How to Clean Suede Upholstery

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

    1. 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).


  1. 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.
  2. To give the nap an even look after cleaning, run over the surface in one direction with a DRY sponge.
  3. 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.



  1. T says:

    I put the anti-cat scratching tape on my suede chair. With the heat, it melted to my chair and now it’s stained with the sticky where the tape was. Anyone know how to get that ugly stain off? Also, I need to clean the chair and couch of dirty marks; how do I do it?

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