I lived in a pre-furnished apartment for a year, and for most of that time I wasn’t too stressed about taking care of someone else’s belongings. I’m a clean and considerate individual, I thought. What could go wrong?
A month before my lease was up I took a good long look at my sofa, and I realized it was covered in water stains. First I panicked, but then I realized this must have happened to hundreds of people before. So I did some research on how to fix it before my landlord came back from his trip. It's a nice suede sofa, and I really didn't want to blow my security deposit paying for it.
Lighter stains can simply be buffed out of the suede. Gently rub a piece of sandpaper or a suede brush against the nap of the suede. This means brushing them so the fibers stick up instead of laying flat, like petting a cat the wrong way. Then smooth the fibers back down again.
Believe it or not, a regular pencil eraser can actually erase some water stains from suede. I would advise using a white eraser instead of a pink one because the color could stain the suede. Just rub the eraser against the suede as you would a piece of paper, brush away the eraser debris, and smooth the nap of the suede. The stains will disappear like magic.
If your sofa is as badly water-stained as mine was, you'll need something a bit more heavy-duty to get the darkest stains out. But before you go to the store and buy some fancy suede cleaner, there's another method you can try. I used rubbing alcohol, but I've heard white vinegar also works.
That's how I cleaned my suede sofa, and I did it without having to go out and buy any cleaning products. In fact, all the supplies I used were already laying around my home or garage!