We all have that favorite garment we like so much, the one that when we wear it, we feel that it attracts everyone’s attention, generates sighs and even some compliments! Mine is a suede jacket, which matches a pair of suede shoes. The problem comes when cleaning and maintaining the suede This velvety skin is somewhat delicate and, if not treated correctly, loses its beautiful and characteristic appearance.
In addition, it is quite expensive and porous, i.e., it absorbs any liquid substance, easily adheres, and marks appear on them with any accidental rubbing. If you also have doubts about the dos and DON’Ts of caring for this fabric, read on and learn how to clean a suede jacket properly to extend its life and keep it in perfect condition for much longer.
How to clean and care for a suede jacket
A suede is a fabric susceptible to liquids, dirt, and friction, so it tends to wear out quickly if not properly maintained. Therefore, before cleaning, please pay attention to the care label on the garment, where you will find the correct way to wash it, whether it can be ironed, how to prevent the fabric from losing its original charm and how to avoid fading.
Generally, cleaning suede is not that complicated; just perform some basic steps and hand wash to keep it looking as impeccable and elegant as ever. From here on, take note!
If it is not very dirty, a good brushing is enough.
You must consider that this type of textile material is not recommended to be machine washed under any circumstances; the ideal is to dry clean the fabric so as not to damage its texture and tone.
Also, if it is not very dirty and only has superficial dirt such as dust and crumbs, try using a special soft brush for suede fabric, always in the direction of the hair for combing and daily for periodic maintenance.
On the other hand, if you notice a dry grease, food, or coffee stain, you should use a stiff bristle brush and rub it against the direction of the hair so that it comes out easily. When finished, gently comb the hair again in the direction of the hair to leave it flawless and presentable.
Oil slicks? Try talcum powder
If you have accidentally spilled oil or water, the best way to act quickly so as not to ruin the fabric is to sprinkle talcum powder on the area, leave it on for 10 minutes to absorb the spill, get rid of the talc and then brush as usual.
This is a great , affordable, harmless, and easy-to-use ally to prevent irreversible staining of suede.
Handwashing suede garments in 4 steps
It is time for a hand wash if you are dealing with more persistent stains and bad odor. Follow these steps:
- Fill a basin with warm water and dilute some special suede cleaner, ensuring it contains a cleaning base and solvents.
- Insert the jacket and let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
- After this time, rub the stained areas with a sponge or soft bristle brush, soaking the brush every couple of passes until the stain disappears.
- Rinse with clean water until no foam comes out.
- Hang it on a hanger and let it air dry. Remember that it should not directly contact with the sun but with the warm breeze.
- Finally, comb the fabric in the direction of the hair.
Note: avoid placing the jacket in front of a heat source such as a stove or radiator.
Once the cleaning process is finished, the ideal is to use a suede renovating product, which will take care of the color and serve as a waterproofing agent, thus creating a protective layer that prevents it from getting dirty easily and repels stains.