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How To Clean Suede Shoes?

How To Clean Suede Shoes?

Do you have a pair of suede shoes that are looking a little worse for wear? Cleaning suede can be tricky, but it doesn't have to be intimidating. With the right approach and the proper supplies, you can make your beloved shoes look as good as new. Read on to discover how to clean suede shoes and keep them looking their best.

Cleaning suede is different from cleaning other types of leather or fabric, which means it requires special care. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the process, don't worry. With the right instructions, anyone can master the art of cleaning suede shoes.

This article will guide you through all the steps involved in cleaning your suede shoes and help make sure they look as good as they did when you first bought them.

It's important to use the right products when cleaning any type of shoe, but this is especially true for suede. Different products may be required depending on what type of stain or dirt is present on your shoe.

Knowing what products to use and how to properly apply them is key to getting your desired result. So, let's get started! With these simple tips and tricks, you'll be able to clean your suede shoes like a pro in no time!

Definition of suede

Suede is a type of leather, made from the underside of animal hide. It has a soft, velvety texture and is used to make items such as shoes, clothing and furniture. Cleaning suede is an important part of maintaining its luxurious appearance and ensuring it lasts for years to come.

If you wear suede shoes regularly, it's important to clean them correctly and regularly. This can be done with a simple brush or a special suede eraser. The eraser will help remove dirt, dust and smudges that accumulate over time.

Using a brush will help keep the material looking neat without damaging the delicate fibres of the suede. To get rid of any tough stains, you can use a damp cloth with our premium sneaker cleaning solution. Our cleaning solution mixed with water is a robust cleaner that gets rid of stubborn stains but will not damage the materials. Be sure not to rub too hard as this could damage the fabric.

Caring for your suede items properly will ensure they look their best for years to come. With regular cleaning and maintenance, you can keep your suede items looking beautiful and new-like. So, take care when cleaning your suede items and follow these tips for easy and effective cleaning results.

Types of cleaning products to use

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When cleaning suede, it's important to use the right products. Regular household products can damage delicate fibres and cause discolouration. For light cleaning, a soft brush or damp cloth with our premium sneaker cleaner can be used.

If there are scuff marks, a suede eraser can be used to remove them. For tougher stains on suede, special cleaning products and solutions should be used to get rid of them without damaging the material.

It’s also important to protect your suede items from dirt and moisture. Our Impervious spray which is specially designed for suede will help repel water and keep the material looking new for longer. Applying the spray once or twice a year will provide extra protection against wear and tear.

To ensure your suede items last a long time, regular maintenance is key. Cleaning regularly will help prevent dirt build-up and discolouration over time. With proper care and attention, you can keep your suede looking like new for many years to come.

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Preparing the shoes for cleaning.

Before cleaning your suede shoes, it's important to prepare them. Start by carefully examining the shoes for any salt stains. Salt can cause discolouration in suede if left untreated. If there are any salt stains, use a damp cloth to blot the area and then let the shoes dry completely before proceeding.

Once the shoes are dry and salt stains have been removed, brush away any dirt or debris with a soft brush or damp cloth. This will help loosen up any stubborn dirt that may be stuck in the fibres of the material. Be sure to brush in one direction only so as not to damage the delicate material.

After brushing off any dirt, you're now ready to start cleaning your suede shoes. Remember to always use products specifically designed for suede when cleaning, and follow all product instructions carefully for best results. With proper care and attention, you can keep your suede looking like new for many years to come!

Removing stains from suede shoes

When it comes to removing stains from suede shoes, you'll want to take extra care. With the right method and supplies, you can get rid of even the toughest stains. Here's a quick guide on how to do it:

  • Start by using a soft brush or cloth to brush away any dirt or debris from the stained area. This will help loosen up any stuck-on particles.
  • Apply a suede cleaner or specialized cleaning product designed for suede directly onto the stain. Follow the instructions on the packaging and allow it to sit for the recommended amount of time before wiping it away with a damp cloth.
  • If the stain is still present after applying a cleaner, try using an eraser specifically designed for suede. Gently rub back and forth over the stain until it begins to fade away and then wipe off any residue with a damp cloth.
  • For tough oil-based stains such as grease, use an absorbent powder like talcum or cornstarch over the stain, let it sit overnight, and then brush it off in the morning.
  • Finally, use our Impervious spray designed for suede to protect your shoes against future dirt and stains.

