Cleaning Suede Shoes

  1. Stuff the shoes with some crumpled-up newspapers, particularly in the toe area so that they can hold their shape while you work on them.
  2. Gently brush away the trapped dirt and mud from the surface of the shoes using a suede cleaning brush. Keep in mind that you need to brush it in the direction of the fibers rather than going back and forth.
    However, if there are stubborn stains like caked mud, then you may have to scrub the affected area vigorously, regardless of the direction of the nap.
  3. For scuff marks and blemishes that cannot be removed with the cleaning brush, rub a rubber cleaning stone, a piece of crepe rubber, or suede eraser on the affected area. Besides, you can scrape the area with an emery board.
  4. After the harsh treatment, you can brush over the suede with a nylon brush to help lift the nap.
    In cases where the nap has worn down, you may have to brush the middle wire bristles of a suede brush vigorously before using the nylon brush.
  5. Finally, remove the crumpled newspaper from the shoes and store them. If you wear them occasionally, you may wrap the shoes lightly in tissue paper and then keep them in a shoe box.

While scraping tough stains with an emery board, you can consider steaming over the affected area with an iron, or simply a kettle to help open up the pores, thereby making it easier to clean.

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