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How To Clean Suede Shoes

Cleaning suede shoes uses almost the same methods as cleaning suede clothing. It’s essential to clean suede shoes properly if you want to keep them from discolouration and permanent marks.

How To Clean Suede Shoes

  • Scuffed edges: Use a suede brush in a vigorous back and forth motion ONLY on the scuffed area, avoiding the undamaged suede areas.
  • Stubborn dry marks: Use a white pencil eraser to remove dry marks and even scuff marks that won’t brush out. Apply light pressure first and increase pressure if marks are too tough.
  • Water stains: Water stains when dry can cause discolouration to the shoe but water applied properly can help remove them. Use a damp sponge or cloth and gently dab it onto the stain. Then, use a brush to brush it out. Repeat the process if necessary but let it dry before adding more water.
  • Mud stains: For fresh mud stains, gently dab or wipe away the excess mud and let it dry before cleaning. Once the mud is dry, use a brush to remove the remaining dirt. 
  • Oil/grease stains: Blot out excess liquid and sprinkle baking soda or cornflour to the stained area. Let it to sit for a few hours until fully absorbed and brush it off.
  • Stubborn stains: Apply a mixture of white vinegar and water to the stain with a soft towel or cloth and gently dab/ wipe away the stain. Let it dry and then brush it out.

If you want to invest in a proper cleaning kit for your suede shoes, you can purchase a suede care kit that can include a mixture of the following: suede shampoo, eraser, protector spray and shoe brush. Alternatively, you can take your shoes to get professionally cleaned by a cobbler.

Laundryheap can’t clean your suede shoes for you, but we are more than happy to take care of any suede garments that you need professionally cleaned.

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How To Clean Suede Clothing

Suede is a type of leather that makes for cute and warm looking garments, shoes and accessories. However, unlike leather, Suede is a more soft and vulnerable fabric that needs extra care and maintenance, because as you can tell it’s trickier to clean!

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you want to clean anything suede:

  • Don’t spot clean suede with just a cloth and water.
  • Don’t put liquids directly onto suede.
  • ALWAYS follow the care label and instructions!

How To Clean Suede Clothing

  • Remove surface dirt: For light dirt that is sitting on top of the surface of the shoes, brush off the dirt with a suede brush or a toothbrush. Always brush in the same direction as your suede.
  • For water stains: Remove fresh water stains immediately by blotting with a cloth or paper towel. If the stained area turns a different colour, try wetting the entire shoe with a damp cloth and let it dry.
  • For oil/grease stains: Blot out excess liquid and add a reasonable amount of baking soda (cornflour or talcum powder works too!) to the stained area. Leave it to sit for a few hours, then brush it away. You can always repeat this step until the stain is almost gone.  
  • For tougher stains: For more stubborn stains like coffee or ink, apply a mixture of water and white vinegar to a damp wash cloth and begin to dab/ lightly wipe away the stain. 

If the stain on your suede is just way too tough and too tricky to get rid of, hand it over to a dry cleaner and let them get the stain out for you!

Protecting your suede

Here are some pointers to help maintain and protect your suede garments:

  • Use suede protecting products: These help prevent your suede garments from getting dirty or stained. Best applied before wearing the garment and can be found anywhere online.
  • Don’t get it wet: Ideally you shouldn’t wear suede in rainy conditions as it will ruin the fabric overtime.
  • Store it well: Store your suede garments in a breathable and dry environment. Keep away from damp places!
  • Use cotton/ breathable bags to pack suede when travelling.