How To Clean A Suede Couch And Chair

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How To Clean A Suede Couch

Suede couches and chairs come in two different materials that will add an extravagant look to your house. Knowing how to clean a suede couch properly can make the difference between ruining your expensive couch. These suede couches have special labeling on them which tells you what and what you cannot use on them based on the letter ( W, S, And X.

Do not worry, I will outline the different materials you can use liquid on and whatnot. Plus give you a better understanding of the labeling so you know how to clean your suede couch and chair better next time and worry-free.

Different Types Of Suede Couch Materials

Natural Suede: Natural suede is made from top-grain animal leather that is dyed to whatever color catches the eye. This suede has the best feeling to it creating a fuzzy feeling and look.

Microfiber Suede: Microfiber suede is more affordable than you find in typical homes. It is made of polyester and nylon which mimics the feeling of natural suede, however, microfiber suede is much stronger than natural suede and resists stains, water, dirt, and dust much better. I would recommend this material if you have kids.

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Suede Material Codes:

W: If you see a W on the table of the couch, it means you can use a water-based solution on it to clean it.

S: This letter means you should not use any liquid base materials on the suede couch at all, even if it has a stain or oil spill.

X: This code means you cannot use any liquid material on the suede couch or suede chair at all because it will permanently damage it. On vacuum and brush the couch to clean it.

S-W: This code means you can either use a liquid solvent cleaning solution or non-liquid solvent soliton to clean your couch. Neither will damage the suede on the couch.

How Often To Clean A Suede Couch An Suede Chair

Cleaning your suede couch and chair often can be both bad and good. Too much cleaning can damage the suede whether it is natural or microfibre suede. I would recommend cleaning the couch or chair once a month and give it a regular vacuum if you see anything in it.

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Things Needed To Clean The Suede Couch:


Instructions To Clean Couch

How To Clean A Natural Suede Couch

The first thing you will need to do is check to see if your couch or chair is natural leather or microfiber leather. This will prevent you from damaging it by using liquid on it. If the label on the couch doesn’t say if it is leather or microfibre suede, Follow the guide and see what letter it says. Leather suede will always have S label on it meaning no liquid cleaning solution only dry cleaning.

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  1. Remove everything from the couch that you see that will get stuck in the vacuum if it is too big. Use the smallest attachment that comes with the vacuum to clean out the creases and remove all the dirt and dust.
  2. Find any area that you might see stains and grease on and sprinkle some cornstarch on it to help absorb the grease and some of the stains. Cornstarch works great when it comes to removing oil stains, you can even use it as a dry shampoo.
  3. Use the suede brush and brush the couch to get whatever might be in the fuzz out so that the vacuum can suck it up when you vacuum it. Use the suede brush on the stains as well after you have brushed the entire couch, do not reuse it on the couch. Vacuum the couch properly and you are done. Baby powder can be sprinkled on it to get rid go bad odors.
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How To Clean A Microfiber Suede Couch

microfiber suede couch

Microfiber suede couches are the easiest to clean and remove stains and dirt, this is the reason why it is the best material to have when you have kids in the house. Most microfiber couch will have an S-W Or W which mean you can use anything on the material or water-based cleaning solution is safe to use except using bleach. Bleach will destroy the fibers and change the color.


  1. Cleaning your microfiber couch with dawn dish soap is the perfect cleaning solution to remove both grease and dirt at the same time. You can add 2 tablespoons of dawn dish soap to a spray bottle along with a half cup of baking soda, then add warm water until the bottle is full. If you want to use a bucket and sponge, you can use it instead of the spray bottle. Mix half cup dawn dish soap with a half bucket of warm water with 1 cup of baking soda for the mixture in a bucket. Remove everything from the couch and vacuum it. If you have glue on the suede couch, use cleaning solutions like goo gone to remove the glue without damaging the suede.
  2. Spray the area where you see any stains or marks directly and use a scrub brush to scrub the area thoroughly. Microfiber suede couches can take a lot more beating and pressure when cleaning. Use the suede brush and brush the entire couch while you spray it with the homemade cleaning solution you just made.
  3. Vacuum the couch when you are finished doing that, then give it a slight brush with the suede brush in one direction where you see the fuzz standing up straight. Leave it to dry and you are done. If you see excess water on the couch, you can use a microfiber cloth to wipe it away easily.
  4. Call a cleaning service that specializes in cleaning suede furniture if your couch or chair is in a bad condition and nothing that you try works for you.
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Using Rubbing alcohol To Clean Microfiber Suede Couch

cleaning microfiber suede chair with rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol can be used to clean your suede couch to remove direct stains that you see on it that are hard to get out. The ingredient of the rubbing alcohol will penetrate the stain and remove it much fast. Only use this on couches that have a W Or S-W label on the tags.


  1. You can follow the instructions above to clean your suede couch with dawn dish soap and just replace the dawn dish soap and baking soda with rubbing alcohol only. Just use the rubbing alcohol to clean dark areas or stains that you see because the rubbing alcohol will slightly lighten the color if it is used on clean areas without stains.


How To Clean A Suede Chair

cleaning microfiber suede couch

Cleaning a suede chair is slightly different from cleaning a regular suede couch or microfiber suede couch. The way we sit in the chair is totally different from how we sit on a couch and the oil from our body on our legs will rub off on the side of the chair.

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The center of the chair will be clean, while the sides have a darker color to it because of our legs and hands being on it when we eat at the table. To clean the suede chair follow any of the instructions above on the type of material chair you have and focus on the sides of the chair where you see the most dirt or food stains. If it is natural suede, do not use liquid and if it is microfiber suede, use anything on it. Always check the label to make sure what later code you see.


How To Protect Suede Material Furniture In Your House?

cleaning microfiber suede couch

  • Avoid touching the material with sweaty hands or greasy hands.
  • Use a protective coat on the suede material if it allows water to touch it.
  • Clean the suede couch or material regularly to prevent grease buildup or stains.
  • Keep material away from excessive moisture.
  • Use less suede material in your house if you have kids.
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Having a microfiber or natural suede coach in your house is a great way to enhance the look of your living space and furniture. If you have kids that are at a younger age, go for the microfiber suede couch or chair. They are more resistant to stains and can be cleaned much easier.

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