How Does Suede React to Water?

by Megan Curley


Suede is a type of leather that is brushed or rippled instead of smooth. It is most popularly made from lamb or calf and is used for making footwear, handbags, jackets, wallets, and many other types of accessories. Suede differs from leather in that it is much more absorbent and becomes dirty if not properly protected.

How Suede Reacts to Water

Suede and water are not a good match, especially if the suede is not protected by a fabric protectant. Because of suede's brushed or raised finish, it is porous and absorbs liquids easily. Liquids can stain and ruin the shape and brushed finish of the suede. Instead of repelling water like some leather does, water or other liquids will seep into suede leaving it discolored, dull, matted or even pilled.

Suede Care

Protecting your suede is a good investment in these beautiful garments. Treating the suede with a protective coating of suede protectant creates a barrier against liquids and other staining elements. For shoes and boots used often, this protectant should be applied every three months to ensure against damage. Suede can be cleaned by brushing out dirt or sopping up excess liquid, dried completely and then treated with protective spray.

About the Author

Megan Curley has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has appeared in the sports publication "Mets Magazine," as well as the literary magazine "Trillium," amongst others. Curley is currently a copy editor at Professional Sports Publications, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts, with a concentration in creative writing and media criticism, from Ramapo College of New Jersey.