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Caring for a Suede Couch

Last Updated Apr 20, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

If you absolutely love the look of suede but have always been a bit wary of buying a suede couch because you’ve thought it might be difficult to care for and keep clean, here’s some good news for you.  Caring for a suede couch is easier than you might think, so you can enjoy the beauty and comfort of suede without having to worry about everyday spills and wear and tear!  Here are some great tips for maintaining suede couches. For more information or advice, have a chat with your local furniture retailer.

Take Preventative Measures!

If you’re bringing a suede couch home, the most important thing that you can do for it in terms of caring for it is to take preventative measures!  What does this mean?  It means applying protective coatings before you sit on it for the first time and reapplying those coatings regularly.  Several brands of suede protectors are available and your furniture retailer should be able to provide you with one or recommend one for you.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the suede coating and you should find that your couch stays water and stain proof.

Brush Your Couch

It may sound a little weird but another important component in caring for your suede couch is to brush it regularly.  Brushing the couch actually helps to keep the suede fresh and in tip top condition.  You can do this using a special suede brush or you can simply use a clean terry cloth to do so.

Removing Stains and Water Spots

If, despite your best efforts, your suede couch gets stains or water spots, there are things that you can do to remove the damage.  To remove stains, simply use an extremely fine grade sandpaper to gently rub the stain. Use a circular motion and always be very gentle.  If the stain is very small, you can even use a pencil eraser.  If you get water spots on your suede couch, simply allow them to dry and then brush them with your suede brush.  If you’ve got tricky stains such as red wine or food, use a specialised cleaner to get the stain out.  Just check the bottle first to make sure it’s suitable for use on suede!

Vacuum the Couch!

You want to try and keep the dirt and debris off of your suede couch and the best way to do this is to simply run the vacuum over it!  Use the upholstery attachment that comes with your vacuum cleaner and go over the cushions, the surface of the couch and to get into all the nooks and crannies.  Do this regularly – once a month or so should be fine!
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