Suede shoes can look elegant, but they do require some special care to keep them looking brand new.
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to clean and maintain your suede shoes:
Materials You'll Need:
- Suede brush or suede eraser
- Soft cloth or microfiber towel
- White vinegar (optional)
- Suede protector spray
Steps to Clean Suede Shoes:
Remove Loose Dirt: Begin by gently brushing the shoes with a suede brush or using a suede eraser. Brush or rub in one direction to lift away dirt and restore the nap (the fine, soft texture) of the suede.
Stains and Scuffs: For stubborn stains or scuffs, dampen a clean cloth or microfiber towel with water and gently blot the affected area. Avoid rubbing, as this can damage the suede. If water alone doesn't work, you can mix equal parts white vinegar and water, dab it on the stain, and blot again.
Let Them Dry: Allow your shoes to air dry naturally. Do not use direct heat sources like radiators or hair dryers, as they can damage the suede.
Brush Again: Once your shoes are completely dry, brush them again to restore the nap. Brushing in one direction helps maintain the suede's texture.
Apply Suede Protector: To prevent future stains and water damage, use a suede protector spray. Hold the can about 6 inches away from your shoes and apply an even coat. Allow the shoes to dry thoroughly after application.
Store Properly: When you're not wearing your suede shoes, store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. You can also use shoe trees to help maintain their shape.
- Avoid wearing suede shoes in rainy or wet conditions. If they do get wet, stuff them with newspaper and let them dry naturally to maintain their shape.
- Use a specialized suede brush regularly to remove surface dirt and maintain the suede's texture.
- If your suede shoes have oil stains, talcum powder or corn starch can help absorb the oil. Sprinkle it on the stain, leave it overnight, and brush it off in the morning.
- If you're unsure about cleaning a specific stain or maintaining your suede shoes, consider taking them to a professional cleaner who specializes in suede and leather.
By following these steps and taking proper care of your suede shoes, you can keep them looking brand new and enjoy their elegance for years to come.