How I Clean Suede Shoes

Are you worried about cleaning your suede shoes and ruining them? Don’t be! Cleaning suede shoes is actually a relatively simple process that can be done at home with a few simple tools and supplies.

In this beginner’s guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to confidently clean your suede shoes and keep them looking fresh and new.

Table of Contents:

  1. What you’ll need to clean your suede shoes
  2. Preparing your suede shoes for cleaning
  3. Removing stains from suede shoes
  4. Protecting your suede shoes after cleaning

What you’ll need to clean your suede shoes:

  • Suede brush
  • Water
  • Mild soap or suede cleaner
  • Towel or cloth
  • Protectant spray (optional)

Preparing your suede shoes for cleaning:

Before you start cleaning your suede shoes, you’ll need to prepare them for the process. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the shoes using a suede brush. Gently brush the surface of the shoes in a back and forth motion to lift away any dirt or debris.
  2. If your shoes are particularly dirty, you may need to use a little bit of water to help loosen up the dirt. Just be sure not to soak the shoes, as water can damage suede.
  3. Once your shoes are prepped, you’re ready to start cleaning!

Removing stains from suede shoes:

Stains on suede shoes can be a bit trickier to remove than dirt or debris. Here are a few tips for removing stains from suede shoes:

  1. For light stains, try using a suede brush to gently scrub the stain away. If the stain is particularly stubborn, you may need to use a little bit of mild soap or suede cleaner to help lift it out.
  2. For tougher stains, you may need to use a suede eraser. These erasers are specifically designed for removing stains from suede and work by gently lifting the stain away from the surface of the shoe.
  3. If all else fails, you may need to take your shoes to a professional cleaner. They have the tools and expertise to remove even the toughest stains from suede shoes.

Protecting your suede shoes after cleaning:

Once you’ve finished cleaning your suede shoes, it’s important to protect them to ensure they stay in good condition. Here’s what you can do to protect your suede shoes:

  1. Use a protectant spray. These sprays create a barrier on the surface of your shoes that helps to repel water and stains. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle and be sure to let the shoes dry completely before wearing them.
  2. Store your suede shoes in a cool, dry place. Suede is sensitive to heat and moisture, so it’s important to keep your shoes stored in a place where they won’t be exposed to these elements.

Tips for Maintaining the Integrity of Your Suede Shoes:

Cleaning suede shoes may seem intimidating at first, but with the right tools and a little bit of know-how, it’s actually a relatively simple process. Just be sure to take your time, be gentle, and follow the tips outlined in this guide and you’ll be able to keep your suede shoes looking fresh and new. For more information on caring for suede, check out How To Clean Suede: 5 Steps to Remove Stains and Dirt

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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