How To Clean Suede Shoes?

How To Make Suede Shoes Look Like New?

I don’t know about you, but I love suede—especially suede shoes! (Although I’m not sure I’m cool enough to pull off blue suede shoes.) :wink: Suede is such a great material, but many people avoid it because it needs a bit of special care to keep it looking nice. But I’m here today to assure you that caring for suede isn’t as hard as you might think! Today I’ll be showing you exactly how to clean suede, so you can keep your suede shoes, bags, and other items looking great.

The main thing that sets suede apart from other materials is that you don’t use water to clean it. Water stains suede, or at least alters the appearance enough that it will look and feel stained. To properly clean suede, it helps to buy one of those inexpensive suede cleaning kits online. These kits typically only cost a few dollars, and they include a cleaning brush and a special eraser. You’ll use these tools to brush away dirt and fluff up the fibers to keep your suede looking good!

Outlined below is the step-by-step process for cleaning suede. Depending on how dirty your item is, you might not need to do every single step to get it clean. Give this process a try, and see just how clean your suede can get! :slight_smile:

How To Clean Suede

You’ll need:

  • Suede & nubuck cleaning kit
  • Vinegar or rubbing alcohol
  • White washcloth
  • Suede protector (optional)


Step 1 – Brush Vigorously Using Suede Brush

Lightly brush the stained areas in one direction. Brushing in one direction helps to remove the surface layer of dirt from the fibers.

Once you’re done, brush the stains again using a back-and-forth motion. Brush with a little more force too! You’re trying to get to the ground-in dirt that’s trapped beneath the surface.

Step 2 – Use Stain Eraser for Set-In Stains

If your suede item isn’t in too dirty, you may not need to go any further! But for really set-in stains or dirt, you’ll want to use the eraser that came with your suede cleaning kit.

Rub the eraser over the stains, and don’t be afraid to apply some pressure! Keep rubbing until the stain is gone (which could take a few minutes, so be patient!) And as a word of warning, this part will be messy. Make sure to do it over a towel, or even take it outside!

Step 3 – Treat Stains Using White Vinegar or Rubbing Alcohol

If your stain STILL isn’t gone, it’s time to break out the big guns! :wink: Grab some plain white vinegar or rubbing alcohol, and pour a bit onto a white washcloth. (Unlike water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol won’t stain suede!)

Rub the dampened cloth onto the stain, then let the area dry completely. Once it’s dry, use the brush to fluff the fabric back up and brush away any loosened dirt.

Step 4 – Shave with Razor to Restore Smooth Texture to Suede

Suede fabric can start to look a bit stringy after a while, but it’s easy to take care of using a plain old shaving razor. Gently shave the strings off the fabric wherever you notice them. After using the razor, use your brush to brush away the stringy bits.

Step 5 – “Fluff” the Suede Using Brush

After all that brushing, scrubbing and rubbing, the suede can appear a bit dull. That’s nothing a bit of vinegar or alcohol can’t fix! Rub the suede all over with a white cloth dampened with vinegar or alcohol, then let it dry completely. After it’s dry, fluff up the fabric one last time using the brush. And voila, your suede will look clean, lustrous, and fabulous!

Step 6 – Apply Suede Protectant Spray

The final step is to protect your suede so it won’t get quite as dirty in the future. You can find suede protectant sprays online, and a lot of them are fairly inexpensive. Apply your suede protectant spray according to the package directions. Not only will this extra step to keep your suede cleaner for longer, but it will also make it easier to clean in the future!

Clean Suede Boots With Items in Your Kitchen

Suede boots move in and out of the trend spotlight from year to year, which means we’ll always have the style staple in our wardrobes, whether it’s in the form of itty-bitty ankle boots or an ultra-high over-the-knee style. When we spot them on our favorite street style stars, they make it look so easy to tromp around in the beautiful footwear, which is a feat in itself. But there’s a whole other aspect of wearing suede boots rarely spoken of: how to care for them.

Cleaning suede can be quite the ordeal because if you do it wrong, you could ruin your beloved booties. But if you do it right, you ensure that your beautiful boots reach their maximum potential life span and remain in pristine condition through hundreds of wears. With a few of the following tips and tricks in mind, you’ll set yourself up for a lifetime guarantee of spotless suede boots.

Keep reading to find out how to clean suede boots with everyday household items—because it’s so much easier than you think.

1. Get a suede-cleaning brush

First things first: You can clean your suede without a proper suede-cleaning brush, but investing in one is probably the wiser choice. If you’re in a pinch, an old toothbrush or any kind of soft-bristled brush will do the trick. When using one to clean your shoes, be sure to brush only in the direction of the fibers, and avoid moving the brush back and forth over the surface. Because even a bit of moisture can leave a permanent stain on suede, be sure your boots are completely dry when you go to brush them.

2. Put crumpled paper inside before cleaning.

Okay, this should be considered a pre-step, but it’s important in the “how-to” of cleaning suede shoes. Before you even begin the cleaning process, put enough crumpled paper (like a newspaper or used computer paper) inside the shoes so they keep their natural shape while you go to work on them. This will help toughen up suede’s naturally supple material to make it easier to clean the more stubborn spots.

3. For really tough grime, use white vinegar.

If you have some even tougher stains on your shoes, like salt, food, or wine, pour a little white vinegar on a clean cloth and gently wipe the affected areas. Apply the vinegar on the stained area first; then let it dry. Finally, rub with a suede brush to get those tough stains out.

4. Remove stains with an eraser.

Brushing and wiping down the shoes sometimes won’t remove all the marks. If you do notice any stains, get yourself a suede eraser again, and gently rub off any water, oil, or grease. Apply a bit of pressure as your rub, and increase as needed for tougher stains. If a suede eraser isn’t available, you can also use a pencil eraser. Simple!

5. Rub the surface of your shoes with a clean bath towel.

After removing excess dirt clumps with your handy suede-cleaning brush, gently rub the shoes with a clean, dry bath towel. Wipe them down and remove any unseen layers of dust, etc. Remember to wipe in the direction of the grain, and avoid any vigorous back-and-forth motions.

How To Clean Suede Heels?

All the ladies reading the article, get your attention here. This topic is of interest. Cleaning shoes is one of the toughest jobs. You apply everything on the shoes but they don’t clean but get worse.

Most people have a love-hate relationship when it comes to suede shoes - after all, they can look incredible, but scuffs and marks can be near impossible to remove.

Rubbing with water can just make the stain worse, and suede cleaners rarely leave the shoes “like-new” as promised.

However, one woman recently discovered a solution for cleaning suede shoes - and you probably already own the secret ingredient.

If your heels are muddled and transformed with micellar water, leaving them completely stain-free, then its a big problem and you need to worry about it. You need to use Micellar water to clean it up.

Micellar water is ‘soft water’ made up of micelles, or tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules.

Micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they can draw out impurities without drying out the skin - which also makes them a great suede-cleaning solution.

How To Use?

Put Micellar water on a cotton pad and rub on the side which is all filled with dirt and here you go! Your shoes have become new.