How To Clean Suede Leather Furniture At Home Like A Pro

If you love relaxing on your favourite couch like many of us, you can’t help but wonder which is the best way to maintain your living room neat. Especially owners of suede sofas are struggling a bit more to clean and keep tidy their luxurious furnishings. Suede provides a sleek style to your decor while bringing comfort and warmth.

Messy suede couch

However, this elegant-looking type of leather can be easily stained and lose its charm. One drop of red wine is all it takes, and voila, your suede couch isn’t the same as before! If you think that you can’t do anything about it, we are here to help. Our guide has all the necessary steps and information you will need to keep your furniture looking fresh and brand new

Before you start cleaning your suede furniture

The first step before the cleaning process begins is to know the type of leather you are dealing with. Usually, there are two types of suede furniture; the ones made out of natural suede and the ones made from microfiber suede. Here’s how you can determine which one is yours:

  • Natural

It’s made from animal leather (and we know that some of you might be environmentally conscious and don’t want to go that way). With a napped finish that provides your living space with a luxurious look and a breath of style. How would you know that your couch is from natural suede? You can always take a closer look at the leather and see its porous dyed or undyed nature. Another giveaway that you can check out for is the variations in the grain hide.

  • Microsuede

People who don’t want to deal with natural leather and want something easier to clean tend to buy microfiber suede couches. Designed to mimic the first type, they are made of synthetic fibres to give you the delicate feel you seek ideally. Due to the polyester and polyamide materials, these couches can be more resistant to wet stains or dirt, despite being relatively cheaper.

Tip: If you are unsure which type of suede you own, you can always check the manufacturer’s care tag to better understand which cleaning solution you can apply to your furniture.

Red suede sofa

Offering your suede leather furniture a routine cleaning

Let’s admit that food-related accidents can happen regularly. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there! Since suede can be stained easily and lose its elegant appearance, regular maintenance is the best way to protect your furniture. Whether there are stains or not, cleaning your suede couches weekly or monthly is the optimal solution to preserve their looks and softness. There is no need to hire a professional to do the job for you; it’s time for some DIY cleaning! Shall we?

Step-by-step guide: How to remove stains from suede furniture

Cleaning suede can be tricky, but it’s not impossible, contrary to most beliefs. Here are all the steps and cleaning methods you can follow to restore or protect your leather:

How to clean natural suede

Couches made of natural leather require extra care since they are more sensitive to stains and harder to restore.

Things you’ll need:

1. Vacuuming

The very first step to your cleaning process. Use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the suede surface of any debris or pet hair. Make sure you equip the upholstery attachment to reach every corner of the couch and deal with inconspicuous areas.

Woman cleaning suede couch with a vacuum cleaner

2. Dealing with dry stains

If you see any signs of persistent stains on your natural suede, here’s what you need to do:

  • Gently rub the eraser over the stained area. If you don’t have a suede one, a pencil eraser might also do the trick.
  • Use the suede brush to remove the remaining dirt.
  • If the eraser doesn’t work on the stained surface, you can always apply cornstarch or white vinegar to a dry cloth and gently rub the affected area. Don’t overuse any of the cleaning products; a slight drop should be enough.

Cleaning tip: As we mentioned before, read the tag care carefully before applying any stain removal to your couch to ensure that you won’t harm it. 

3. Dealing with wet stains

If you happen to stain your suede sofa while drinking your favourite beverage, don’t panic! All you need to do is act fast:

  • Using a dry cloth, try to absorb as much as you can. Don’t wipe the stain and instead, let the liquid soak the cloth.
  • Grab a hairdryer and let the area dry using the cool settings.
  • Follow the second process to make sure that the dried stain is now removed.

Cleaning tip: Don’t use any suede cleaner on the wet stained surface as the suede upholstery is extremely sensitive to moisture and humidity.

Woman vacuuming a beautiful suede couch

How to clean a suede microfiber couch

Microsuede can be easier to restore than its natural counterpart, whether for wet or dry cleaning.

Things you’ll need:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle
  • Vacuum
  • Hairdryer
  • Clean cloth
  • Soap
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush

1. Cleaning with soap and water

After making sure that your couch has  <<W>>  on its care tag, here’s how you can clean it using soapy water:

  • Use a vacuum equipped with an upholstery attachment to take care of any remaining debris on the microfiber surface.
  • Mix into a bucket ¼ cup of dishwasher detergent with 4 cups of warm water.
  • Dip the scrub brush into the soap suds and gently rub the stained area with circular motions.
  • Use the cloth to remove any soap residue from the couch.
  • After you wash the brush, repeat the procedure to any areas you may need to.
  • Let the suede dry. You can use a hairdryer on cold settings if you want to speed the drying process.

Woman cleaning sofa with a brush

2. Cleaning with rubbing alcohol

You need to ensure that your suede couch has <<S>> on its care tag before using isopropyl alcohol on it. If it does have the <<S>> mark, here’s what you can do:

  • Remove any dirt residue by vacuuming. 
  • Fill the spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol and prepare a small bucket with warm water in it.
  • Lightly spray the affected area with the alcohol from the top of the couch or sofa. No need to overdo it!
  • Using a cloth or a paper towel, gently scrub the fabric of the furniture.
  • Repeat the process if needed. Make sure that the towel or cloth are well dried each time to not oversaturate the fabric.

Best ways to maintain your suede furniture clean

Now that you are an expert on how to get rid of stains from your suede sofa or couch, allows us to introduce you to some cleaning tricks you can use to maintain your furniture elegant and sophisticated-looking:

1. Use stain repellent

We recommend investing in a good protective spray to prevent any permanent stains from happening. When using the repellent, make sure that your living room is well ventilated. Apply the solvent at one section and let fresh air into the room before spraying again.

2. Clean regularly

Take care of your furniture frequently to ensure that its quality and appearance won’t fade over time. Whether on a weekly or monthly basis, you should vacuum the cushions and remove them to clean the surface under them. This would help getting rid of any trapped debris or dirt.

3. Let the cushions breath

You can smoothen your cushions once a week to make sure they stay aerified. You can also rotate them now and then to keep your couch uniformed.

Comfortable suede sofa
Next time you spill wine or any other beverage on your sofa, don’t grab the phone and call a cleaning service. Our guide is here to help clean your favourite suede couch without breaking a sweat. All you need to do is follow our instructions and enjoy your fresh-looking and smooth suede. And since you are an expert now, you can learn how to keep your suede heels clean!

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