How to clean suede shoes - 14 effective methods and recommendations for care

Suede shoes require special care.
Suede shoes require special care.

Suede shoes are a great addition to both business and evening look. But no one is immune from the appearance of stains and scuffs. How and how to clean suede shoes? Let's find out together what you can do with your own hands in order to return the whimsical suede to its newness.

Suede cleaning

In special shops you can find a lot of suede care products, and the Internet is filled with cleaning options with the help of available tools. Let us consider in turn how to clean suede shoes at home.

Professional approach: 5 store supplies

Consider in detail in the table, what tools you can buy to clean suede shoes:

A photo The list of products for the care of suede
srcset = " Remedy 1. Foam.

Foam is effective for removing fresh dirt. Use this tool should be paired with a brush for suede.

srcset = " Remedy 2. Shampoo.

Saves the suede surface from stains that have already managed to enter.

srcset = " Remedy 3. Lotion.

Delicately removes dirt and cleans shoes from dust. Suitable for regular use.

srcset = " Remedy 4. Eraser.

Suitable for gentle dry suede cleaning. She returns velvety.

srcset = " Remedy 5. Stain remover.

A powerful tool that can cope with all types of stains.

I recommend to use in extreme need.

The price of such cleaners depends on the manufacturer, but, in principle, all of them are quite affordable. I recommend to apply them strictly according to the instructions on the label.

Homemade recipes: 5 options

Instructions will tell how to clean suede shoes with improvised means:

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srcset = " Method 1. Milk + Soda
  1. Pour 150 ml of nonfat milk into a glass.
  2. Add a teaspoon of soda to the container and mix thoroughly.
  3. A small towel dipped in the composition, wipe the shoes.
  4. Remove leftovers with a clean cloth.
srcset = " Method 2 Washing powder
  1. Pour clean water into a small bowl.
  2. Add 1 scoop of laundry detergent and mix.
  3. Moisten a cotton pad in liquid and wipe the surface of the shoe.
  4. Wipe dry with a napkin.
srcset = " Method 3. Soap solution
  1. Prepare a soap solution: 20 ml of liquid soap to 150 ml of water.
  2. Rub the necessary areas with a special or rubber brush.
  3. Dry your shoes.
srcset = " Method 4. Peroxide + ammonia
  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of peroxide and ammonia.
  2. Add 200 ml of water.
  3. Moisten the foam sponge in the composition and rub the surface.
  4. Dry your shoes in a well-ventilated area.
srcset = " Method 5. Coffee grounds
  1. Apply lightly moist coffee grounds to dirty areas.
  2. Leave to dry completely.
  3. Clean it with a clean cloth and brush the entire surface.

This method is only suitable for suede dark shades, as the coffee grounds can dye bright shoes.

Clearing light suede: 4 methods

The spots are very noticeable on bright things, so I suggest finding out by what methods you can safely clean bright suede shoes:

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/ Method 1. Dentifrice
  1. Dip a wet brush into the tooth powder.
  2. Treat the stains thoroughly.
  3. Leave it for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove residues with a damp sponge.

This approach is effective for removing greasy ingrained impurities.

srcset = " Method 2 Talc / Starch
  1. Sprinkle the necessary areas with talcum powder or starch.
  2. Leave for 15 minutes.
  3. Top rub with a special brush.
  4. Clean the residue with a clean cloth.
srcset = " Method 3 Refined gasoline
  1. Dampen a cotton pad in cleaned gasoline.
  2. Treat the affected areas as needed.
  3. Wait for the gas to evaporate.
  4. Air your shoes for several hours.
srcset = " Method 4. Milk + ammonia
  1. Pour 100 ml of milk into the container.
  2. Add 2 tbsp. l ammonia and mix.
  3. Moisten the cloth in the composition and wipe the entire surface of the shoes.
  4. Leave to dry completely.

This approach will not only clean the suede, but also return the brightness to light shades.

Proper care: 5 tips

Finally, I will give some important recommendations for the care of suede shoes:

  1. Mechanical cleaning of the surface is possible only if it is dry.
  2. To remove dust and refresh the appearance of the shoe, treat it with a steam generator from a distance of 30–40 cm.
The steam generator will easily cope with dust and small pollution.
The steam generator will easily cope with dust and small pollution.
  1. After cleaning, it is desirable to treat the surface with a protective water-repellent compound.
  2. Keep shoes away from moisture and direct sunlight.
Plastic or cardboard boxes are the perfect way to store suede shoes.
Plastic or cardboard boxes are the perfect way to store suede shoes.
  1. I do not recommend wearing suede shoes for long walks.


Suede shoes can be successfully cleaned by various means at home. It is advisable not to postpone the caring procedures for a long time, so that the result was as fast as possible and of high quality. The video in this article will demonstrate effective methods for cleaning suede visually. If something is unclear - contact the comments.

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