Suede shoes or boots are an absolute must for the fashion-forward woman. Classic, versatile and ever-stylish, a pair of suede boots or shoes will instantly take any look to the next level.
However, suede can be quite difficult to clean; if done incorrectly, you could even end up damaging your favourite shoes and boots. So, what to do if you find yourself with marks or dirt on your favourite suede beauties?
From how to clean your suede shoes to how to remove those stubborn stains, here at House of Heels we’ve got you covered. Just follow the simple steps below to keep your suede shoes and boots looking their best for years to come.
PROTECT YOUR SUEDE SHOES
First things first – you should protect your suede shoes as soon as you get them home to eliminate the chance of stains or damage. After all, prevention is always better than cure!
Waterproof and protect your shoes with an easy to use suede spray, which will add an invisible waterproof layer to your footwear and help stop stains setting in.
HOW TO REMOVE STAINS FROM SUEDE SHOES
If the worst happens and you do find yourself with stained or dirty suede shoes, don’t worry! There are a number of tricks you can try to clean and remove stains from suede shoes.
Firstly, always remember to clean suede shoes when they are fully dry, as suede is very sensitive to water and can easily mark. If your suede shoes are damp or have been damaged by a spillage, allow them to dry naturally before you tackle the stain.
BRUSH DOWN THE SHOES WITH A SUEDE BRUSH AND TOWEL
If you’re dealing with a smaller surface stain, you can often clean it with a suede brush or towel. This simple method is also great for refreshing and removing general dirt build up from suede shoes. Use a suede brush and brush the shoes gently in the direction of the fibres – never back and forth. This will remove any debris or dirt from the surface of the shoes.
If there is still a stain or dirt present, take a clean, dry towel and again wipe in the direction of the fibres to rid your shoes of any remaining dirt.
FOR TOUGHER MARKS, USE A SUEDE ERASER
If your suede shoes have any tougher stains or dirt marks, a suede eraser (or even a regular pencil eraser!) is great for removing them. Simply rub over the stain using a moderate amount of pressure and increase as needed. Be aware, it may take a few minutes for the stain to begin to lift. Once you have successfully removed the stain, use a suede brush or dry towel to fluff up the surface of your suede.
REVIVE YOUR SUEDE SHOES
All that scrubbing and cleaning can be tough on suede, leaving it lacking in colour and texture. As a final step after cleaning tough stains, restore your suede with a treatment such as the Dasco suede & nubuck reviver in black or neutral this handy spray helps refresh and nourish suede shoes, restoring the original colour and texture and leaving you with that new shoe feeling for longer. For a great selection of suede shoes and sneakers go to our online shop now at houseofheels.co.uk!