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How to clean stains off a suede couch

Suede leather is delicate and permanently removing stains from shoes, bags, sofas or jackets made of this material sometimes seems impossible. If you also have doubts about how to proceed, follow these tips: just get some simple materials and treat the fabrics with care to get an optimal result. Suede is a type of leather that is created from the underside of the leather. The fibers are polished and raised to give a velvety touch. If stains develop on your suede garments, it is best to have them cleaned immediately without waiting too long. So here’s how to do it.


  • Paper cloth
  • Brush for skins
  • Vinegar
  • Eraser
  • Soft cloth
  • Talcum powder and possible white spirit
  • Soft bristle brush

White rubber

First, you need to make sure that the stains you are going to treat are dry, the paper cloth can be useful for tapping and finishing the drying (in case it is a spilled liquid, dry immediately as much as possible, dabbing and without rubbing excessively, to limit the consequences). If it is a question of small and not excessive stains, you will have to act in this way: on the dry stain, with a simple white eraser – the one with which we usually remedy paper errors – you will go to gently erase the stains. Gradually, you will make sure that the spots are at least slightly reduced.

White vinegar

At this point you can brush the entire surface well with the leather brush, to remove rubber and cloth residues and to even out the hair. Once the garment has been brushed, it is necessary to intervene with the following step: wet the soft cloth with a little white wine vinegar – being careful not to exceed it – and dab lightly, rubbing carefully. It is important to choose a cloth that is white or neutral color, to prevent other colors from fading on the suede. After removing the stains, it will be

White spirit

Alternatively, if you are dealing with large surfaces and particularly stubborn stains, such as a stain from coffee, drinks, icing, or grease on a suede sofa, dab the stain (after drying it as much as possible) with a cloth, paper and white spirit and at that point sprinkle the wet area with talcum powder. It is important to let the talcum powder dry naturally on the white spirit, without trying to rush the times, to avoid leaving indelible stains. When the dust is dry it can be removed with a brush or vacuum cleaner, leaving the surface dry and clean.


If cleaning results in an undesirable effect and the suede tends to be dry, perhaps after having carried out numerous stains, you can intervene by soaking a soft cloth in milk and passing it on the surface. In any case, it is good to intervene on the spots or imperfections of this skin as soon as possible, and above all, it is a good idea to brush it regularly.

Nail file

Another method of removing stains from suede is to use a soft cloth to gently scrub the area and remove as much of the stain as possible. This rubbing will also restore some of the skin’s texture. Gently scrub the area with a nail file to remove the stain. If the stain requires more rubbing, also use sandpaper to remove the stained area. When the stain is removed, brush the area with a suede brush.

Soft bristle brush

If the stain is still damp, place the soft cloth on top of the stain and apply a small amount of pressure to remove as much moisture as possible. Let the area dry completely. When the stain is removed, brush with a suede brush. If you want for still wet stains, you can mix a small amount of soap into the lukewarm water. Run the water until a good amount of foam forms on top. Use a sponge to apply only the foam to the stained area. Moisten a soft cloth with clean water and use it to rinse the area. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth. Let it dry completely. Once dry, brush it.

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