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How to Wash Polyester Suede

Updated February 21, 2017

Polyester suede, or micro suede, is a durable fabric that conveys the look and feel of suede and is used to make furniture and garments. While washing polyester suede is much easier than 100 per cent suede, it still takes some caution as this fabric is not immune to damage from improper care. If you have polyester suede, be it on a piece of furniture or clothing, knowing how to wash it and remove stains will help keep it soft and looking gorgeous.

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  1. Read the labels of your polyester suede clothing or removable covers to ensure they are machine washable. If the label permits, continue. However, if the label states "Dry Clean Only," take the pieces to your local dry cleaner for proper washing.

  2. Throw clothing or removable covers into your washer and wash on cold with one cup of white vinegar. White vinegar is a much gentler cleaner than chemically-based cleaners and detergents and will help get rid of stains as well as freshen the fabric.

  3. Lay polyester suede pieces in a shaded spot to dry. Do not dry in the sun as this can cause fading. Dry pieces completely before use.

  4. Fill a large bowl with two parts white vinegar and one part water and stir the solution well. Soak a clean washcloth in the solution and wring it out over the bowl.

  5. Begin pressing down on any stains with your wash cloth, lightly rubbing them to work the solution into the fabric. For heavy-duty stains, soak the area generously with your solution but continue rubbing only lightly.

  6. Allow all areas to dry thoroughly before using furniture. White vinegar is all-natural and doesn't need to be rinsed out. The smell of white vinegar will only last for a day or two and will leave you with fresh-smelling furniture.

  7. Tip

    Use mild dish soap mixed with water or a gentle washing powder on polyester suede. When using any chemicals, perform a patch test and wait a day to see if the fabric reacts poorly to the chemicals.

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Things You'll Need

  • Washer
  • White vinegar
  • Large bowl
  • Wash cloths

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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