Cleaning Suede Shoes
Suede gets dirty sometimes, especially if it’s lighter in color. It’s easy to take care of minor stains by yourself, but if they’re really wrecked, you may want to consider patronizing a good cobbler. Below is a list of products that can be very handy when your suede shoes are looking a bit worse for wear.
Suede eraser: Note that using a suede eraser requires quite a bit of elbow grease. To remove a stain, you’ll have to bear down fairly hard, so remember to pace yourself. Brush off any residue with a suede brush.
Protectant spray: Suede protectant will add some water resistance to your shoes. This is an important finishing touch to the cleaning process.
Suede brush: Your suede brush is used for removing eraser residue and for restoring the nap of suede. It’s perfectly alright to use this brush on its own just to even out the nap and give it a bit more life in a pinch. Please note that suede brushes differ greatly from regular horsehair ones (see photo).
Suede shampoo: Suede traps dirt. It’s just what it does. Because of this, it needs to be shampooed from time to time. In case you missed it above, here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to shampoo suede:
- Take a clean dauber brush and work the shampoo in all around the shoe
- Once done, use the same brush to brush the shoes with water until it no longer makes a lather
- Allow shoes to completely air dry
- Restore the suede’s nap using a suede brush
- Apply a suede protectant spray by holding the shoe about a foot away from the stream
- Allow to air dry, and wear!
If cleaning your suede shoes at home doesn’t work as well as you’d hoped, your best bet is to drop them off at a cobbler for professional cleaning.