HOW TO CLEAN SUEDE LEATHER BOOTS & SHOES
September 2, 2019
- A soft bristle brush or suede cleaning brush (a toothbrush will work)
- A clean cloth or bath towel
- Newspaper or something else similar
- A pencil eraser
- White vinegar
- Suede protector
- Water proofer
STEP BY STEP
If you haven’t already, stuff each boot or shoe with newspaper or something that serves a similar function so that the boot maintains form while you brush or wet the boot (for water stains).
Using a soft bristled brush, brush gently against dried dirt and scuff marks. Make sure to brush in the same direction, unless you come across tough scuffs, where you may need to brush back and forth to loosen the grain. If that is the case, make sure to finish by brushing with the grain (in the same direction you were brushing before) to leave consistent brush marks and make everything look good.
Following your brushwork, wipe the surface with a dry, clean cloth to remove any dust or small particles that stubbornly remain. Just like when you were brushing, make sure to wipe down in the same direction to leave a clean, consistent grain pattern. If your footwear is looking good as new already, you can skip to step 8. If you still have scuffs or stains, continue reading.
For scuffmarks or dirt that you cannot brush out, use a pencil eraser and rub vigorously back and forth on the area. Finish off by using your brush again and brushing down the grain.
If water has discoloured an area of your boots, wet a brush or clean towel and gently wet the exterior of the boot around the stain. Once done, remove excess water with a dry towel. Stuff the boot with newspaper and let dry overnight.
If your boots and shoes have fallen victim to salt stains or other tough marks, you can use white vinegar to try to dislodge the stains. Wet a towel or cloth with white vinegar and apply to the stained area. Let the boot dry (keeping that newspaper inside the boot) and then use your brush as you would to remove other marks and revive the grain.
To prevent stains and marks in the future, and avoid having to complete this again, be sure to spend some time protecting your footwear from future damage with a protector of some kind.