Suede is a breathable and gentle textile, but is notoriously difficult to clean. Follow these easy steps to keep your vintage fashion garment pristine.
Suede is a characteristically breathable, gentle, and adaptable textile. Its flexibility is due to it being derived from the underside of the of the animal hide and the gentle sanding down during the manufacturing process. Suede is easy to manipulate and is often used by designers in footwear and bag designs. This textile is known for being notoriously difficult to clean, but by following these easy instructions you can extend your vintage fashion suede garments.
Washing Vintage Fashion Suede
Caring for a suede garment is an on going exercise as it is absorbent in nature which makes it prone to stains and dirt. When you purchase your suede vintage fashion item, you need to treat it with a a water-resistant suede protector spray, which are available at any retailer which sells suede products. Before you spray, use a soft brush, like a nail brush and gently brush the suede to raise the nap. By doing this, the spray will spread and coat the item more evenly.
- Some suede vintage fashion items stain if they are exposed to water. If this occurs it is best to we the entire garment and sponge dry to even out any discolouration.
- If tougher stains occur, you should brush the entire area to raise the nap and wash it with a gentle non-drying soap.
- Some stains can be easily be remove by gently rubbing a pencil eraser over the stain to remove it from the garment.
- Scuff marks are easily removed by brushing the nap on the suede item back and forth.
Drying Vintage Fashion Suede
This textile doesn’t have a complicated drying regime it simply needs a support structure while drying in order for it to retain its shape. Vintage fashion suede foot wear should be stuffed with newspaper or plastic while air drying in a well ventilated area.
Storing Vintage Fashion Suede
To avoid loss of colour or mildew growing on your vintage fashion suede garments, wrap suede items in tissue paper and store in well ventilated containers when not in use. Tissue paper acts as a sponge and will remove excess moisture from the garment and the air surrounding it.