How to Clean Suede Gloves

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Made from animal hide which has undergone a tanning and buffing process, suede is coveted for its velvety nap and soft, plush texture. Warm yet lightweight and elegant, suede works especially well for gloves. However it is also a finicky fabric that is sensitive to moisture and prone to stains. To keep them looking new isn't difficult, all you have to do is arm yourself with the proper tools and techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Suede brush or old toothbrush
  • Brown art gum eraser (not a pink one)
  • Paper towels
  • Cornstarch

Step 1

Dab a dry paper towel over any water spots that bead on the surface of the suede gloves to try and absorb the moisture before it sets into the suede. For dried-on liquid stains, use a damp cloth and white vinegar. Apply the vinegar sparingly to dampen the stain and gently rub it the cloth. You may have to repeat this several times.

Step 2

Pour cornstarch liberally over oil-based stains (like salad dressing) before they set into the suede gloves and let sit for an hour. Then, shake the suede gloves to loosen extra cornstarch and gently use an old toothbrush or suede brush to remove the stain.

Step 3

Rub a brown art gum eraser across any dried-on or crusty stains such as mud on the suede gloves to remove them.

Step 4

Take your suede gloves to a dry cleaner who specializes in leather goods if any of the above options don't work.

Tip

  • It's best to wear your suede gloves on days or nights when the weather is clear since suede is so sensitive to moisture.

    High quality suede gloves have a nap with a uniform length and is tightly packed. To check the quality of your gloves, push on the suede with your finger. If a fingerprint or indentation is left behind, the suede is probably not the highest quality, which is usually reflected in the price.

Warning

  • Never submerge your suede gloves in water or wash in the washing machine, as this will ruin your suede gloves.

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