Once the holiday season was over and we all got back on track with our daily routine, I immediately got busy with some cleaning and some of the organization around here. I found a few new stains have suddenly appeared on my suede couches and I thought I would share my recipe for homemade suede cleaner.
I have used this homemade suede cleaner recipe so many times and swear by it. Believe me when I tell you that my poor sofa has been through spills, markers, dirty shoes, vomit, food coloring… you name it! This recipe removes basically any dirt or stain from microfiber or suede furniture. Even if it’s months old. I can’t wait to show this to you! … Oh my, I sure do get excited by the littlest things in life. 🙂
Now, before I go any further:
** PLEASE test this in an inconspicuous area first! Some fabrics do bleed! AND if you have a warranty on your furniture you may not want to do this either.
Homemade Suede Cleaner
- 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
- a spray bottle
- new scrub sponges – one half a scrubbing pad
- a soft brush – the bristles shouldn’t be any harder than a toothbrush. Apotato brush might work well too
- a toothbrush for small spots
- clean dry rags
I sense that you may already have a question. Yes, it must be 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. Why? Well, because you know the percentile refers to the amount of Alcohol per volume. The higher percentile of Alcohol is recommended, as it has less water, so it’s less likely to cause any watermarks.
First and foremost, dust and/or vacuum your sofa. Then, pour your alcohol into the bottle. In my case, my spray cap happened to fit on my alcohol bottle. Clever, huh? Another cool tip I found online. 🙂 Work one area at a time. Alcohol evaporates quickly, so just focus on a spot at a time. Take a look at these permanent marker stains. One without the knowledge about this DIY cleaner, would probably freak out at the sight of these stains. Right? I’m just thankful that this is all I had to remove this time.
Spray over your area and then use the sponge in a circular motion to remove the stain. And voilà!
If your furniture has years of grime or dirt from pets and kids, you may have to do this cleaning process twice. But you’ll notice the difference immediately. I recommend first using the sponge side. After that, use the side with the scouring pad. The scouring pad helps refluff the fabric. Just be careful with the binding area though. Use the toothbrush when you’re cleaning that part.
Once the alcohol is dry use your brush to refluff your fabric. Since my area was so small, it took about 20 minutes for it to dry completely. A good idea would be to open a window and keep the area well ventilated, especially if you’re cleaning your entire sofa.
That’s all there is to it. Look how much better that looks. The results have never disappointed me. I’ve done this for a few years now and am still always surprised and happy on how quick and easy these steps are. Can’t wait to hear about your own experience.