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    Eclecticaleliptic! Mainframeguy's Avatar
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    Anyone have suede upholstery cycle dirt cleaning tips?

    A bad bad scenario - taking my daughter on school run, her bag fouls chain/pannier dirty area briefly, unnoticed.

    We have light tan suede sofa/couches (the covers DO NOT remove!).

    Unpacking homework - placed bag on couch....

    And the damage was done!

    I do realize this isn't directly cycle related, also that my chain maintenance on that bike and generally is slack *but that bike is MEANT to be a down dirty cycle bike!)...

    However I also recognize the resourcefulness and knowledge in depth I have come across on these forums, so ---- any tips? IS this salvageable?
    Riding; Ridgeback Voyage 2011 called "Voyager"
    Roading; Dawes Giro 500 (90's) called "DG"
    Tandemming; '95 'dale Los Dos / MT2000 (iridescent grape!) called "Derek"!

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    In the UK we have mechanic's hand cleanser called Swarfega. I forms an emulsion with oil and can be washed of with detergent and water.
    I smear a very small amount on oil stains in carpets or clothing, leave for a few minutes, then wipe clean with a damp (with washing up liquid) sponge.
    Test on some suede or a hidden part because it might just make a bigger water stain. It may also strip any stain-repellant fabric treatment.

    Some people recommend an organic solvent, others a very strong detergent.

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    Sputnik - beep beep beep Wake's Avatar
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    Dish detergent. It's formulated to suspend grease (as in food fats). It's concentrated, so dilute it a little in a dish. Use a toothbrush to scrub it up a bit into a foam and blot the result with a paper towel. Rubbing only serves to place the suspended grease to another place in the fabric. Repeat if needed. Clean up with plain water.

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