Julie asked: Hello. I have a suede couch, and my puppy stepped in my un-dry artwork, and seems to have gotten gesso right in the middle of my couch! I’ve tried to get as much off when it was wet, but there’s still a little left, and I can’t get it off! Please help.
Gesso, a type of primer, is most often an acrylic-based product. Once it hardens, it tends to stick, so removing it without damaging your suede can be a tricky process. As a result, it’s an excellent idea to spot test before you begin, checking for damage and/or color retention.
You Will Need:
- White vinegar
- Soft brush (a toothbrush is ideal)
- Cotton balls
- Suede brush (optional)
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of salt together in the bowl.
- Use cotton balls to apply the solution directly to the stain on the suede. Make sure you spot test in a hidden area first.
- Wait a few moments, then begin to scrub gently at the spot with the brush.
- Reapply the cleaning solution and repeat as necessary. You may be able to pick some of the paint away with your fingernail or another blunt object, but do so with great care.
- Allow to air dry. Finish with a suede brush to restore the nap.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the method above does not work, you may have an oil-based product on your sofa. Try the basic method again using hand sanitizer. Spot test before you begin.
- Do not soak your suede with the cleaning solution. Use only as much as is necessary to treat the stain itself.
I have lampshades made of brocade and suede panels. I have allowed a hanging plant to overflow and it has left water spots on both the brocade and the suede panels. How can I clean them; there are no dry cleaners that say they “do” lamp shades. HELP! I love these shades and want them to look pretty again. Thanks.