How To Clean Suede Shoes

How to clean suede shoes is one of the most commonly asked questions when talking about fabrics and stains. Although it may seem to be one of the most difficult fabrics to care for, it is actually quite easy to remove a stain from suede. Suede is a sensitive fabric that needs to be properly cared for.

  1. Just like leather, suede should be pretreated to avoid future stains. Waterproofing your suede shoes is a smart thing to do since your feet go a lot of places. You can purchase the products to care for your suede at any store that sells suede and leather. Your favorite shoes will be protected from stains and conditioned properly for years to come.
  2. Unfortunately, most of us don't think about the stains until they happen. If this is the case, you can bring your suede to the cleaners and be assured that the fabric will be properly taken care of. The cost of the cleaners could be expensive, but it may be worth it. Your other option is to try to clean your suede shoes yourself. Be careful, because most cleaners will bring more stains your way and ruin the suede. You don't want this to happen.
  3. Typically, brushing your suede will remove most of the dirt and discoloration, bringing your fabric back to life. Using a suede brush or one made from horse hair is perfect. Make sure that your shoes are dry before brushing. If the stain is wet, use a soft cloth or paper towel and pat dry the area first.
  4. Water and scuff marks are the most common imperfections on suede shoes. For water spots, you can gently rub a pencil eraser over the affected area to remove the stain. This seems to work beautifully on scuff marks as well. If your scuffed suede is very flat and shiny, you can delicately use an emery board or fine sand paper to bring the nap back to your shoes.
  5. With stubborn stains that will not come out, your very last resort would be white vinegar. This is the only product other than a suede cleaner that will not ruin your suede. You can find suede cleaning kits at the store fairly inexpensively if you are unsure of trying vinegar to clean the stain. When using vinegar, simply apply a small amount to a lightly damp soft cloth. Rub the cloth on the stain until it is gone. After the stain has been removed, take a dry soft cloth and blot the area dry. Once your suede shoes are free of stains and are dry, brush the nap and you'll find that they are like brand new again.
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