How to Remove Stains From a Suede Couch

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Suede furniture is made from calfskin leather.
Suede furniture is made from calfskin leather. (Image: micro suede rocker recliner image by James Phelps from Fotolia.com)

Suede is a type of leather made from calfskin. It is a material that is absorbent, which makes it vulnerable to stains. Cleaning suede stains can be a nuisance, but it is possible to remove them using supplies from your home. Tend to the stains on your suede couch and when you are through your couch will be back to its pre-stained condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Spoon
  • Trash bag
  • Sponge
  • Laundry detergent with enzymes
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Clean cloths
  • Suede brush

Scrape up any substance the stain has. If it's chunky or any portion is sitting on the suede, remove as much as you can using your spoon and place it in a trash bag.

Dab at the stain on your suede couch using a clean sponge rinsed in cool water. Avoid rubbing as this may spread the stain.

Sponge at the stain gently so it doesn't spread.
Sponge at the stain gently so it doesn't spread. (Image: sponge image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Mix equal parts of water and an enzyme laundry detergent in a bowl to create a paste.

Use your spatula to apply the paste over the stained area on your suede couch. Allow the paste to sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

Spread your cleaning agent with a spatula.
Spread your cleaning agent with a spatula. (Image: bamboo spatula image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Remove the paste from the suede couch by scraping it up with your spatula.

Saturate a clean cloth with cool water and wring it out. Blot at the area where the paste was to remove your cleaner and any remnants of the stain. Let your suede couch dry completely.

Use cool water as hot water often sets stains.
Use cool water as hot water often sets stains. (Image: robinet image by razorconcept from Fotolia.com)

Fluff up the nap and fibers of the suede by brushing it with a suede brush.

A suede brush helps to clean and maintain suede's appearance.
A suede brush helps to clean and maintain suede's appearance. (Image: brush image by Jorge Casais from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove any lingering odors from the stain by sprinkling baking soda on your suede couch. Allow the baking soda to sit for a few hours before removing it with a vacuum.
  • Avoid getting your suede couch too wet. Always dab at the stain so you're not rubbing too much liquid into the couch.

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