If a piece of taffy is stuck to the suede-upholstered loveseat in your home's den, remove the candy and clean the suede fabric by following the steps described below. Add a conditioning agent to the suede after cleaning the fabric to add softness to the upholstery and to prevent the suede from cracking or fading.
- bucket of warm water
- soft cloths
- mild detergent
- white vinegar
- portable hair dryer
- buffing mitt
- suede conditioner
Remove The Taffy And Stains
Fill a bucket with warm water. Dip a soft cloth into the water and wring out the cloth for several minutes to eliminate excess water. Fold the cloth and press it against the taffy. As the water comes into contact with the taffy, the candy will loosen from the suede. Avoid pulling firmly against the piece of candy with your hand because doing so could cause damage to the upholstery's surface.
Once the candy has loosened, remove it from the fabric and dispose of the taffy. If the candy stained the suede, use a sponge to apply a mild detergent to the fabric. Stubborn stains may require a stronger cleaning solution, which can be prepared by mixing detergent with a few drops of white vinegar.
Dry And Condition The Upholstery
Move a clean cloth that has been dampened with warm water across the treated portion of the suede. The cloth will eliminate the cleaning solution that was used to remove stains from the fabric. Use a portable hair dryer to dry the suede. Adjust the dryer to a medium or high setting and slowly move the hair appliance back and forth.
Use a buffing mitt to cover one of your hands. Turn your mitt-covered hand over so that your palm is facing upward and pour a dollop of suede conditioner into the center of the mitt. Press your glove-covered hand against the suede so that the conditioner is touching the fabric.
Move your hand in circles to coat the fabric with the conditioner. Continue to press your palm against the loveseat as you buff the suede. Apply a thin coat of suede conditioner to the entire piece of furniture. Remove excess suede conditioner from the loveseat's surface by wiping the fabric off with a soft cloth. More than one cloth may be needed to remove excess conditioner, depending upon how much of the product was applied while buffing the fabric.
Contact a company like Tri-County Furniture Restoration for more information and assistance.