Elizabeth asked: How do I clean a suede coat with acrylic lining? It is a tan, suede coat with 100% acrylic lining, which is also on the front lapels of the coat. It is a very soft acrylic and blonde in color. I think the stain is from a cup of hot tea with cream and sugar. The acrylic is matted up in the stained area.
Acrylic is commonly used for coat linings. The soft, fur-like texture is both warm and comfortable. Depending on the outer shell of the coat, the coat may be able to be machine washed. When this is not possible, the dirt and stains can be removed with some simple spot cleaning. Here are the directions for spot cleaning the acrylic lining of the coat.
You Will Need:
- Mild detergent (Woolite)
- Soft cloths
Steps to Clean the Lining:
- Fill a sink with cold to warm water.
- Use a soft cloth to moisten the dirty area.
- Place a drop or two of detergent on your fingers.
- Gently work it into the pile of the liner.
- Continue to gently work the detergent into the stain until it is removed.
- Rinse completely with clean water.
- If the pile is long, comb it gently to smooth it out again.
- Allow the lining to air dry.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Never place acrylic lining (faux furs) in the dryer. The heat will cause the fibers to shrink and curl. This will result in tight, matted areas.
- If there are stains that cannot be removed with the mild detergent, see our stain removal guides for additional cleaning options.
- Though acrylic is a strong material that can tolerate a lot of cleaning, over time, too many cleanings will cause it to dull and lose its shine. Keep cleanings to a minimum.
- If the lining can be removed, it can be turned inside out and machine washed on the gentle cycle.
- If you are worried about the condition of the lining and want to ensure there is no damage, have the coat professionally cleaned. Annual cleanings are recommended regardless of use.
- For directions on cleaning a suede coat, see our guide How to Clean a Suede Coat.