How To Clean Suede
August 22, 2017
August 22, 2017
Suede never goes out of style, but this fall it’s going to be a big trend in clothing and accessories. Unfortunately, those of us who love suede already know the truth about this leather type: it’s luxurious, soft, and looks incredible, but, my goodness, what a pain to clean.
While we’d never recommend taking your chances and wearing suede when the forecast predicts a hurricane (water is not suede’s best friend), here are 5 tips for cleaning suede that are simple to follow.
Blot Wetness With Paper Towels
Try as you may to prevent your suede shoes or jacket from getting caught in the rain, life (and the weather) isn’t always predictable. If you act fast to remedy the solution, there’s an excellent chance you can save your suede piece from raindrop ruins. Start by simple blotting the affected area with dry paper towels. Don’t rub — gently blot. When you feel you’ve sufficiently sopped up excess water, leave your suede piece on a towel to dry naturally.
Shoe Inserts Are Your Friends
If the suede piece you’re trying to clean happens to be a pair of shoes, it’s important that you fill them with shoe inserts before leaving them out to dry. The inserts will ensure your shoes (particularly boots) retain their shape after a cleaning.
Tackle Stains By Rubbing With A Towel
If your suede piece has been stained by food or debris, your first step is to rub a clean towel over the stain. If the stain is super stubborn, try rubbing a small amount of white vinegar onto it before letting it dry to access whether this method worked.
Use A Nail File Or Pencil Eraser For Dry Stains
If the stain is dry or consists of a scuff mark that won’t disappear with white vinegar, try gently filing the area with a nail file. A suede brush can also be used when cleaning suede shoes.
Whether you’ve found caked-on food or dried-up gum on your suede piece, another simple cleaning tool and method you can try is gently rubbing a pencil eraser over the area to lift the stain.
Use A Professional Cleaner Made For Suede
When all else fails, using a leather cleaner made especially for suede may be the most effective product and method possible, particularly if the stain proves difficult to remove. Taking your piece to a professional dry cleaner who can clean suede may be your safest bet — if you suspect you are doing more damage than good to your piece, stop immediately and take it to a cleaner.
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