Taking proper care of your suede shoes doesn't have to be complicated – just follow these guidelines for the best results! With regular maintenance and periodic cleaning, your shoes will stay looking great for years to come!

Dealing with discolouration.

In addition to cleaning stains, another common issue with suede shoes is discolouration. Over time, suede can fade in colour or become dull due to exposure to the elements or improper maintenance. Fortunately, there are ways to restore your shoes' original beauty.

The first step is to assess how much fading has occurred and if you need to simply refresh the colour or start from scratch. If it's just a minor touch-up, use a suede dye or spray designed for restoring the original colour of your shoes. Follow the instructions on the package and apply evenly over the entire shoe for the best results.

For more serious discolouration, you may need to completely re-dye your shoes. In this case, choose a dye that matches the original colour of your shoes as closely as possible.

Once you have the right shade of dye, pre-treat any stains on your shoes with a specialized cleaner before applying it. Then use a sponge or brush to apply even coats of dye until you reach your desired level of saturation.

Allow each coat to dry before adding another layer, and then finish off with a protective spray for extra protection against future fading. By using these techniques, you can keep your suede shoes looking like new no matter how much wear and tear they've experienced!

Maintaining the softness of suede shoes.

In addition to keeping suede shoes clean and restored, it's also important to make sure they stay soft and supple. This is especially true of older pairs of suede shoes that have been worn down over time. To maintain their softness, there are a few easy steps you can take.

First, brush the suede regularly with a soft-bristled brush. This will help remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated on the surface of the shoes and keep them feeling smooth and luxurious. You should also avoid wearing your suede shoes in wet or muddy conditions, if possible, as moisture can make them stiffer and harder to clean.

Finally, it's a good idea to condition your suede shoes every once in a while, with a specialized cream or spray designed for this purpose. This will help restore their natural oils and keep them looking and feeling like new for longer. Make sure to follow the instructions on the product before applying it to your shoes for the best results. With these simple steps, you can ensure your suede shoes stay soft and beautiful!

Protecting your shoes from damage.

Although maintaining the softness of your suede shoes is important, it's also essential to take steps to protect them from damage. Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can do to help guard against everyday wear and tear.

First, spraying your shoes with a waterproofing product, like our Impervious spray will help protect them from spills and stains. This will also help prevent dirt and debris from sticking to the surface of the shoes. Additionally, you should be careful when wearing your suede shoes in wet or muddy conditions, as this can cause discolouration or other permanent damage.

Finally, it's also important to store your shoes properly when not in use. Make sure they aren't sitting in direct sunlight for extended periods of time and keep them away from any sources of heat or moisture. Taking these precautions will help preserve their beauty and prolong their life span!

Removing water spots.

Now that you've taken steps to protect your suede shoes from damage, it's also important to know how to remove water spots. Water spots can easily occur when wearing suede shoes in wet conditions, leaving unsightly marks on the material. Fortunately, there are a few simple methods for removing them.

The first option is to use a soft cloth or brush and some white vinegar. Dip the cloth into the vinegar and lightly rub it over the affected area. This will help break down any dirt or residue that has built up on the surface of the shoe. Be sure not to scrub too hard as this may cause additional damage!

Another method is to let your shoes soak in a mixture of warm water and baking soda overnight. The baking soda will help break down any dirt particles while also restoring the softness of the material.

After soaking, simply pat dry with a clean towel and allow your shoes to air dry before wearing again. With these steps, you can easily keep your suede shoes looking their best!

Cleaning mud stains.

Mud stains are another common problem when it comes to suede shoes. Fortunately, removing them doesn't have to be a difficult task. To start, use a clean cloth or brush to remove any excess mud from the surface of the shoe. This will help prevent further staining while also making it easier to clean the area properly.

Once you've removed the excess mud, create a mixture of warm water and our premium sneaker cleaner. Dip the microfiber cloth that is included in the kit into the mixture and gently dab it over the stained area.

Don't scrub too hard as this can cause additional damage to your shoes! After you're done cleaning, let your shoes air dry before wearing them again.

