How To Clean Suede Vans
If you want to know how to clean suede Vans, read on for tips and tricks that will make your kicks look new again. Suede is known to be difficult to clean, but with the right tools and technique, you can restore its plush finish and color.
To clean suede Vans, you'll need:
- Suede brush, toothbrush or nail brush
- Mild soap or dish detergent
- Soft cloths
- Suede protectant or waterproofing spray (optional)
- Newspaper or paper towels (optional)
- Remove the laces from the Vans. Wash the laces in the washing machine and air dry them or wash them in a sink with water and laundry detergent then air dry.
- Use a brush to remove excess dirt from the shoes. Don't brush too hard--just enough to loosen excess dirt. Tap the shoes into a trash can to remove the rest of the dirt. The brushing action helps lift the nap and allows caked-on dirt to come off more easily.
- Dampen a cloth with water and add a small amount of soap. Wipe over the shoe gently, making sure to clean all areas, including the tongue and out-sole. Don't over-wet the shoes. Water can be damaging to suede. Once they are clean, wipe them again with a clean cloth.
- Rinse the brush of any dirt. Brush the shoes again in a small, circular motion. This will lift the nap again, which will aid in the drying process.
- Allow the Vans to air dry. Place them in a well-ventilated area. If the shoes lose their shape, fill them with paper towels or newspaper.
- Spray the shoes with a protectant once they're fully dry. This helps prevent stains, soiling and water damage. Replace the laces and you're good to go.