How to Clean Suede Sofa Safely All by Yourself

There’s no doubt that a suede sofa can make your home decor look so mesmerizing. It will create any room looks admirable and feels comfortable at the same time.

But, of course, things can happen which may make your suede sofa look so ugly. No worries, you can handle the problem all by yourself by following our tutorial on how to clean suede sofa below.

How to Clean Suede Sofa


Prepare these supplies:

  • Paper towels or absorbent cloth
  • Commercial suede cleaner
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Cornstarch
  • Pencil eraser
  • Soft brush

Follow these steps:

Blot it up

For water or oil-based stains, blot the stains with paper towels or an absorbent cloth as much as you can. Never scrub or rub the stains since it can worsen the problem, the material will further absorb the stains if you push it too hard.

Remove the stains

Water-based stains

If you get colored liquid stains (like tea) you can use white vinegar. Here’s what you can do:

  • Mix one part of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar with part of the water in a bowl.
  • Dip a microfiber cloth until it’s lightly dampened.
  • Wipe the stained area of your suede sofa.
  • Let the sofa air dry completely.

For stains created by sugary beverages (like coke or wine), it’s always a better way to use commercial suede cleaner. Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions on the label to clean it properly

Oil-based stains

These kinds of stains are mostly caused by snacks, oily foods, lotions, and cosmetics which need a different method to handle. Here’s what you can do:

  • Sprinkle the cornstarch over the stained area until it’s properly covered, and leave it for around 10 minutes so it can work to absorb the stains.
  • Use a vacuum or soft brush to remove the cornstarch.
  • Dip a microfiber cloth into the mixture of water and white vinegar (both in equal parts), then wipe the stained area gently.
  • If you still find some stains around, you need to repeat the steps from the start or use a commercial suede cleaner instead.

Refluff the suede

You may find the texture of your suede sofa changed after you clean it, so you need re-fluff it. Simply run a soft brush on the surface of your suede sofa until it matches properly.

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The right time to maintain a suede sofa

Mostly, when you have a suede sofa, you will carefully take care of it, protecting the materials from spills but accidents are sometimes inevitable. Liquid stains are suede’s biggest enemy which can lead to a huge problem.

That’s why it’s really important to check whether your suede sofa has been treated with the water-repellent feature. It conveniently protects the suede sofa from liquids. You can also apply a waterproofing fabric all by yourself to treat it.

Always handle the problem once an accident happens before it gets worse. For weekly maintenance, you can use a vacuum or brush to clean loose debris then use a lightly dampened cloth to wipe it.

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