Everyday Suede Care
Use a suede brush. They usually have a wire-bristled side to brush off debris and a rubber-bristled side to buff up the nap of the suede. Gently brush your shoes first using the soft side, then with the wire-bristled side.
- Using this brush will help remove collected dirt or dust, it will also remove scuff marks.
- If you got mud on your suede shoe, be sure to let the mud fully dry before cleaning.
- Always remember to brush in the direction of the fabric's grain, this will help avoid tearing or damaging it.
- Don't brush too hard when using the wire-bristled side. Make gentle, short strokes in order to freshen the nap.
- You can also use a toothbrush or textured cloth.
Use a suede protector spray. Suede protector sprays can be purchased online or at a shoe store. They protect suede from water damage or any other elements that might stain or damage your suede shoes.
- Spray the protector all over the suede shoes, following instructions on the package.
- Use the suede protector on your shoes at least once a year to keep them in top condition.
Wear suede properly. Don't wear your suede shoes in conditions that may potentially damage them, aka rainy or snowy weather, however, hot, humid weather is also not optimal.
- A small tip to protect suede from sweat and oils by wearing a socks.
Store suede properly. Don't leave your shoes out in the sun, it can cause the color to fade.
Removing Stains from Suede
Don't let the stain sit. Treat stains immediately after they occur. The longer they sit on your suede shoes, the greater the chance that the stain will be permanently soaked into the leather.
Prepare the suede item for cleaning. Before using any techniques or products on your suede shoes, rub their surface with a clean towel. This brings up the nap and prepares the surface for cleaning.
Remove dry stains using a pencil eraser. Don't use a pink eraser, as this could transfer pink dye onto your shoes. Instead, use a colorless a white or brown gum eraser.
- If a regular pencil eraser doesn't work, try gently rubbing a nail file over the dry stain.
- Definitely avoid using a chemical stain remover, that could create even more damage.
Remove water stains by blotting immediately. Use a cloth to blot the liquid out of your shoe. Don't apply too much pressure as this can force the water deeper into the fabric of the shoes. Allow the water to dry after blotting.
- If the dried water stain is a different color from the rest of the suede on the shoes, try spraying the entire item with a light mist of water and then letting it dry, this can help with blending.
- If your suede shoes got soaked, stuff them with paper or a shoehorn before letting them dry.
Remove coffee, juice, and tea stains using a paper towel. Place a paper towel directly over the stain, and a second towel on top of that. Apply pressure to the stain using your hands.
- Try removing the stain by rubbing a wet towel dipped in white vinegar. Don't soak the suede, simply use a dampened towel to swab at it.
Remove oil or grease stains with baking soda. Blot excess oil liquid and sprinkle the spot with baking soda. Let it sit for a few hours, then brush it away using a suede brush.
Consider having your suede professionally cleaned. Sometimes simply turning to an expert is the simplest, safest, and most effective way to take care of any suede item.
- Take your suede shoes to a cobbler, they have the appropriate skills and supplies to tackle the toughest stains.
Use a leather cleaner made specifically for suede. If none of the techniques above work, buy special leather cleaner, that can be used to remove oil or grease stains from your suede shoes.
- It's better that the cleaner is made of natural ingredients, some synthetic leather cleaners actually do more harm than good.
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