How to clean a suede couch?

Suede couches are one of the most popular forms of couches on the market today. They boast a very upmarket quality that allows consumers to feel comfortable as they lounge. They also hide dirt very well, making it quite a difficult product to know when it needs cleaning. 

One common thing is that pets love suede couches. Even more, their fur does too. My little dog skippy doesn’t go a day without hopping on the couch despite my biggest efforts to try and stop her. 

Pet hair on the couch, amongst other things, can be a serious cause for concern in terms of health. You may not have an allergy to dogs. However, your guests might. Therefore, it is wise to be in the habit of cleaning your couch as often as once a month. 

Pets often play everywhere outside, and what they bring into the house could affect you and your children, especially with a new-born baby in the house. If you have some free time now and wish to start cleaning, let’s talk about how to do it.  

What will you need?

  1. Rubbing alcohol
  2. White Vinegar
  3. Dishwashing liquid
  4. Commercial glue remover
  5. A vacuum 
  6. Suede brush
  7. Bucket
  8. Microfiber cloth

Step by Step Process.

  1. Vacuum 

The first thing we want to do is deal with all the physical elements of dirt that we can see. This will include soil, fur, and any food crumbs that may have been left on the couch since you bought it. You would be shocked as to how much dirt a couch can hide from us. If you have a vacuum, you must attach the upholstery brush attachment because it will work best for suede couches. 

It works best because it is not as harsh as the other attachments. In doing so, you will protect the suede material. Once you begin, make sure to remove the cushions and do each one individually.

I would recommend doing this outside in the driveway if you can to allow the sun to also help. Natural light is a big help in sanitizing things. Once done, vacuum in the crevices that the eye cannot see. If you are going to clean the couch, you might as well clean the entire couch for your peace of mind. So, do not leave any part out. 

  1. Mix Solution

You can buy professional suede cleaners in almost any hardware store around. These, however, can be quite pricey. Therefore, we have a home solution here that will work too. You will want to mix the dishwashing liquid with a bit of rubbing alcohol. 

The dishwashing liquid will make the mixture foamy, which will make it easier to clean. The alcohol will be your prime disinfectant in this case. When you do this, add some warm water to it. It doesn’t matter how hot the water is; just enough not to burn yourself. 

Once done, you add the vinegar to the solution. This will reduce the acidity of the solution, meaning it will not discolor your couch. When this is completed, you can now mix the solution together. Make sure it’s mixed well and evenly. 

  1. Clean the couch with a suede brush

I recommend a suede brush because it offers much more soft and lighter thistles than a normal brush could. In doing so, you are likely to preserve your suede. Suede is a very soft and thin material, and this means that it can be easily damaged. 

If you do not have a suede brush, you can always use a microfiber cloth. When cleaning, try to scrub every section of the couch as hard as you can. This solution should take care of the chemical elements that are not visible. 

This will include all germs, bacteria, and live cultures. Remember that the harder you scrub, the better your couch will be. Often you will be able to see the couch become a lighter shade of the color it is. This means you’re effectively removing the dirt.

  1. Wipe down the couch with a microfiber cloth

When this process is done, we will want to wipe down the couch with warm water and a microfiber cloth. This will ensure that when resting on the couch, you are not exposed to too much chemical. You will also want the couch to dry much faster than if you just left it with the chemical on. Lastly, if left on for too long, the chemical can end up damaging your couch, so be careful. 

  1. Final Vacuum

When all this is done, we will want to do one final vacuum to get all the water left on the couch out. Once done, it is advisable to leave the couch under direct sunlight then. This will take care of any germs that managed to survive. It will also dry the couch and prevent water from seeping through, which could end up making the couch rot. 

How Long it will take

This entire procedure should take you about one hour to complete depending on how many couches you are washing. I would say about 30 minutes vacuuming and 30 minutes to scrub. After that, you will need to leave the couch in the sun for a full day to allow it to dry. This means you should try to do this in the morning if possible.

Expected Results

The expected result should be a clean and healthy suede couch. You should be able to smell how clean and soft the couch feels. 

Things to look out for

You should avoid doing this at night because the sofa needs to dry. You should also make sure to wipe down the couch to remove all the chemicals. Do not let the solution get into your eyes.


This process is not very difficult, and once you get it right, you can rest easy. It will save you from unwanted allergies and illnesses resulting from germs getting on the couch. It should be a process to get done at least once a month, especially if you have pets and children in the house. 

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