How to clean a suede couch

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How to clean a suede couch
(Grey Suede Couch & Pillows image by Andy Dean from

Having a suede couch ensures that you'll be comfortable when relaxing and watching TV. It's also a piece of furniture that makes a positive statement about your tastes in furniture. Unfortunately, suede can be as delicate as it is beautiful and is subject to spills and stains.

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Things you need

  • Suede eraser
  • Suede brush
  • Suede cleaner
  • Vinegar
  • Clean towel

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    Determine the kind of cleaning job you need to do. If you're trying to get rid of a single obvious stain, you'll have to do different things than if you're just trying to do a general maintenance clean. Check the whole surface of the sofa. Sometimes stains trickle to places you don't expect. Locate all the stain spots.

  2. 2

    Rub a suede eraser against the soft fabric. The suede eraser uses small particles that get under the surface of the suede. When you brush these particles out, the dirt is taken out as well. In a pinch, you can use a pencil eraser to remove dried stains from your suede couch.

  3. 3

    Sweep the suede sofa with a metal suede brush. Use circular motions and a slight amount of pressure to remove dried stains. This will also give the suede a fluffier texture and give you a more comfortable sitting surface.

  4. 4

    Wipe the suede sofa with a damp towel. The point is to remove any dirt or stains while adding as little moisture as possible to the fabric. The suede should dry very quickly if you use this method.

  5. 5

    Test your suede sofa with any fluids or chemicals you may want to use on your sofa. Apply some of the cleaner to an inconspicuous part of the furniture and wait to see if the fabric is damaged or discovered. You might consider doing this on the reverse of the hem at the bottom, where no one will ever see it.

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    Apply soap or suede cleaner and follow the instructions on the bottle. There are all kinds of different preparations and each has different directions. Vinegar is also a common household chemical you can use to clean suede. Dab a bit of vinegar on the suede couch and brush the suede clean. Wipe the vinegar and the stain off with a clean towel.

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