How to Remove Oil Stains From Faux Suede

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Oil leaves dark stains on faux suede shoes and clothing. The sooner you work on removing the oil, the better chance you have of removing it completely. The longer oil sits on faux suede, the more it will set in and the more difficult it will be to eliminate. If you would rather not attempt this yourself, you can have a professional suede cleaner do it for you. Otherwise, you can try getting the oil stains out with a few items you have around the house.


Things You'll Need

  • Corn starch

  • Suede brush

  • Vinegar

  • Cotton cloth

  • Leather or suede cleaner

Step 1

Apply corn starch to the stain by sprinkling it on. Let sit for 10 minutes.

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Step 2

Use your hands to brush away the corn starch. Brush with a suede brush to restore the nap. Repeat steps 1 and 2 if oil remains.

Step 3

Treat the oil stain with vinegar if it still isn't gone. Moisten a cotton cloth with a bit of household vinegar. Brush it on the suede lightly. Avoid saturating the suede. Once completely dry, use your suede brush.

Step 4

Use a suede-cleaning product if the stain still remains. This is likely with old stains.