Special care for white/light-coloured shoes.

When it comes to cleaning white sneakers or light-coloured suede shoes, extra care must be taken to ensure that they stay looking their best. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to help keep your shoes bright and clean.

To start, use a soft brush or cloth to regularly remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the shoes. This will help prevent staining and make them easier to clean properly. Additionally, use a damp microfiber cloth with our premium sneaker cleaner and water to spot-clean any stains when necessary. Don't forget to let your shoes air dry completely before wearing them again!

Finally, invest in an Impervious spray that can help repel dirt and water while also keeping your shoes looking new for longer periods of time. With these tips in mind, you can easily keep your white or light-coloured suede shoes looking great.

Steps for drying suede shoes.

Once your suede shoes are clean, it's important to make sure they are properly dried so that no mould or mildew can form. To start, let your shoes air dry in a cool, well-ventilated area. Do not use direct heat sources like blow dryers or radiators as this can damage the material and cause discolouration.

If you need to speed up the process a bit, you can use some absorbent cloths such as paper towels or old t-shirts to help soak up any remaining moisture. Gently press the cloth onto the surface of the shoe and then leave it there until it is fully dry. Additionally, stuff some newspaper in each shoe to help absorb any additional moisture and keep its shape while drying.

Once your shoes have been thoroughly dried, gently brush them with our premium hogs hair brush to restore their original texture and colour. 

Tips for cleaning different styles of suede shoes.

Having gone through the proper steps to dry your suede shoes, it's time to look at how to clean different styles. Depending on your suede shoes and boots, the exact process may vary slightly.

But here are some general tips that apply no matter what the style:

  1. First, you'll need a suede brush or eraser. This will help remove dirt and stains from the surface of the shoe without damaging the material.
  2. For tougher stains, you can try using a damp cloth to gently scrub away any debris before brushing with the eraser or brush.
  3. If all else fails, there are specialised suede cleaning products available that can help eliminate even the most stubborn marks and blemishes.

No matter what type of shoe you own, it's important to be gentle when cleaning them so as not to damage or discolour the material. 

How to store your suede shoes properly.

Now that you've given your suede shoes the proper cleaning and care, it's time to think about how you're going to store them. As with all types of shoes, proper storage can help protect them from damage and keep them looking good for longer.

Here are some tips on how to store your suede shoes properly:

First, make sure they are completely dry before storing them away. Wet or damp shoes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, leading to an unpleasant odour when you wear them again.

Once they are dry, stuff the toes with newspaper or fabric to help maintain their shape while in storage. This will also absorb any excess moisture that may be left behind.

It's also important to store your suede shoes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Exposing them to too much heat and humidity can cause discolouration as well as weakening of the material over time.

Finally, if possible, store them in their original box or wrap them in cloth or tissue paper for extra protection against dust and dirt.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I clean my suede shoes?

When it comes to keeping your suede shoes clean, the frequency of cleaning is just as important as the cleaning process itself. So, how often should you clean your suede shoes? The answer depends on a few factors and it's ultimately up to you to decide what works best for your lifestyle and needs.

In general, the more often you wear your suede shoes, the more frequently they need to be cleaned. If you're wearing them every day, then it's probably best to give them a good clean at least once a week. This will help ensure that any dirt or debris is removed before it accumulates and becomes difficult to remove later.

On the other hand, if you only wear your suede shoes occasionally then you can get away with cleaning them less frequently – maybe once every two weeks or so.

Regardless of how often you clean them though, it's always important to check for any signs of damage after each wear and take care of any problems right away to keep your shoes looking their best.

No matter what, regular upkeep is key when it comes to caring for suede shoes.

What type of brush is best to use for cleaning suede shoes?

When it comes to cleaning suede shoes, brush type is an important factor. A quality brush can make all the difference in getting your shoes looking brand new. But what kind of brush should you use? Here are five tips for choosing the right brush for cleaning your suede shoes:

  1. Use our soft-bristled nylon brush. These brushes are ideal for removing dirt and grime without damaging the delicate suede material.
  2. Avoid metal brushes or hard-bristled brushes as they may scratch the surface of your shoes.
  3. If you're looking to remove tougher stains, consider using a coarse suede cleaning stone instead of a brush to avoid damaging your shoes.
  4. Finally, don't forget to check with the manufacturer's instructions before attempting any type of cleaning on your shoes!

