Suede shoes or boots are an absolute staple for the fashion-forward lady. Classic, versatile and ever-stylish, a pair of suede boots or shoes will instantly take any look to the next level.
However, suede can be notoriously tricky to clean; if done incorrectly, you could even end up damaging your beloved shoes. So, what to do if you find yourself with marks or dirt on your favourite suede beauties?
From how to clean your suede shoes to how to remove those pesky stubborn stains, here at Moda we’ve got you covered. Follow the simple steps below to keep your suede shoes and boots looking their absolute best for years to come.
Protect your suede shoes
First things first – you should protect your suede shoes as soon as you get them home to eliminate the chance of stains or damage. After all, prevention is always better than cure!
Waterproof and protect your shoes with an easy to use suede spray, such as the Dasco Protector Spray, which will add an invisible waterproof layer to your footwear and help stop stains setting in.
How to remove stains from suede shoes
If the worst happens and you do find yourself with stained or dirty suede shoes, don’t worry! There are a number of tricks you can try to clean and remove stains from suede shoes.
Firstly, always remember to clean suede shoes when they are fully dry, as suede is very sensitive to water and can easily mark. If your suede shoes are damp or have been damaged by a spillage, allow them to dry naturally before you tackle the stain.
Brush down the shoes with a suede brush and towel
If you’re dealing with a smaller surface stain, you can often clean it with a suede brush or towel. This simple method is also great for refreshing and removing general dirt build up from suede shoes.
- Use a suede brush and brush the shoes gently in the direction of the fibres – never back and forth. This will remove any debris or dirt from the surface of the shoes.
- If there is still a stain or dirt present, take a clean, dry towel and again wipe in the direction of the fibres to rid your shoes of any remaining dirt.
For tougher marks, use a suede eraser
If your suede shoes have any tougher stains or dirt marks, a suede eraser (or even a regular pencil eraser!) is great for removing them. Simply rub over the stain using a moderate amount of pressure and increase as needed. Be aware, it may take a few minutes for the stain to begin to lift. Once you have successfully removed the stain, use a suede brush or dry towel to fluff up the surface of your suede.
Tackle deep-set stains with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol
If you’ve tried the above tactics and are still left with stained shoes, don’t panic – they can still be saved! White vinegar and rubbing alcohol are both godsends for removing stains from suede shoes.
While even gentle liquids can stain suede, vinegar or rubbing alcohol won’t. Apply a small amount to a clean cloth and rub into the stain until it lifts, before leaving the shoes to naturally dry. Once the shoes are fully dry, brush the surface of the shoe gently with a clean towel to remove remaining loosened dirt and restore the texture of your suede.
Revive your suede shoes
All that scrubbing and cleaning can be tough on suede, leaving it lacking in colour and texture. As a final step after cleaning tough stains, restore your suede with a treatment such as the Dasco Suede Revive in Black. Also available in a neutral shade, this handy spray helps refresh and nourish suede shoes, restoring the original colour and texture and leaving you with that new shoe feeling for longer.