How to Bleach Suede

Bleach Suede
Bleach Suede

Bleaching suede is extremely tricky, and is usually best done by a professional. Many dry-cleaning services specialize in cleaning suede and leather. But if you want to give it a try yourself, here's how. (Just be prepared to deal with the outcome, and keep your expectations low.)

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Leather dye
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Blade
  • Blow dryer
  • Blow dryer holder

Step 1

Generously apply bleach to the desired area, using cotton balls or cotton swabs.

Step 2

Let the bleach dry completely.

Step 3

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the stain is removed or the light color you desire is achieved.

Step 4

Purchase a leather dye that matches the color of the item you are bleaching.

Step 5

Ensure that the area is completely dry. Use cotton swabs to carefully apply the dye to the area bleached. (You can also use a soft toothbrush.)

Step 6

Repeat Step 5 until the color in the area matches the item.

Step 7

Scrape the suede with a blade while blow-drying. This will re-nap the suede. (Some people use their fingernails, but that can get very messy.) Use a blow-dryer holder, or get someone else to help.

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