DIY Pick-Me-Up for Sorry-Looking Suede

Women’s Joycelee, $39.99 by Rampage

Don’t let a case of sorry-looking suede get you down. While the finicky fabric may seem daunting to tackle yourself, you can actually clean suede pretty easily–and with items found in your home, to boot. That includes suede shoes and suede hats, accessories, clothing, gloves and even furniture.

Before you begin, use a clean, dry washcloth to gently rub the surface of the suede. This lifts the nap and makes it easier to get to the bottom of the suede for a more thorough clean.

How to Clean Suede

Remove dirt and scuffs from suede:
For clumps of dirt or scuffs, use a nail brush or toothbrush and gently rub back and forth.

Remove small, dry suede stains:
If the small suede stain is dry, use a pencil eraser to literally erase the stain away. Make sure you use a new pencil eraser that hasn’t been used to erase pencil marks, lest you create more stains for yourself to clean up.

Remove small, wet suede stains:
If the small suede stain is wet, blot up the wetness with an absorbent paper towel. If possible, hold the paper towel on either side of the suede and press together. Do not rub, though, otherwise you risk spreading the stain. Use a diluted white vinegar (1:1) and a tooth/nail brush and gently scrub. Repeat until the stain is removed and then wait for it to dry.

Remove greasy stains from suede:
For oily or greasy stains, use a degreaser suede cleaner and a nail/toothbrush to gently remove them. You can also try the diluted white vinegar, but a degreaser will be more effective.

Finish up by using a suede brush to restore the nap. Note that if you have an extremely large or complex stain (e.g., wax, wine, ink) it’s probably best to take your suede goods to a professional.