So you’ve left your suede jacket hanging from a hook in the kitchen overnight and now it’s covered in little red balls… You have to be kidding me! Suede is one of the most delicate fabrics that we have as humans and almost everyone who owns a suede item has had this exact problem. Whether your suede garment is brand new or old, keeping it grease-free will make it last for much longer and prevent those annoying stains from appearing. Unfortunately, Folex does not work on suede. However, there are plenty of other stain removing solutions you can use. Suede can be re-stored with brushing the affected areas with a toothbrush dipped in dry cleaning fluid and leave it to dry. If that doesn’t work, try using WD40 to remove grease or Vaseline to repel water before storing your garment again. Here are some tips on how you can keep your suede garments clean:
Don’t let your suede near moisture
If your suede garment gets wet, it’ll start to rot and eventually fall apart. This happens because suede is made with animal fibers such as sheep and goatskin. The outer layer of the material is rubbed with a chemical called methyl chloride which tans the fibers and gives it that unique texture. However, if you get your suede wet, it’ll lose this chemical and will eventually rot and fall apart. To keep your suede clean, avoid wearing it in rainy weather or near damp places like a kitchen. If you do get it wet, make sure you let it dry out before wearing it again. When cleaning it, use a dry cloth to wipe off any visible stains before letting it air dry.
Use a suede brush to remove any dirt
If you have any visible stains on your suede garment, you can remove them with a suede brush. Simply rub the affected area with a suede brush to remove any visible dirt and dust particles from the garment. This will also prevent any further stains from happening and make your suede look clean again. If you want a deeper clean, use a cleaning agent like a mild detergent or washing machine. You can put your suede garment in the laundry bag or inside a pillowcase and put it in the washing machine. Set your machine to a delicate setting or wash it by hand with lukewarm water. Let it air dry afterwards.
Spray dry cleaning fluid on the affected area
If your suede garment has persistent stains, you can use dry cleaning fluid to remove it. Simply take a clean cloth and spray dry cleaning fluid onto the affected area. Let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping off the excess fluid with another clean cloth. If the stain is stubborn, let it sit for a few hours before scrubbing it off with a toothbrush. Repeat this process until the stain is completely gone.
Let it soak for 10 minutes before wiping off the fluid
If your suede garment has grease stains on it, you can use dry cleaning fluid to remove them. Simply take a clean cloth and spray dry cleaning fluid onto the affected area. Let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping off the excess fluid with another clean cloth. If the stain is stubborn, let it sit for a few hours before scrubbing it off with a toothbrush. Repeat this process until the stain is completely gone.
While Folex works on many different fabrics, it doesn’t work on suede. To clean your suede garment, you can use dry cleaning fluid, a suede brush or even WD40 or vaseline to repel water so you can store your garment without it getting ruined. Make sure you avoid moisture and if your garment does get stained, use a suede brush or dry cleaning fluid to remove the stain.