Suede Clothing and Toy Care
Care of Suede Clothing and Toys
Suede by its very nature has got it's problems when it comes to cleaning. What you need to weigh up is the value of the item before you take steps to clean it. If it is an expensive item then it may be better to seek the advice of a professional cleaner. Read on for some advice and tips for the maintenance, cleaning and removing of stains from suede items.
The best way to deal with suede is to care for it well. Always clean suede before storing it. Suede can be brushed with a soft rubber or bristle brush, or a wire suede brush. Do not rub too hard and do it in a gentle circular motion.
Never use chemical fluid or spot remover on suede as the colour of the garment will run and you will actually get light rings around the stain.
Stains and Marks
- Most marks on suede can be brushed off with a stiff brush, a damp cloth or sponge. However grease and oil can be a real struggle to remove from suede.
- Cover the mark with talcum powder and leave over night. The powder will absorb the grease. Brush clean in the morning. Try making a thick paste of Fullers Earth and a little dry cleaning fluid and rub it into the stain. Leave for a few hours or overnight and brush it all away.
- Suede is very prone to getting water marks. Once the suede is dry you can remove water marks from suede by brushing with a suede brush or stiff upholstery brush. You can also use a damp cloth or sponge. If ordinary brushing does not do the trick then try rubbing the area lightly with emery board, then steam over a boiling kettle. (Be careful with the steam.)
- To remove make up stains on suede, rub with a piece of stale bread.