How to Dry Clean Suede at Home

by Sidney Johns ; Updated September 28, 2017

Clean your suede boots at home.

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Suede is a type of leather specially processed for a rough look. The warm and durable fabric is often used for jackets and furniture and has a long life expectancy. Suede and water do not mix, so cleaning the item may be difficult. The best solution is to keep it clean, but this is not always possible. Sending a suede garment to the cleaner can cost a premium, but through a process of dry cleaning, you can resolve the issue at home.

Rub the entire surface with a dry hand or bath towel. This will fluff the material and release any loose dirt or debris.

Gently rub the pencil eraser in a circular motion on any dirt spots until they disappear.

Pour a small amount of white vinegar onto the towel. Rub it into any stubborn stains that did not come out with the use of the eraser. Allow the item to dry. If spots remain, repeat the process.

Gently stroke the suede fabric back into its natural lay using a wire brush.


  • There are commercially made degreasers that are safe for use on suede to remove grease or oil stains. Follow the directions carefully.

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Sidney Johns began her writing career in 1993 after moving to Florida. The former teacher and surgical technician worked in the home improvement industry prior to earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Indiana University. While on hiatus in 2004, Johns studied holistic healing and organic growth and gardening.