How To Clean Suede Shoes, Pt I

How To Clean Suede Shoes, Pt I

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suede loafers

Previously we have discussed the wearing of suede in various seasons (recap: you can wear it year round), which partially boils down to my affinity for the stuff.  And as with every other thing in your wardrobe, suede needs to be taken care of to get the most usage out of it.  In the first of a few posts on how to clean suede shoes we shall go over how to protect your suede.  It’s a very simple process.  All you need is a suede brush and some suede protectant (Kiwi, Melotonin and Saphir all have versions) which you can purchase at any of the links provided or your local shoe repair.

how to clean suede shoes
Step 1 – Brush off excess dirt and dust with a suede brush (I have used an old toothbrush and other stiff bristled brush when in a pinch).
how to clean suede shoes
Step 2 – Set up operations in a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors.  You may want to lay newspaper underneath the spraying area, however, I have never found any spray to stain a surface.
how to clean suede shoes
Step 3 – Spray the entirety of the shoe. The sprayed area will darken, do not be alarmed, the shoes will revert to normal color once the spray dries.
how to clean suede shoes
Step 4 – Let the shoes dry in a dry area. Repeat as instructed.

Keep in mind that the protectant is not permanent and will need to be reapplied over the life of the shoes.  I typically reapply every 6-12 months or after a few good bouts with the rain.

-JLJ

 

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  1. do you know if there is a chalk for suede shoes? I have one pair, en they are color red, but now is horrible the color, like pink!! I need to add color to them, please help me, thanks

    • Layla,
      I know there is a chalk for white suede, however, I have never seen anything for colored suede. Additionally, to get a lighter color, you would have to dye the shoes or something along those lines.
      -JLJ

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