Authentic suede is made from the flesh side of animal skin. Although suede is a resilient fabric, care must be taken when cleaning it. Light coloured suede jackets are no exception. Cleaning a suede jacket that is light in colour is no different than cleaning any other type of suede. Suede jackets should only be spot cleaned at home. If you want the whole jacket cleaned, it must be taken to a professional dry cleaner. If properly cleaned, a suede jacket will maintain its original beauty and last for many years.
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Things you need
- Dry towel or toothbrush
- Clean, white pencil eraser
- White vinegar
- Clean rags
- Paper towel
- Double-sided suede cleaning brush
- Suede cleaner
Work up the nap in the jacket. Rub a dry towel or toothbrush over the jacket to get the nap fuzzy. This will allow you to see any spots on the jacket that need to be cleaned and will also make it easier to remove stains.
Blot up any fresh stains on the suede jacket as soon as possible. Use a paper towel to gently dab the substance from the jacket. Avoid rubbing or the stain may spread. Allow the stained area to completely dry.
Rub a clean, white pencil eraser over dry stains on the jacket. Rub gently so as not to damage the fabric. Rework the nap on the jacket after using the eraser.
Remove stubborn stains with white vinegar. Place a small amount on a clean rag and gently rub the stained area. Allow the vinegar to dry, rework the nap and use the pencil eraser, if necessary.
Use a double-sided suede cleaning brush and suede cleaner to clean the entire suede jacket. Spray a light coating of the suede cleaner onto the jacket.
Use the rubber side of the brush first to carefully scrub off any dirt and dust from the jacket. Only brush in one direction so not to rub more dirt into the jacket. Use the bristled side to restore the suede's nap. Brush vigorously, moving in all directions.
Allow the jacket to air dry before storing.
Tips and warnings
- Apply a suede protector to the jacket after it has been cleaned. Reapply the protector every six months or as directed by the product manufacturer.
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