Suede settees are a great addition to one’s home. They bring a fresh, luxurious look to your home interior. However, they have a bad reputation for being notoriously difficult to maintain. Our team of professionals have put together a guide on how to care for your suede sofa to show proud owners of them that they are not so hard to look after. If cared for properly, that is. Follow the simple instructions and guarantee your couch lives its life to the fullest.
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What is Suede?
To care for your suede couch the right way, you must inform yourself on what it actually is. Suede is a supple, soft type of leather. It is usually made from the underside of an animal, as the skin is softest at that point. There is a warm, fuzzy texture that comes with suede leather that normal leather just does not provide. Suedette is the man-made alternative for this luxurious material, as many people are not fond of using real leather. It is usually made from rayon or cotton. If you are on a tight budget, this is a perfect alternative to authentic suede. Now that you know what it is, we are going to tell you how to care for your suede sofa.
How to Care for Your Suede Sofa
To make sure your suede sofa is in tip-top condition, you must incorporate a few extra tasks into your weekly cleaning routine. Here are a few handy things that you should keep around to help you uphold the routine:
- Suede-specific furniture cleaner
- Suede napping brush
- Stain-repellent for furniture
Now that you are properly equipped, it is time to get to the good stuff. Here is our list of carefully gathered professional tips on how to care for your suede sofa:
- It is a good idea to give your suede sofa a spray with stain-repellent once a week. This will help avoid any sticky stains working their way into the fabrics. Make sure you give the entire surface a good spraying.
- Another thing our team of professionals recommend is keeping on top of the dust. Give your sofa a once over with the vacuum cleaner while you are doing the carpets.
- While we are on that note, lifting the cushions and making sure no dirt is trapped in the corners of the suede sofa is also necessary. You can give the cushions a good brushing off while you are at it.
- After taking care of the dust problem, you can give the cushions a nice brush with the napping brush. This will help take care of the stubborn dirt that has lodged itself among the fibres.
How to Clean Fresh Stains off Your Suede Sofa
One of the most important things with suede sofas is to catch those nasty spills on time. If they dry, it will become near impossible to treat the stains without causing the suede material irreversible damage. We would recommend calling in professional upholstery cleaners for that one. However, we can surely help you tackle the fresh stains. Here are our tips on how to deal with wet spills:
- First off, you need to soak up as much of the spill as possible with a clean kitchen roll.
- After you have done that, get a slightly damp cloth (cool water) and blot the area gently. This will help remove any residue.
- If the spill is of the more colourful sort, you may need to repeat the previous step 2 or 3 times. You may need to use a bit of furniture cleaner that is specifically for suede.
- Finally, it is a good idea to get a hairdryer and dry out the area if it seems too soaked. It is important to have the dryer on the lowest setting and hold away from the fabric.
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