess water and, finally, brush the surface.
After you clean a suede jacket, don’t ever leave it to dry in the sunlight. Being exposed to the sun for a long time could make it shrink, feel hard, and also fade its color.
Contemplating about wearing your suede jacket on a Sunday trek with your colleagues? Don’t worry, a little mud isn’t going to harm your jacket! Just ensure that a mud stain dries completely before attempting to clean it. Once it dries, you will be able to break it into pieces, which can be brushed away with the back or wired side of the suede brush.
Some stains develop over a period of time, like those due to sweat near your collar or underarms. You could put some cornflour on these and leave them for a few hours. The oil or sweat will get absorbed into the cornflour, which can be brushed off with your suede brush. You can use talcum powder or baking soda in a similar way to remove oil stains.
If none of these do a good job, you can use fine-grit sandpaper. Also, if you notice strings on the fabric, pick up an old shaving razor and use it to shave the strings off. Once that is done, brush the bits and pieces away.
Still No Luck?
If you still cannot persuade your suede to lose its stain, you might have to hand your suede jacket over to a professional, or a dry cleaner. However, more often than not, your jacket will be good as new with vinegar solution and sandpaper.
With all that said, not all suedes are made the same way. Do check the label on your suede jacket for specific cleaning instructions.