How to Remove Sharpie Stains From Suede

Suede can make any outfit look extraordinary. Coveted for its soft feel and texture, suede is clearly distinguished from all other leather. Because it is such a delicate material, however, suede is easily stained and damaged. While permanent marker is a threat to any fabric, it is especially damaging to suede. Before you toss your favorite Sharpie-stained suede article out, with some good home cleaning tips, your stained suede can look as good as new.

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Cleaning Sharpie-stained suede isn't difficult.

Step 1

Saturate a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.

Step 2

Dilute vinegar with equal parts of water to create an alternative natural cleanser. The vinegar may initially cause the suede to smell, but the odor will fade after a couple of days.

Step 3

Blot the cotton swab onto the stained area, and the stain should disappear.

Step 4

Use a white eraser or a suede stain-removing brush to rub on the stain until it is removed. Avoid using a colored eraser as it may deposit residue color onto the suede.

Step 5

Take the suede article to a professional cleaning service if the stain remains.