The special technology that created
Novasuede allows for easy care and cleaning. Since liquid spills tend
to "bead up" on the surface, often all that is needed is quick action
with a dry cloth to absorb the liquid. Normal, regular vacuuming with
a soft brush attachment is recommended to remove dust deposits,
prevent soil build-up, and to keep the suede surface looking crisp and
new. Light stains and smudge marks often can be lifted off with Scotch
tape or removed with a soft eraser.
Water soluble stains such as coffee,
tea, juice, soft drinks, milk, beer, wine, etc. can be removed by
dabbing the affected area with clean water only, mild soapy water, or
a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar. Excessive rubbing is not
necessary. A blotting action is always preferable to a rubbing
technique for stain removal. Remove excess soap or vinegar solution by
dabbing again with clean water and blotting with a clean cloth. The
material can be allowed to dry naturally or dried quickly with a hair
dryer using the warm setting. "Rings" noticed after drying are usually
the result of some residual soap or cleaning solution remaining in the
fabric. Most rings can be removed by cleaning again with water only.
For non-water soluble stains such as
grease, oil, shoe polish, etc. use a petroleum solvent such as naphtha
(lighter fluid) or mineral spirits. Using a clean cloth moistened
with the solvent, dab the stained area and then blot with a clean, dry
cloth. Repeat if necessary. Work from the edges of the stain toward
the center to avoid enlarging the stain. Surface damage and minor
cigarette burns usually can be repaired by rubbing the area carefully
with fine sandpaper.
Removable covers can be machine washed
separately using the cool or warm water setting, delicate cycle. Use
mild detergent, no bleach. Do not pour detergent directly onto the
material. Spin and tumble dry low setting, or spin and hang to dry in
a shady area. Do not twist or wring. Novasuede covers can also be
professionally dry cleaned using clean perchloroethylene solvent,
short cycle, tumble dry warm, steam only followed by brushing to
To clean widespread dirt or overall
cleaning of upholstered pieces, a wet extraction process is
recommended, available through most professional cleaning services.
Although Novasuede is spill resistant,
supplementary treatments such as Scotchguard can be used. Preliminary
sample treatment is necessary to ensure that the hand, texture, or
color of the material will not be affected.
After any method of cleaning, it is
important to restore the nap by light brushing with a soft bristle
brush after the Novasuede is completely dry. Regular routine
vacuuming, immediate attention to accidental spills, and occasional
brushing is generally all that is required to maintain the luxurious
feel and appearance of Novasuede.