The common myth is that suede shoes are notoriously difficult to keep looking their best. However, don’t be put off as this really isn’t the case! Suede/Nubuck Care is possible by using right products such as suede brush, suede sponge, suede eraser…
So how to clean suede or nubuck shoes?
- Use the suede brush to clean off any dirt, sediment, etc. Don’t press too hard and scuff the material — it’s more like the pressure of brushing your teeth than washing dishes. You also want to brush in a single direction to keep the nap uniform. When you brush, it does appear to change the color some, but that’s just the nap fluctuating
- If you need to remove mild stains, you can rub with a suede cleaning block. It can sometimes be effective to rub the stained area with the suede of the other shoe, but try not to use anything too abrasive or you’ll risk damaging the material. When you’ve removed the stain, brush and spray again.
- If brushing and spot-cleaning your suede shoes hasn’t worked, the next step of Suede/Nubuck Care is to use a suede cleaner. It works like a shampoo to remove any tough stains. After brushing your shoes down, sponge them with a slightly damp cloth before spraying your suede cleaner from a distance of at least 20cm. Then, use your suede brush to very gently rub the product into your shoes and wipe them down again with a cloth. When your shoes are dry, brush them in the direction of the grain in order to smooth out the nap.