How to Remove Grease Stains from Suede

Three colors of suede fabrics
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
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What You'll Need
Commercial de-greaser
Talcum powder
Suede brush

If you own any suede furniture or clothing that has fallen victim to grease, you may be curious how to remove grease stains. Fortunately, if tackled early on, removing grease stains from suede can be a fairly simple undertaking.

Step 1 - Blot the Grease Stains

The first thing to do is to use a washcloth, paper towel, or sponge to gently blot the stain. If you wish, you may lightly dampen your blotting instrument of choice. If the stains are relatively small and you blot immediately after they have taken hold, this step may be enough to remove the grease stains altogether. Blot off as much grease as possible.

Step 2 - Brush the Grease Stains

Brushing a car seat with a suede brush

If the grease spots seem to have dried, you may be able to get rid of them with the aid of a suede brush. Gently run the brush over the stained areas, taking care not to be too firm. While this step may not eliminate the grease stains entirely, it should help make them smaller. Alternatively, if you don't have a suede brush on hand, a clean pencil eraser can be used to carry out this step.

Step 3 - Apply Commercial Degreaser

If the stains have had a bit of time to set in, you may need to incorporate the aid of a commercial degreaser. After your degreaser has been applied, you will once again need to use a washcloth, paper towel or sponge to gingerly blot the stained areas. Keep in mind that you may need to repeat this step several times before you're able to successfully remove the grease stains.

Step 4 - Apply Heavy Duty Degreaser

If a standard degreaser proves unsuccessful in removing the stains, you can try using a heavy-duty homemade degreaser made up of cornstarch and talcum powder. To remove grease stains, simply combine equal parts cornstarch and talcum powder, then apply the mixture to any stained areas. After you have applied your homemade degreaser, allow it to sit for 6 to 8 hours so that it can effectively soak up the grease.

Once the specified amount of time has passed, remove the degreaser with the aid of a suede brush or a dampened washcloth or paper towel. The grease stains should now be smaller, if not gone entirely. Repeat this step until you have completely removed the grease stains. Following the successful removal of the stains, wipe away any remaining residue with a dampened washcloth or paper towel.

If the grease stains remain in place after all the above steps have been performed, you will most likely need to seek the assistance of a professional leather cleaner.