How To Clean Suede Leather Gloves In Simple Ways

Suede is a popular glove material, whether it’s for everyday use, work, or gardening. When your gloves become dirty or worn down, you need to clean them, and simple cleaning can extend the life of your gloves and keep them looking new.

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However, this does not mean that you should just throw them in the washing machine. You can clean your gloves by using a suede brush to remove stains, re-soaking them to remove watermarks, or using vinegar to remove more significant stains. Keep on reading as we go over each one in-depth and show you how to clean your gloves properly.

How to clean suede gloves 

1. Examine the care labels on your gloves

Check the care tags on your gloves before you start cleaning them. Suede gloves come in a variety of styles, each with its own set of care requirements. The best method for cleaning your type of glove should be specified on the tag. 

Coldwater, for example, should not be used on very fine suede since it would discolour it. Other types of suede should only be cleaned with a suede brush.

2. Work on the nap

Suede‘s nap gives it a smooth appearance, but cleaning it correctly requires working it up. Brush your gloves against the grain with a soft brush or a bath towel. Begin at the wrist of your glove, and then work your way up with small strokes.

3. Use a suede eraser to remove stains 

Rub it back and forth over stains and marks on your gloves. Begin by lightly rubbing, and if the stains or marks aren’t coming off, gradually increase the pressure while rubbing the eraser back and forth.

4. If you don’t have one, a small pencil eraser can be used instead.

Some eraser substance will come off on the glove while rubbing. You don’t need to worry about it, and you should be able to brush it off your gloves later on.

5. If you have watermarks, wet them again 

If you have suede work gloves, they are most likely stained with old water stains. Start by completely rewetting your gloves to remove the stains. 

Running your gloves under a faucet is the best way to do this. This ensures that the water is applied evenly and so you don’t spread the stain even further.

6. Blot the water up

Dab up the excess water using a paper towel by pressing down on your gloves, but don’t press down too hard, as this will only push the stains deeper into the gloves. 

9. Allow the gloves to dry thoroughly in the open air

Allow your gloves to air dry thoroughly after blotting up the water. Do not put your gloves in the dryer since they will shrink. Once your gloves are dry, you will need to fluff them up with a soft bristle brush or a toothbrush.

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How to get rid of stubborn stains with white vinegar

1. Soak a cotton cloth in vinegar

A clean cotton cloth should be dipped in white distilled vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Apple cider vinegar will stain the gloves, so don’t use it.

2. Apply pressure to the stain with the cloth

Gently press the cloth against the stained area you’re trying to clean. If you push too hard, the stain will penetrate the gloves.

3. Gently massage the stains with the cloth

Wipe the cloth carefully across the stain and against the grain after pressing down on it. This will raise the nap and help the vinegar to penetrate the stain.

4. Allow the gloves to air dry

Allow the gloves to dry entirely after pressing and wiping them with vinegar. You won’t know if the stains have been removed entirely until the gloves have dried.

5. Repeat the process as needed

This procedure may need to be repeated several times, depending on the severity of the stain. If you do, remember that the gloves should be fully dry between each cleaning.

How to remove tree sap from suede gloves

During the autumn and winter months, trees exude a thick fluid called sap. When sap stains your gloves, it adheres to the material like glue. To counteract the sap’s rigidity and allow it to lift from the material without damaging your gloves, a greasy substance is required. Here is how:

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1. Scoop 1/2 teaspoon of creamy peanut butter into your gloves

Only use creamy, not chunky, peanut butter. Rub the peanut butter into the tree sap with your fingers. The peanut butter then absorbs the sap.

2. Soak a clean towel in water and wring it out

Wring away any extra water until you have a moist clean towel. It should be damp but not dripping wet.

3. Wipe the peanut butter and tree sap off the gloves with the towel

As you remove the stain off the gloves, replace the towel with a new one once it gets dirty. Then, give it some time to dry.

4. After the gloves have completely dried, spray them with a leather conditioner

Never use the conditioner on a wet glove, so it is essential to wait until it’s fully dry.

How to waterproof your suede leather gloves

Although leather is naturally water-resistant, it is not waterproof. There are a variety of store-bought products that can help to improve your leather gloves‘ natural water resistance.

Any product should be used with caution because it has the potential to bleach the colour of your gloves. To apply a waterproofing product, follow these steps:

  1. Apply a small amount of the product to the gloves after they have dried.
  2. Rub it into the glove with your fingertips, paying special attention to the seams.
  3. Allow 5 minutes for the product to sit.
  4. Wipe away any excess substance using a slightly damp cloth.
  5. Allow the gloves to air dry.

How to clean dark suede leather gloves

The following solution can be used to clean black or brown gloves:

  • half a glass of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of ammonia
  • 5 teaspoons of laundry detergent
  • 5 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide

Mix everything together, then wipe the stained spots on the gloves using a sponge, rag, or cotton ball moistened with clean water. You can then use a clean sponge and water to wipe away any leftovers.

Washing suede gloves, on the other hand, is a different story. Fully immersing your gloves in water is not recommended since it might deform them, and shrink their size. Follow these steps so that you can wash your gloves the right way:

  1. Soak a soft dry cloth in water and use a mild soap (preferably baby soap or saddle soap) to clean leather gloves.
  2. Remove dirt and grime from any creases by wiping the gloves with soapy water from the outside.
  3. Wipe away the soapy solution with the same cloth. You can also add a little bit of table vinegar to the water.
  4. Dry the gloves away from heaters by hanging them in the open air. Drying should be done in a cool, well-ventilated area.
  5. Once your gloves are fully dry, you can lubricate them with castor oil, petroleum jelly, or a leather-specific cream. It’s important to note that using a hairdryer or heater to speed up the drying process will deform your gloves.

How to clean light suede gloves

With black gloves, everything is obvious, but how do you clean white ones? Is it possible to use detergents on them? or will they develop yellowish stains after drying? Baking soda, cornstarch and milk make an excellent cleaner. Make a paste using these three components and apply it to light gloves. Snow-white gloves can be cleaned with an ammonia solution. You need to mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia and 8 tablespoons of water and then apply it on stained and greasy spots. A few drops of hydrogen peroxide can be added to the solution if needed. You can remove stubborn stains with the help of lemon juice.

Suede maintenance tips

  1. When cleaning suede, never use stain removers. If the stains persist, massage the stain with a little damp towel.
  2. White vinegar can be combined with water to dampen a towel, but be careful not to soak it. Only a small amount of water and vinegar should be used. 
  3. Suede‘s colours fade quickly over time, so storing them in a dark area is better.
  4. Never put your gloves in a dryer
  5. Always let your gloves fully dry and ensure they are not damp as moisture attracts mildew, which is extremely tough to remove from suede or any other type of leather. To speed up the drying process, do not use heat.

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Suede gloves are long-lasting and durable, but they will last even longer if you care for them properly. Just like anything else suede you might have heels, boots or handbags. So, keep the above methods in mind the next time you clean your gloves!

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