Suede is more supple and flexible than leatherette, but the wearer pays a price. Suede might gets dirtier faster and not easy to clean. It also stains easily; even water stains it, so suedes are not appropriate for exceedingly wet climates. Suedes may be waterproofed or stain-proofed, but it’s no guarantee against possible staining and damage.
Should you get a suede soaked or wet, you should blot as much water from the garment as is possible with paper or cloth towels, then simply let it dry at room temperature. Do not apply heat to speed drying. Instead use an absorbent paper so that they hold their shape as they dry.
How to Clean Suede
- Rub the surface with a clean bath towel. This brings up the nap.
- Stains may also be rubbed off with a damp towel and some white vinegar.
- If there are lumps of dirt or dry scuff marks that won’t come off this way, try rasping them off with a fingernail file. Be gentle.
- Your last step is to brush it gently with a wire suede brush.
Be warned: Attempting to clean suede on your own can cause irreparable damage, it is always safer to take or consult to a professional upholstery cleaner.