Suede cloth is a synthetic fabric. The term suede itself primarily refers to the velvet-like nap finish given to some leather products. The suede carried at J&O Fabrics is made from 100% polyester, not animal skins. Our 60” suede fabrics are thin, lightweight and intended primarily for use in garments. It may be sueded on one or both sides and has a slight nap.
USES OF YOUR SUEDE CLOTH
Suede cloth is ideal for clothing, pillows, drapery, tablecloths, pocketbooks and home décor. The fact that it is created with polyester also makes it very resilient, quick drying, resistant to biological damage such as mold and mildew, easy to wash, and able to hold forms well. Choose from a rainbow of colors and prints to customize your next project for your loved one, client or just for yourself.
CARING FOR YOUR SUEDE CLOTH
Our 100% polyester suede cloth is machine washable. To clean suede cloth fabric you can use a mild solvent or dry cleaning product. Follow the usage directions for such products and make sure that the area you are cleaning in is well ventilated. Avoid using products that contain the highly toxic ingredient carbon tetrachloride.
Also, an upholstery shampoo or the foam from a mild detergent can also be employed on suede cloth. Always test the cleaning product on an inconspicuous area before proceeding. If the upholstery fabric requires more extensive cleaning, we recommend calling in professional upholstery cleaners.
Storing your Suede Cloth
Before storing your suede cloth fabrics for an extended period of time, it is important to have them properly laundered to prevent dust, soil and stains from attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing your suede cloth fabrics in attics or basements; these places tend to be vulnerable to mold, mildew, insects and other threats. The best location in your home for suede cloth fabric storage is a cool, dry room. If using a closet, make sure there is sufficient air circulation to prevent mold growth. Always store your fabrics out of direct sunlight.
Your suede cloth fabrics can be stored in bags of linen, cotton or muslin. Do not use plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes for storage. Fumes from polyurethane foam, cedar closets and acids in unvarnished wood and cardboard can damage your suede cloth fabrics. Acid free tissue paper can also be employed. If possible, store your suede cloth fabrics rolled rather than folded to prevent difficult to remove creases from forming. If folding the fabrics is your only option, try to remove the fabric and refold it regularly to prevent permanent creasing.
* The above information is intended to aid our customers in their fabric projects. These suggestions are based on manufacturer's recommendations and customer insights. The above statements are not intended to be understood as unequivocal or applicable to every circumstance. Therefore, J&O Fabrics is not responsible for the results of the implementation of these cleaning methods.