How To Clean A Suede Coat
Suede coats are perfect for the chilly seasons. They can be quite the fashion statement with their luxurious and expensive look. Compared to all-natural leather jackets, suede coats are definitely more comfortable to wear and easier to breathe in.
Suede is a type of leather made from the underside of the animal skin, giving it a soft surface. Suede is softer thinner, and not as strong as full-grain, traditional leather.
Have an oil or dirt stain on your suede garment? No worries! By following our cleaning tips down below, we guaranteed that your suede garments will remain stain-free and luxurious looking for the years to come.
Some suede coats may seem as if they’re made up of natural suede but are actually man-made fibers (micro suede).
While some synthetic suedes can be machine-washed, be sure to always read the care label first! If you have any concerns when washing your suede coat, feel free to bring it in to Avon Cleaners for a professional cleaning!
How Often To Clean Your Suede Coat
Keep in mind, a suede coat must undergo professional cleaning when odors from perspiration develop. Or, if it has significant stains that are difficult to get off. The coat always needs cleaning prior to being put away in storage at the end of the season. It is highly recommended to get your suede coats cleaned professionally once or twice a year, depending on how often you wear it.
Using a soft-bristled suede brush after each time you wear your suede coat helps remove soil and loose dust. If you brush your coat regularly, this will delay the need for professional cleaning. Therefore, investing in a suede brush is very convenient!
On the other hand, if caught in the rain or snow while wearing your fur coat, allow the damp suede material to dry away slowly from direct sunlight or heat.
What Materials Do I Need To Clean My Suede Coat?
When cleaning your suede coat, you will need these materials when dealing with specific types of stains:
- Suede Brush
- Microfiber Cloth
- A Pencil Eraser Or Art Gum Eraser
- Blunt Knife Or Plastic Edge
- Emery Board Nail Filer
- A Paper Towel Or Napkin
- Cornstarch Or Baby Powder
Suede Cleaning Materials
How To Clean Food Stains On A Suede Coat
Use a light touch when dealing with wet stains.
When you get a food stain or wet mud on your suede coat, be sure to never rub the stain off. If you continuously rub the stain, you will only drive the stain deeper into the fibers of the leather. A blunt knife can is best used to lift away as much of the wet stain as possible.
If the stain is due to a liquid, then using a paper towel or a clean cloth to blot away as much of the stain as possible is most helpful. Put the cloth directly over the stain and apply some pressure to draw the moisture away from the suede material and into the cloth.
Then, allow the coat to dry naturally with direct sunlight or heat as opposed to throwing it into the drying machine.
Treat the dried stain.
Once the stained area has dried naturally, brush the affected area thoroughly with your suede brush to restore the smooth fabric. First, gently rub the affected area with a microfiber cloth.
Then, use a pencil eraser to gently rub away the stain.
Lastly, if nothing has worked thus far, then try gently rubbing the stained area with an emery board nail file to remove whatever is left of the stain.
Food Stain On Suede Coat
Pencil Eraser And Nail Filer
How To Clean Oily Stains On A Suede Coat
Treat the stain as quickly as possible.
The longer oil stains remain on your fur coat, the deeper they get into the fibers of the coat. If a little bit of oil drips on your fur coat, then the first thing to do would be to blot the stained area with a napkin or a paper towel. Do not add water to the stain area or rub into it! This can cause the stain to be worse.
Absorb the oil from the coat.
Sprinkling baby powder or corn starch on the stain can help absorb all the oil from the coat. After an hour, the powder will begin to have an oily look. When you see this happen, brush away the powder with a soft brush. If you feel the need to leave the powder on the stain for longer than an hour, then feel free to do so.
If the oil stain is completely dissolved, then begin to brush the coat with your suede brush. However, if the stain is still visible on the brush, you can add more powder for a longer period of time until no more oil is absorbed in the coat.
Or, the best alternative would be to bring your suede coat to your professional dry cleaner for a deep cleaning.
Corn Starch & Baby Powder
How To Remove Sticker Residue On A Suede Coat
Sticky name tags, stickers, or tape can leave an unwanted residue on your suede coats even after being pulled off. It’s advised to avoid stickers or any sort of stickiness on your suede coat if possible. However, if sticker residue is left behind on your suede coat, it is important to slowly remove the stickiness from the coat. Let’s take a closer look on how to do this…
First, remove the sticker.
If you are having trouble taking the sticker off of your coat, dampen the coat lightly with a wet paper towel. Use the edge of a blunt knife to gently scrape the sticker off.
Second, allow the area to dry off naturally.
After removing the sticker, allow the area to air dry naturally with direct sunlight or heat. If the residue it very light on the coat, try brushing the affected area with your suede brush.
Then, erase the stickiness.
If the residue still remains on your coat, try using an art gum eraser. Do not scrub the area, instead use gently strokes. The eraser is meant to pick up any left over glue on your coat that is left in the fibers.
Lastly, use a nail filer.
At this point, if the suede brush and art gum eraser didn’t remove the stickiness, use an emery board nail filer to gently rub the area. Use the emery board very lightly in order to prevent rubbing away the texture of the fabric.
Sticker On Suede Coat
How To Keep Your Suede Coat Clean For A Long Period Of Time
Luxury pieces like leather and suede are an investment. Routine and professional cleaning means these items will continue to look great on you, for longer. Avon cleans all genuine leather clothing and coats, including smooth leather, grain leather, nubuck, and suede items. Call or stop by your nearest location for more information. Here are some steps that you can follow at home to keep your suede garments clean for long:
- Do not allow your suede garments to remain wet for a long period of time. Hang your coat up and allow it to air dry with direct sunlight or natural heat exposure.
- Try to wear a scarf around your neck to prevent body oils from transferring to the collar of your coat.
- Bring your stained suede coat, jacket, vest, hat, purse, or shoes to Avon for professional cleaning. The longer the stain remains on the suede material, the more difficult it will be to remove. Click here to learn more about leather and suede cleaning. And, feel free to reach our published blog post today to learn more about weak and damaged areas on suede garments.