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Cleaning advice from the professionals.

Suede shoes might be attractive and stylish, but they are also some of the toughest shoes to take care of. The material is very susceptible to soiling and scratches. You have to keep up with your sued shoes if you want them to last. Here is how to clean your suede shoes.

Step 1: First, you will use a suede brush to brush out soil from your shoes. Go in one direction and be sure to get into all the cracks and crevices.

Step 2: Next you will attack scuffs and scrapes. Using your suede brush, rub the scrape or scuff back and forth until it is gone. For stubborn scuffs or scrapes, use a suede eraser to rub it out.

Step 3: Water stains can be removed by lightly wetting the entire shoe surface. The trick is to evenly wet the surface and then wipe off excess moisture with a dry cloth. Use a shoe tree to keep the shoes from shrinking when they dry.  Allow the shoes to dry overnight and then brush them lightly with your suede brush.

Step 4: After cleaning your shoes, you should always protect them with a quality suede protector. Apply the protector per manufacturers directions.

Suede Shoe Tips

  • If you do not have a suede eraser, a pencil eraser can do in a pinch.
  • If your shoes get muddy, allow the mud to completely dry before brushing it off with a sued brush.
  • Don’t have a shoe tree? Stuff the shoe with tissue paper.
  • Oil spots are difficult to remove. If you catch it immediately, an application of corn starch can remove most of the oil. Apply it to the spot and lightly tap it in place. Allow it to sit for a few hours and brush it out.