Depending on how often you clean your suede shoes and how much wear and tear they get, you may need to replace your brush every few months or so for the best results. When selecting a new brush, be sure to look for one that's specifically designed for cleaning suede with soft bristles that won't damage the material over time. 

Is there a way to waterproof suede shoes?

Waterproofing suede shoes is an important step for preserving them and keeping them looking their best for a longer period. While this may seem like a daunting task, there are several ways to do it without having to buy expensive waterproofing products.

One way to waterproof suede shoes is to use a spray-on waterproof. Our Impervious spray is an easy solution to this problem and it is very easy to apply. It works by creating a barrier between the leather and the outside elements, preventing dirt and moisture from penetrating the shoe. The Impervious spray also help keeps the leather soft and supple, making it easier to clean and maintain in the future.

Another option is to use wax or oil-based creams or sprays. These products provide more protection than sprays but must be applied carefully so as not to damage the material. Use a soft cloth or brush to apply these products evenly across the surface of the shoe, taking care not to over-apply them as this can make them difficult to remove later.

These methods should help keep your suede shoes looking great for years to come! With proper care, you can enjoy your shoes for many seasons without worrying about water damage or discolouration caused by weather conditions.

Is it safe to put suede shoes in the washing machine?

Cleaning suede shoes can be a tricky endeavour. But is it even safe to put them in the washing machine? 

The short answer is that you shouldn't put suede shoes in the washing machine. Washing machines are too harsh for the delicate material of suede and could potentially damage them or change their colour. That said, if your suede shoes are dirty or stained, there are a few methods you can use to clean them without having to resort to a washing machine.

One way to clean suede shoes is by using a specialized brush and cleaner specifically designed for cleaning suede. This method will require some elbow grease on your part, but it's much safer than putting them in the washing machine.

Alternatively, you could also opt for our professional shoe-cleaning service if you don't want to tackle it yourself. Whichever option you choose, however, make sure that whatever product or service you use is specifically designed for cleaning suede so as not to damage your shoes further.

In short, while it may seem like an easy fix to throw your suede shoes into the washing machine. It's best avoided to protect them from potential damage or discolouration.

If done correctly with the right tools and techniques. However, you can easily keep your favourite pair of suede shoes looking great for years to come!

Can I use a hairdryer to dry my suede shoes?

If you're wondering if it's safe to use a hairdryer to dry your suede shoes, the answer is yes. A hairdryer on the lowest heat setting can be used to dry wet suede shoes quickly and efficiently without causing any damage.

However, caution must be taken when using a hairdryer on suede. It’s important to keep the hairdryer at least six inches away from the shoe, as direct heat can cause discolouration and shrinkage of the fabric. Additionally, it’s essential to avoid blowing air directly onto the same spot for more than 10 seconds.

When drying your suede shoes with a hairdryer, be sure to start off with a higher heat setting for about 10 seconds before reducing it and allowing it to cool down. This will help ensure that all the moisture is removed from the fabric, while also protecting its colour and texture from any potential damage caused by excessive heat.

To finish up, you can rub your suede shoes with a soft cloth or brush to restore their original shape and appearance.


We hope this article has helped you understand how to properly care for your suede shoes. Cleaning them regularly is important and it's best to use our Premium sneaker cleaner with the microfiber cloth that comes in the kit.

If you want to protect your shoes from water damage, using a waterproof spray is recommended. Though it may seem convenient, it's not safe to put suede shoes in the washing machine, as this can cause irreversible damage. Instead, if your shoes get wet, let them air dry naturally or use a hair dryer on the low setting.

Overall, caring for your suede shoes isn't difficult once you know what steps to take. With regular cleaning and proper maintenance, they should last you a long time. I'm sure with the tips outlined in this article, your suede shoes will stay looking great for years to come!

So don't forget, clean and protect your suede shoes regularly and if you’d like us to clean them for you, please book our sneaker cleaning service or visit our flagship store Aether HQ in Leederville for a professional clean.

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