How to Stop Suede From Bleeding

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How to Stop Suede From Bleeding
Suede garments require periodic resealing tp protect against "bleeding." (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Suede garments can bleed due to the loss of the "colour-fast" treatments and protective coatings on the dye. This bleeding can be slight -- in the form of dye coming off on your hands when you touch it -- or can be severe, in the form of the garment morphing into a drastically different and non-uniform colour. The most important bleeding prevention is to never allow the suede to get wet or to be stored in a moist environment. The second most essential prevention tip is to reapply protective coatings at least once a year.

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Things you need

  • Suede protector
  • Hairspray (optional)
  • Suede brush (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spray a light coating of professional suede protector over your item. Protector is available at most large retailers such as Target or Wal-Mart, at many shoe stores, garment stores or arts and crafts stores.

  2. 2

    Dry the suede garment fully (approximately 15 to 30 minutes), then reapply the protector. You can attempt to use hairspray instead of protector as an at-home remedy, although the protector should be more effective.

  3. 3

    Brush off the excess dyes using a soft rubber brush or wire suede brush if the bleeding is severe and is coming from one specific spot. Do not rub too aggressively.

Tips and warnings

  • Never wear suede when there's a chance of rain. If suede does get wet, let it air-dry in cool air, away from heat. Store your suede in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area when you're not using it. Take your suede to be professionally cleaned if it gets stained.
  • Absolutely never allow the suede to get wet. Do not store your suede in a humid environment or in direct sunlight.

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