how to care for suede leather

How to Care for Suede

Posted on August 24, 2021 by Steven Toltz

It’s hard to think about cooler weather while in the middle of a very hot summer, but before you know it, the fall season will be here and soon you will be putting away your shorts, tank tops and short-sleeved shirts and bringing out warmer weather apparel, including your favorite suede jacket or coat. You have been waiting a long time to finally put it on too. After all, it is one of your favorite pieces in the closet.

Suede is exquisite. It also requires a little extra love when it comes to care. Dependable Cleaners suede care specialists have put together a few tips on how to keep your favorite suede jacket looking brand new.

What is Suede?

Suede is a type of leather. Softer, thinner and not as strong as traditional leather, suede gained popularity in the 20th century thanks to its delicate and soft feel. The three most popular types of suede include:

  • Pigskin suede – thick, heavy and durable
  • Sheepskin suede – softest and most delicate
  • Cowhide suede – roughest type of suede

Suede is frequently used for making footwear, outerwear and even jewelry. Caring for suede is unique. In other words, don’t place your suede pants, jacket, or shoes in the washing machine.

Dependable Cleaners’ fabric care experts recommend bringing your suede to one of our multiple Denver Metro area locations for cleaning, but there are a few things you can do at home to ensure that suede keeps looking fresh in the meantime.

How to Care for Suede

You just purchased a suede jacket. Now what? Suede is a beautiful fabric and we want to preserve it for as long as possible. The number one thing you should do is read the manufacturer’s label because there may be specific care instructions for suede.

Waterproof your suede jacket before even putting it on for the first time. Water will damage suede beyond the point of repair. Waterproofing suede also helps prevent stains from building and makes it easier to clean.

Invest in a suede brush to help get rid of any dirt or dust that may come into contact with your suede jacket, before it sets. Always brush in the direction of the grain. Not sure which brush you should get? We are happy to recommend one; contact us.

Store suede properly in a box or a hang up in a protected garment bag to prevent dust build up.

DO NOT put your suede jacket in your washer at home (despite what you may see on YouTube). Suede should never be submerged in water because heavy soil will ruin your once beautiful suede coat.

Dry Cleaning Suede at Dependable Cleaners

Unlike work or dress shirts, you don’t need to send suede jackets to the dry cleaners on a weekly basis. But you should send it to be professionally dry cleaned at least once a year (before storing it at the end of the season). Dependable Cleaners should be your first choice when it comes to restoring or preserving suede. Our suede cleaning services use a professional grade solution that is meticulously applied to clean this delicate material, ensuring its wear for years to come. 

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