Nearly 15 years ago, (yup, you read that right) we purchased a sectional that looked like suede, but was actually what is known as Nubuck. I’m not all that familiar with the manufacturing process, but apparently Nubuck is a product that is a result of buffing leather. It’s pretty durable and apparently is more commonly used for clothing than furnishings. Yes, it was expensive at the time, but as I mentioned in this post, some things are worth spending $ on, especially if you’re like me and tend to keep things for longer than most. A LOT longer, but according to Fisherman, not long enough.
Did I mention he still has his underwear from middle school?
When we purchased it, it came with a small, soft cleaning brush and something else that I can best describe as an ‘eraser’. Somewhere along the way, I think when we moved this past December, those items went missing. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t try very hard to replace them since I know in a year or less we will be getting rid of the sectional when we move out of our rental, but as you can tell from the photos, it looked like we hosted a convention of incontinent seniors on our sofa. The stains were getting really gross and I just couldn’t ignore them anymore.
Here’s a better view. Pretty disgusting, right??! And look at how the material was even getting shiny with wear and tear.
I happened to have a stiff bristle brush lying around that I sometimes use on suede boots, so I figured, why not give it a try? At first, I tried an inconspicuous area and it didn’t take long to figure out this was going to work really well, so I got to work and about a half hour later…
this is what the end results looked like. Not bad, I must say.
Not only did the stains come out, but the original color of soft caramel was restored.
I gotta go. There’s a sale on Depends at Costco. I’m playin’ it safe.
Please keep in mind this fabric is different than the oh so popular micro suede, which I would not recommend using a stiff bristle brush on (but maybe a soft one would work).
If you have any tips to share on how to clean suede or leather, do share!
Edited to add:
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