Cleaning Suede

Suede Cleaning

By Carpet Cleaning London

Suede is beautiful, valuable and highly delicate. Most types of suede will not tolerate heavy staining or aggressive cleaning treatments including machine washing. There are however effective yet sparing ways to lift stains and clean suede without causing damage or alteration to the fabric itself.

NB: If possible, you should always use specialised cleaning services when dealing with stains on suede.

What you need to know first: Before attempting any cleaning treatment on the suede item, determine whether or not the suede is genuine or what’s called faux leather or faux fabric. Faux items can be washed conventionally in the washing machine without too much risk. Usually, the tag of the suede item will tell you what type of material you are dealing with. Read the tag carefully as even some faux leathers require dry cleaning.

Remember to: Keep genuine suede away from water or moisture. Some of the more delicate types of suede can sustain permanent water stains. When dealing with a water stain, dab as much of the liquid as possible and let the item air dry for as long as necessary.

Stain removal process:

Begin the suede treatment by fluffing up the nap. The nap is all the small hairs so to say, which give suede its unique feel and appearance. Fluffing up the nap is best done using a soft, cotton towel – rub the towel gently across the stained area until all nap appears fluffy.

Suede CleaningFluffing up the nap will loosen up and remove any hard particles which may be part of the stain. Once you have done this, treat the stained area without chemicals but rub the stain using a clean pencil eraser. The idea of using a pencil eraser is to spare suede from the ill effects of formulated stain removers. Chemical treatment should be resorted to only if the eraser didn’t yield the right results.

If the stain is still visible after the eraser treatment, dampen a soft cloth and use only a sparing amount (possibly diluted) of white vinegar. Be very gentle and minimise contact between towel and suede through blotting NOT rubbing.

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After treating the affected area, let the suede dry up for a bit and determine if the cleaning had an effect. If the stain is still visible repeat the process – patience is a virtue in this case.

You can buy a special suede brush to remove any leftover dirt from the stain once the suede is dry. Be very delicate when using the brush though and minimise contact between the surfaces.

Cleaning Wooden Furniture

Wooden Furniture CleaningMost examples of wooden furniture will accumulate a decent amount of grime and dirt over time, especially in areas where the furniture is in contact with the human body i.e. handles, arm rests etc. One of the proven solutions to this problem is frequent, attentive cleaning. There comes a stage though, where regular cleaning is no longer effective in removing grime and dirt from wooden furniture.

There are more powerful homemade cleaning treatments that will cut through grime and dissolve dirt without damaging the wooden surface underneath. However, these methods should not be used on painted furniture. (If in doubt call a professional cleaning company)

Necessary materials and ingredients: boiled linen seed oil (NOT raw); turpentine, white vinegar, soft rags, old toothbrush, drop sheets, rubber gloves, small plastic container, paint stir stick, paper towels face mask and a vacuum cleaner with multiple nozzle bits.

The cleaning process:

work outside or in a well-ventilated area;

-spread the drop sheet over your selected work area;

-wipe down the wooden furniture piece using damp paper towels, try and remove as much of the grime as possible but don’t get into too much detail.

-vacuum thoroughly al nooks and crannies where you cannot reach by hand;

-prepare the cleaning solution consisting of equal parts white vinegar, turps and boiled linen seed oil;

-moisten the soft rags with the solution and begin wiping down the furniture piece, try not to soak the furniture piece and wipe off any excess liquid as you go.

-repeat the wipe down as many times as necessary to get rid of dirt and grime, but don’t push too hard as you don’t want to damage the lacquered finish underneath.

Wooden Furniture Cleaning-for nooks and crannies where the rag doesn’t fit use the old toothbrush, dab the brush in the solution and treat hard to reach areas, try and follow the grain as much as possible and wipe off any excess liquid.

when you don’t see any more dirt and grime coming off the furniture piece you can stop cleaning, there is no need to rinse or wash the wood.

-let the furniture piece air dry completely, and then use a soft cloth to buff the surface and restore the shine.

Remember to dispose of rags and used materials carefully and accordingly as mineral turps is highly flammable, and so are the soaked rags drop sheets.

If you don’t want to use chemicals when cleaning furniture, use the materials listed above but instead replace turpentine with lemon juice, and linen oil with olive oil.