Suede has always been a popular material, as it is softer and much more comfortable and fashionable than leather. At the same time, it is available in a great variety of colors and textures. However, accessories and fabrics made from suede require regular maintenance and preventive care to keep them in prime shape. The one thing that you need to guard them from is grease stains. Since suede has a special porous material, removing grease stains from it becomes all the more difficult. However, though suede is quite vulnerable to grease stains, some home remedies can help you remove them and take care of your suede products. Even in case where they may not be able to completely eliminate the stains, they would surely reduce them to quite a large extent. Read on further to find some tips on how to remove grease stains from suede.
Cleaning Grease Stains From Suede
The basic requirement of removing grease stains from suede is to act on them as soon as possible.
- Using paper towels, blot the grease stain gently and as much as possible.
- Combine equal parts of cornstarch and talcum powder.
- Sprinkle the mixture on the stained area and leave it overnight.
- Brush the mixture gently from the grease spot.
- Apply the mixture 2 to 3 times, until the stain fades away completely.
- Finally, brush the stain gently, with an art gun or a very soft eraser.
- After following this process, if the stain still exists, take the suede item to professional leather cleaner.
- Rub enough talcum powder or cornstarch into the stained area and cover the entire stain with a generous layer of powder.
- Allow the cornstarch or powder to completely absorb the oily stain, say for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove the cornstarch from the treated area with a clean, soft toothbrush.
- In case the stain still exists, apply more cornstarch and repeat the above steps.
- Place a dry paper towel over the stain and press a clothes iron over the area. Use the steam function, as it will create moisture and make it easier to remove the grease stain.
- Dab some citrus solvent on the treated area, in case the stain still subsists.
- Cover the stain with a paper towel and iron the area once again.
- Rub the stain using a suede eraser or pencil eraser. This will also lift the suede material up for cleaning.
- Spray some degreaser onto the grease stain.
- Dab some clean paper towels into the stained area, until the stain has disappeared.
- Using the coarse side of a suede brush, scrub the stain and the areas around the stain, in a circular motion.
- Flip the suede brush and brush the stained area with the soft-bristled side.
- Finally, spray some suede protector to form a thin coat over the entire treated area. Let the solution dry for about 4 to 6 hours.