If you’re anything like me, you probably have one of your cherished designer bags stashed away somewhere in your wardrobe right now. It’s possible that you even have more than one. The Chloé Faye Bag was something I had my eye on for a very long time before I decided to go ahead and make the purchase. How To Clean Suede Purse?
On the other hand, since I keep that stunning suede piece of art for “special occasions,” which are days when there is not even a trace of moisture in the air and there is no snow on the ground, it almost never gets worn. Suede is one of the most delicate fabrics that may be used to make bags; once it has been soiled, there is no way to clean it. Or so I thought at the time.
After going through the ordeal of having a stain on my suede bag (I reside in New York; it was inevitable that it would happen someday), I hurriedly searched the internet for advice and solutions to bring my darling back to its immaculate state. It did not turn out to be as difficult to clean a suede purse as I had first assumed it would be. To correctly handle the material, it only takes particular, exact methods and instruments (some of which you may already have in your kitchen!), as well as the knowledge necessary to do so.
You may quickly restore your suede bag to its former glory with the equipment and advice that are shown below; alternatively, you can make sure that your carry-all, which is already clean, remains in great shape for many years to come. Continue reading to learn how to clean a suede bag and remove any and all stains, including gum, grime, and stains.
Use a Dry Brush
A dry towel is all that’s needed to remove visible surface scratches and water stains. When working with suede, the general rule of thumb is to avoid applying any color at all since water will cause the suede to change color. Make use of the clean cloth, and massage your bag in a circular motion to erase any surface markings. It is important to avoid pressing too firmly on the suede in order to avoid damaging its surface roughness.
Use a Specialty Brush to Remove Dirt
Use a brush to remove dust from your bag and restore its excellent look. However, you cannot use any old brush; you will need a specialized brush such as this leather brush from Amazon (don’t worry; it’s just $7). You may remove dust and debris from your handbag by brushing the suede in a single direction, or you can make minor strokes in both directions to assist loosen up certain stains.
Remove Stains With an Eraser
The worst possible thing that could happen to a suede bag is for it to become stained; nevertheless, this does not have to mean the end of your much-loved purse. You might try using an eraser on a soft pencil to remove the stain completely. After that, after the stain has been removed, you may attempt the first tip. Check to ensure that the eraser is sanitized and has not been used before.
Condition It Up
After you have thoroughly cleaned your suede bag, it is highly recommended that you next condition it. Apply a little amount of a suede conditioner designed specifically for suede (such as the one sold on Amazon), spread it on a buffing cloth, and then use short, even strokes to work the conditioner into the bag. Remember to finish the seams and corners before moving on.
Apply Vinegar or Rubbing Alcohol to a Clean Cloth
It is OK to use vinegar and rubbing alcohols on suede since they may help brighten the material once it has become dingy or dusty over time. Using these products is harmless. When attempting to clean suede, first pour a tiny quantity onto a clean cloth, just enough to make the fabric moist, and then massage the suede with the damp cloth to clean it.
Depending on the level of filth that has accumulated on the fabric, you may need to use the solution more than once. After treating the suede with vinegar or rubbing alcohol, give it enough time to dry fully.
Periodically Clean Your Bag Professionally
Even when you clean your bag on a regular basis, bringing it to a professional suede cleaner at least once a year will ensure that it remains in pristine condition for the rest of its life. The cleaner is going to give your luggage the full spa treatment, which is something that you would not be able to do yourself.
Freeze Your Bag
Indeed, you can. Do not worry if you find yourself in a really sticky predicament, such as getting gum or wax attached to your suede (yikes), since there is still a chance that you can get out of it. You are able to get rid of it by first freezing your handbag (yes, you read that correctly). This will cause the wax or gum to become more rigid, and once it has reached this state, you will be able to remove it off or chip it off using your fingertips (but not any sharp instruments) without damaging the substance.
Can you wash a suede purse in the washing machine?
Suede is a luxury material that is both supple and sumptuous, yet because to its porous nature, it attracts stains easily. Because it cannot be cleaned in a washing machine, you will need to either take it to a dry cleaner or give a couple of these home cleaning techniques a go in order to get the job done.
How do you make suede look new?
At home, you can refresh the nap of your suede shoes by gently brushing them with a suede brush in a back-and-forth motion. This will clean the shoes while also refreshing the nap. If you do not have a suede brush, you may get do with a toothbrush that has soft bristles. If your shoes are stained, you might try rubbing white vinegar into the affected areas. After the vinegar has had a chance to dry, brush the area.