Leather Suede Cleaning (Dry Vapor Steam )
Dry steam vacuum with an upholstery tool and brush are ideal for cleaning leather and suede sofas. Steam machine producing +165ºC super heated 94% dry steam under 6 bar pressure; Thermal and steam are able to break down grime, stains, odor and mildew without over wetting the fabric. In-fact, the steam vacuums use as little as 2Lt of water per hour and simultaneously extract liquid by vacuum leaving the leather and suede fabric completely dry.
Traditionally leather/suede sofas have been cleaned using low moisture methods like a leather brush, suede eraser, leather/suede spray with brush, or just a damp cloth with warm soapy water. This is because it is important not to over wet the leather and suede as it can cause discoloration and blotches. A better low moisture alternative to clean leather or suede is with super-heated dry steam vacuum as it can chemically free clean, sanitise and deodorise in one action.
Colors in leather / suede fade quickly, and it is best to store them in the dark. Make sure it’s not damp, because the moisture will attract mildew, and mildew is a bear to remove from suede or any other kind of leather. Never store or transport leather / suede in plastic or cover them. . Water also damages the leather, making it darker, less supple, weakening the leather by removing oils, and making it look scuffed.
When leather is produced, it is usually the outermost layer of skin that gets used, which is tougher and more durable than the inner surface used for suede. Suede is more supple and flexible than full grain leather. Suede gets dirtier faster and is more difficult to clean because the textured surface easily absorbs grime and liquids. It also stains easily; even water stains it. Suede may be waterproofed or stain-proofed, but it’s no guarantee against possible staining and damage.
Suede is a type of leather with a napped finish, commonly used for jackets, shoes, shirts, purses, furniture and other items. Suede leather is made from the underside of the skin, primarily lamb, although goat, calf and deer are commonly used. Because suede does not include the tough exterior skin layer, suede is less durable but softer than standard (“full-grain”) leather. Its softness, thinness, and pliability make it suitable for furniture, clothing and delicate uses.
How to Dry Vapor Steam Leather Suede Cleaning
- Although leather upholstery can be scrubbed clean with a brush and warm soapy water; steam is a much faster, easier and more effective method. Some leather may also absorb moisture excess and take some time to dry.
- Using the upholstery tool with brush, dry vacuum in a circular motion to remove dust and break up dry stains.
- After vacuuming, simultaneously steam and agitate the suede still using the brush.
- Then remove the brush from the upholstery tool to create better vacuum suction and steam vacuum the suede in slow passes starting from an edge.
- Move the head in slow straight line passes to ensure steam has time to emulsify soiling and the vacuum recovers maximum moisture.
- HEAVILY SOILED LEATHER SUEDE CLEANING: Using the upholstery tool with brush attachment, steam the leather to break stains and soiling. After steaming the emulsified grime can either be removed by using a clean absorbent cloth or by vacuuming. If removing the grime by vacuum the brush attachment will need to be removed to allow better suction. Another way is to replace one of the two bristle strips in the brush attachment with a squeegee.
- NOT SOILED LEATHER SUEDE CLEANING : Clamp a clean cotton or microfiber cloth over the Triangle tool head. Then starting from the top, slowly steam down the sofa either in vertical passes or circular motions, ensuring steam has time to emulsify soiling. This will require cleaning on contact to the leather to emulsify grime and be captured by the cloth. When the microfiber cloth gets to wet or dirty change over to a clean one.
The Vapor Steam is ideal for upholstery leather suede cleaning. The machine use +145ºC to +180ºC super-heated 94% dry steam under 4-8 bar pressure to emulsify surface soiling, decontaminate, and deodorize body odors without over wetting the leather. The machine use vacuum and/or microfiber cloth to simultaneously extract emulsified grime, leaving sofa dry and sanitized.
Leather Suede Cleaning Additional Tips
- Try to remove small, dry stains through the judicious use of a clean pencil eraser.
- Stains may also be rubbed off with a damp towel and some white vinegar. Allow the leather to dry before assessing your success.
- Small stains that are still wet should be blotted up by putting a paper towel on it and a weight on top of the towel. For either kind of stain, avoid using a chemical stain remover.
- You may apply a gentle, moisturizing soap with a clean cloth, but DO NOT use water to rinse the lather off of the leather. Remove and dry lather with clean cloth.
- To remove lumps of dirt or dry scuff marks that won’t come off this way, try rasping them off with a fingernail file. Be gentle.
- To bring up the nap in suede, Rub the surface of the upholstery with a clean bath towel.
- Never store leather in a plastic bag or other non-breathable cover as it will dry the leather out.
- Avoid storing leather in very humid or very dry environments, and avoid placing in direct sunlight.
- Never spray perfume or other such products , as it may cause staining and spotting.