Microsuede or suede upholstery creates a luxurious look whether it's covering a couch, sofa sectional, chair or even a stylish ottoman. Microsuede, also known as microfiber, is a man-made fiber, while suede is natural material created from the split hide of leather. Both materials are fairly durable fabrics that work great on the furniture you use daily. Check out a few of the tips from the
at ServiceMaster Clean for suede furniture cleaning.
How to Clean a Suede Couch
The trick for how to clean suede couches or other furniture covered in this fabric is to remember you're dealing with natural fibers. Anytime you have natural fibers, you want to avoid harsh cleaners that may be abrasive to the material, resulting in scratches and scarring.
Suede furniture care requires regular vacuuming to keep surface dirt from becoming ground in and causing the material to appear grimy and unattractive. Use the upholstery brush attachment from your vacuum to loosen dirt and particulates from the suede. A soft bristle nail brush also can be used to freshen the nap of suede furniture as well, refreshing its look.
Use a suede eraser to remove stains or those grimy dirt marks that often develop on the arms of suede couches and chairs. This is the same suede eraser you'd use for cleaning suede shoes or handbags. They're fairly inexpensive and can be found in the cleaning aisle of most stores or in the shoe department near the shoe polish. After using the suede eraser to remove a stain or grime, rely upon a soft-bristle brush to revive the suede's nap.
Cleaning Suede Furniture: DIY Tips
Suede upholstery cleaning can be done at home with a few simple products. However, before choosing the best method for how to clean a suede couch or other piece of furniture, carefully read the manufacturer's care instructions. On most furniture you'll find care instructions with labels such as W, S and W/S. If the label has a W, the suede can be cleaned with water or a water-based product. If it's labeled S, only use a solvent-based cleaner specifically designed for suede.
If you have microsuede furniture with care instructions with a W, you can spot clean the fabric with a mild dish soap and damp cloth. Be sure not to saturate the fabric and to brush the microsuede after it has dried thoroughly. Always test any cleaners, even water on a hidden area to ensure it won't leave spots or damage the fabric.
For additional questions regarding how to clean suede furniture, contact our upholstery experts at ServiceMaster Clean. We can assess the furniture's need and select the right cleaning process that will safely and effectively treat the suede.
Follow the ServiceMaster Clean tips and tricks for suede upholstery cleaning for couches, sectionals, chairs and more.