Suede is a type of leather that is created from the underside of the hide. The fibers are buffed and raised to give it a velvety touch. Suede upholstery is also known as Nubuck upholstery. Protection and careful cleaning are the keys to keeping your suede furniture looking.
Caring for Suede/Nubuck Upholstery
- Suede and Nubuck Upholstery is a type of leather and should be cleaned with a napping brush (being careful not to over-rub any particular spot) and a Nubuck Cleaning Cloth (available at most furniture stores).
- When cleaning suede, move the cloth in different directions so as to clean all sides of the nap. However, always use a gentle touch when cleaning suede as over-cleaning any particular spot will damage the nap.
- To give the nap an even look after cleaning, run over the surface in one direction with a DRY sponge.
- Using a waterproofing agent designed for suede on your suede upholstery will keep it looking its best in between cleanings.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Always clean up spills promptly as suede is porous and if allowed to sit, a minor spill will become a stain and a major problem. All spills should be blotted with a clean, white paper towel or cloth; never rubbed or it will be forced deeper into the fabric.
- Avoid using any kinds of solvents or cleaners on your upholstery that are not designed specifically for suede.
- Small spots or stains may be eliminated using a clean brown art gum eraser to rub the stain away. NEVER use a pink pencil or other colored eraser as it may leave a mark.
- If your upholstery is seriously soiled, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaner, making sure the company specializes in leather upholstery.