How to Get Paint Out of Suede

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Take special care when cleaning suede.
Take special care when cleaning suede.

Though luxurious, suede clothing, shoes, bags and furniture can be high-maintenance and must be taken care of properly in order to ensure longevity. Something like accidentally spilling paint on your favorite suede chair or jacket can be disheartening, to say the least; however don’t assume your furniture or coat is necessarily ruined. There are ways to remove the paint and save your favorite items.

Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife
  • Water
  • Mild soap
  • Sponge
  • Dry cloth
  • Leather cleaner
  • Dry cleaner

Step 1

Scrape the excess paint off your suede clothing or furniture. Use a blunt tool, such as a butter knife, to avoid accidentally damaging the item. Very gently use the edge of the knife to clear away as much of the dried paint as you are able; do not force the paint off your jacket or chair, or you may cause a permanent mark.

Step 2

Wash the remaining paint off your suede item with soap suds. Use lukewarm water and mild soap to create a gentle detergent; make sure to swirl the mixture around quite a bit in order to create an abundance of soap suds. Dip a sponge into the suds part of the mixture and gently rub the paint spot; do not dip the sponge into the water as that can also cause a permanent mark to remain on your suede item.

Step 3

Wipe the soap suds off your suede jacket or chair with a dry cloth and then allow the spot to completely dry.

Step 4

Apply a leather cleaner if any paint remains on your suede item. Use a dry, clean cloth and gently rub the affected area with the cleaner. Allow the spot to fully dry.

Step 5

Enlist the help of a dry cleaner if the paint remains on your item of clothing. You may choose to use this as a last resort since it will most likely be expensive; however, it may be worth the price in order to save your favorite jacket, boots or bag.

Step 6

Apply a home-use dry cleaning solvent if the paint is on a piece of furniture. Test the product on a hidden spot first to make sure there will be no adverse reaction.

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