Lot of things have changed since Elvis sang, “You can do anything, but lay off my blue suede shoes”! But suede shoes are still vulnerable to stains, dirt, scratches and scuffs and are still hard to clean and all those who own them will sympathize with the king’s plea. So how to clean suede shoes if too much or rockin’ around the clock has taken it’s on your suede shoes?
Few tips that can help you in cleaning your suede shoes:
Clean your Suede Shoes According to their Stain
Brush out all dirt-Make sure that your shoes are dry. Then use a suede brush for gently brushing away all dirt or dust. Remember to brush in the same direction (avoid back and fort brush movement) to remove dirt and your shoes will appear newer.
Use a suede brush for removing the scuff marks
Brush all the scuffed areas using a suede brush.
- If there are stubborn marks is in the suede, you can try rubbing the dirt using a piece of crepe rubber or pencil eraser.
- For all matted down scuffs, you can scrape the area using a knife as it will help in lifting the nap.
Remove all “unknown” or oil stains using a nail brush
Scrub all stains using a suede brush as in the case of scuff. Nail brush can be used for scrubbing the stubborn stains with some warm water. However, grease stains are quite difficult to remove from suede, and all badly stained suede shoes may never look good again.
Remove all water stains with the help of water!
Water can discolor your suede shoes. You can solve this problem by wetting their entire outer area. Use a dry cloth to soak all excess water. Allow them to dry for few hours. You should insert a shoe tree in them to prevent them from shrinking or losing their form. Once they are dry, you can gently brush them using a suede brush.
Allow all mud to dry naturally
Remove all the excess mud without pressing too hard against the suede shoes. Use a good suede brush for breaking any remaining dirt particles.
Protect your suede
You can spray a fine coat of protector spray on your suede shoes once you have cleaned your them. Aside from that, you must follow the instructions of manufacturer and remove all the excess dirt before spraying your shoes to get that new look.
Some bonus tips for cleaning suede shoes!
- Apply some white vinegar on all recalcitrant stains using a towel or soft rag and let it dry. Then agitate a bit using a suede brush. This is best method for ridding all salt lines.
- Brush with the help of steel wool vigorously against all dry stains. Brush the remaining areas of your suede shoes to get an even look.
- If your shoes have chewing gum or wax stains, you should put them in freezer for few hours. They will become hard enough for you to chip them away in large chunks. Finish off using a suede brush