How to Clean Suede Furniture

Suede is a great fabric that is very popular for good reason, but unless you know how to clean suede, your suede furniture will lose its attractive appearance. The following instructions will help you keep your suede furniture looking as good as new.


Be sure to read any labels on your suede furniture regarding what products you can and cannot use. Suede is easy to damage, and using the wrong product can sometimes leave a worse mark than the original stain.


Different stains should be handled in different ways. Ideally, you should try to prevent stains and water damage before they happen. Though accidents can be unavoidable, you can minimize damage by using a spray-on shield to protect against water damage and stains. There are many such products on the market specifically formulated for suede. Be sure to wipe the suede furniture off with a dry cloth before applying -- you don't want to seal in dirt. You should reapply your stain prevention product every six months.

Wet Stains

Wet stains need to be dealt with as soon as possible. The longer you leave liquid on your suede furniture, the worse the stain will get, and the harder to remove it will be. If you spill something on your suede furniture, immediately cover the stain with a dry towel. Don't rub or apply pressure, as both of these can push the liquid further in. Let the towel absorb as much liquid as it can. When the towel is too full to absorb liquid effectively, remove it. If there is still moisture present, get a new towel and repeat the process.

If the suede still has a mark after it is dry, you can use the technique for dry stains.

Dry Stains

Dry stains and other marks can be removed with a suede eraser. To start, rub the stain with a dry towel. Next, gently rub the suede eraser over the stain. You should see it slowly vanish or be moved onto the eraser.

You can use a regular pencil eraser in the place of a suede eraser. However, because a stain that has been allowed to dry isn't going to get any worse, there is no reason not to spend the time and money to do it right.

Alternatively, you can try to get stains off by putting some white vinegar on a towel and rubbing gently. If you use this technique, be sure to test out a small amount of white vinegar on an inconspicuous spot. Apply it, then remove as much as possible and let it dry. If it doesn't stain (or if the mark it leaves is preferable to the mark you are removing) then you can proceed.

When you are finished, remove as much of the white vinegar as possible with a towel, as you would for wet stains.

Finishing Up

After removing a stain, you should rub the area you have been working on with a suede brush. Suede brushes are designed to raise the nap on your suede, as well as removing surface dirt and stains.