How to Clean a Suede Jacket

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Clean a Suede Jacket

Suede is a very beautiful and elegant material but is especially expensive too. And when the time comes for washing a suede jacket, what can and cannot be done must be very clear because it is a very special and delicate material. In this article we will give you some recommendations for suede maintenance and teach you how to clean a suede jacket, so time doesn't leave its mark on this special garment.

You'll need:
  • Soft everyday use brush
  • Hard brush for dry stains
  • Specific cleaning rubber
  • Warm water
  • Special cleaners with solvent
  • Suede renovator
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Steps to follow:

Before we explain the correct way to clean a suede jacket you must keep in mind that this type of fabric is very porous. This means that it absorbs all kind of substances and is very easy to be stained by dust, a little water, friction, etc. Let´s just say that it is a material which is very susceptible to become stained. So, it is very common for people to having to clean a suede jacket stain.


A measure for the care of a suede jacket is a good brushing to avoid it becoming uncombed. There are special brushes for this task. If it is just for daily care, it should have soft bristles but if you are using it to remove a dry suede jacket stain then use one with hard bristles. Also, you can remove a dry stain by brushing against the direction of the hair and, in case you want to simply comb the material, go with the hair.


With time, suede becomes shiny and gets very dirty. If your jacket does not have deep stains, if you use a specific cleaning rubber, it will look new. Rubbers are essential cleaning accessories for cleaning suede, they are flexible and do not abuse the material. To clean your suede jacket with this product, simply rub it a little as if it were an eraser.

How to Clean a Suede Jacket - Step 3

If your jacket has more serious stains it is time to use special cleaners whose formula contains a solvent and a cleaning base. You can try a DIY clean of you suede jacket using a leather cleaner, but this formula must be diluted in a container with twice its volume in warm water. Then, rub the area to be treated with a stiff brush which has been well soaked in the mixture.

Then rinse the brush thoroughly and rub again until there is no foam. Now you just have to leave it to dry completely.

At the end, comb the fabric with a stiff brush in the direction of the hair.


After the process of cleaning a suede jacket is complete, it is advisable to apply a suede renovator. These products are for cleaning, coloring and waterproofing these materials. They ensure a perfect finish.

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  • You'll find suede-cleaning rubber on the Internet easily or in some specialized shop.

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