There can be no doubt that adhesive tape was one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century, especially duct tape which can hold anything short of a 747 together. However, when you need to remove adhesive tape from your suede jacket or couch, it is certainly a “sticky” situation.
Remove the adhesive slowly and carefully from the suede surface, using your fingertips to gently pull as much off as possible. In case you are a nail biter, you can use a spoon instead. After you have removed as much of the adhesive from the suede as possible, then use an artgum eraser – which is a white eraser – rub the surface to get rid of the remaining adhesive residue.
Use an emery board to sand the surface lightly in the event there is a bit of adhesive stubbornly clinging to the suede. If you do not have an emery board, you can use a fine grade sandpaper (6/0 – 8/0). It is important to proceed slowly to avoid removing suede resulting in a “bald spot” on the surface of your cherished item. Also do not press too hard when using the sandpaper otherwise you could easily create a hole, which is far worse than adhesive.
Some brave hearts have tried and indicated they were able to remove the adhesive using the common petroleum based can oil spray used for squeaky doors. However, experts generally recommend against applying any chemicals to suede. Before attempting this on the impacted area, first try it on a hidden area to confirm it will not leave an unattractive stain or discolor the item. Spray it on a cloth and dab the suede with it. Allow it to dry for five to fifteen minutes or until the adhesive appears soften. Using a clean cloth, wipe off the oil, repeat to the entire area is cleaned up. It is suggested to use a circular motion when attempting to clean the surface with the multipurpose product.
Another tactic is to lay a cotton cloth on top of the affected area, then rub an iron over the cotton cloth only. This should melt the adhesive and the cotton will absorb it. Move the cotton to a new area needing removal.
Brush the nap of your favorite suede item with a suede brush after you have removed the adhesive. It is important to remember that suede has what they call a natural imperfection surface.
Additional tips and suggestions
If your item is very expensive or too treasured, consider using a professional to tackle the project for you.
Now keep in mind the next time you attend a networking event or conference wearing your favorite suede jacket, if they offer you a stick on name tag – just say no!
Artgum eraser (white eraser)
Fine grade sandpaper (6/0 – 8/0)
Petroleum based spray can of oil