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How to Clean Suede Shoes


Suede shoes can take almost any outfit to the next level with suede’s soft, buttery look and feel. However, suede is a delicate material that requires careful cleaning and maintenance to look its best. Due to its thin nature and soft fibers, known as the nap, suede absorbs liquids and dirt, leaving shoes looking grimy and shabby.

Brushing Your Shoes

The first step to cleaning your suede shoes is good brushing. The most practical brush has a combination of soft nylon bristles and hard wire bristles. The nylon bristles maintain the soft nap on shoes, and the wire bristles help separate nap that has been worn down or dirtied.

Step 1: How to Use Your Brush

Make firm, broad strokes in one direction using the nylon bristles.

Step 2: Brushing Worn Shoes

For shoes that are more worn, use the wire bristles in the same motion to get out stuck-in dirt. You can also use the wire bristles to get out dirt that is stuck between the sole and the body of the shoe.

Shampooing Your Shoes

Shampoo is useful for cleaning off stains and dirt that cover large areas of your shoes.

Step 1: Prep

Brush away all surface dirt, lint, and other materials from your shoes.

Step 2: Shampoo

Pour a small amount of shampoo onto a clean rag or spray the shampoo directly onto a small portion of the shoe, depending on type of shampoo.

Step 3: Scrub

Rub the shampoo into the shoe vigorously

Step 4: Drying

Allow the shoe to dry completely.

Brush your shoes as detailed above for a pair of shoes that look like new!

These are the basic steps for shampooing your shoes, but always remember to read manufacturer’s instructions before using any type of liquid on your suede shoes.




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