How to Get Smoke Out of Suede

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Suede made from synthetic material is easier to maintain.
Suede made from synthetic material is easier to maintain.

Smoke lingers in the air and attaches itself onto clothing and textiles of all kinds. Once smoke seeps into suede, the smell is embedded and, most likely, will need help getting out. Suede is a type of leather with a nap finish and must be handled carefully when cleaning and deodorizing its surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry cleaning kit
  • Dryer
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Hanger
  • Outside covered area
  • Baking soda
  • Box

Step 1

Talk about cost upfront at a drycleaners.
Talk about cost upfront at a drycleaners.

Take clothing items to the dry cleaners. Dry cleaners use an oil-based or chlorinated solvent, not water, to clean suede and get rid of smells. Talk to a dry cleaning professional and ask about your options. Remember there are no guarantees and some methods will be pricey.

Step 2

A dryer's heat may help eliminate the odor of smoke from suede.
A dryer's heat may help eliminate the odor of smoke from suede.

Purchase an at-home dry cleaning kit. Home stores and supermarkets carry such products. Place clothing items in the provided bag and include the special deodorizing pad. Insert in the dryer for the time specified on the instructions.

Step 3

Hold the misting bottle six inches from the suede item.
Hold the misting bottle six inches from the suede item.

Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water int a spray bottle. For furniture, such as a suede couch, open the windows in a room and mist the item lightly with the spray. Allow to dry for a half hour before using. For a suede piece of clothing, place the item on a sturdy hanger and hang outside. Mist lightly and let hang for 12 hours.

Step 4

Air the item outside for 24 hours. Bring it inside and place a box of baking soda in a container. Add the item, cover the box and wait one to three days. The baking soda has neutralizing properties that can eliminate unwanted smoke smell.

Tip

  • Place cedar balls or charcoal in a bag and add to the container. Protect suede immediately after purchasing with a suede stain and waterproofing spray.

Warning

  • Do not sprinkle baking soda directly onto suede.

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