Surely you have in your wardrobe more than a pair of suede shoes that you have not put on for a long time because they have a stain that you are not able to clean. You have tried with all the products that exist to clean suede shoes, but there is no way, the stain persists. And it’s a shame because the truth is that they combine perfectly with your favorite pants and the clothes you wear casually.
Don’t worry, and chances are you haven’t put into practice the tricks and home remedies for cleaning suede shoes as our grandmothers did.
Dust accumulated on suede shoes
Often when we store boots or suede shoes from one year to the next, when we recover it at the beginning of the season, we realize that dust has accumulated between fiber and fiber. To remove it you will need a special shoe brush, soft bristles, or if you have a toothbrush at home that you do not use it also works. To finish, take a clean, damp cloth and wipe it over the entire surface.
You will have to wait until the mud has dried. This is very important because if you put your hand in the wet mud, you can completely ruin your shoes. Now yes, take your brush and do the same procedure as when they have dust. If we see that it does not come off quickly, we will help ourselves with a nail file or fine sandpaper, and we will scrape the area very gently.
Water stains on suede shoes
The cleaning of shoes with turned leather is very common after a rainy day. In this case, three things can happen:
- That only a few drops have fallen: We rub the stained surface with a dry cloth to remove moisture and let it dry at room temperature.
- That a shower has fallen: If your boots are completely soaked, before they dry you should put enough paper (absorbent) inside to avoid that they do not lose their shape.
- Let the stains be long-standing: If the water stains are already dry, wet all the skin again with a spray and dry with a cloth.
Right after these procedures, the ideal is that we brush the footwear for a better result.
Grease or oil stains
We have already seen how to remove glue from clothing with certain tricks for cleaning this liquid so difficult to remove, and now we will see how to remove the fat on the suede. In this case, there are different theories, and some use ammonia, others talcum powder and degreaser. For any of the options, special care must be taken as they are very aggressive products that could spoil your footwear.
- Ammonia: Those who know about DIY know the power of ammonia. Dilute a little product in plenty of water and with a brush rub on the stain in the same direction. Then wipe with a damp cloth and allow to air dry.
- Talcum powder: It will only work if the stain is fresh. We must cover the area with powders. We will let it dry completely and remove by brushing gently.
- Degreaser: Using a damp cloth soaked in this product, press on the stain until it disappears.
For these cases, you will need soda, yes as you read it or you can use tonic, the one you use for gin and tonic. You have to spill the drink on a clean cloth and pass it through the affected area. As the footwear will be damp, dry it with a cotton or dry cloth, but never, apply heat directly to the suede or split leather.
The next time you change your wardrobe, get some anti-humidity bags, and place them next to your shoes.
Stains from chafing or stomping
In specialized shoe stores, they sell special rubbers for stains on suede or delicate fabrics. You can buy it, or you can save a little by reusing a “MILAN 430” type eraser that you have stored in a drawer.
Rub into stained areas until the dirt is completely removed. Then comb the area in the same direction with a brush, and you will have your shoes as if they had just left the store. But watch out! Choose a classic rubber that is a neutral color or similar to that of your shoe, if they are these that are dyed, forget it, or you will stain the fabric more.
These stains are the worst, and when we talk about paint, we also do it with nail polish, ink, or even plaster (I don’t know how, but it can end up in our shoes). The process to altogether remove this dirt is very similar to the one I explained for mud stains.
The only problem is that, if the stain is very embedded, we may need to carry out the process several times or even consider whether to use a more aggressive product. If we have to get to this point, use a cotton pad impregnated in acetone and gently, by quick touches on the affected areas, remove the dirt. To finish, you will have to help yourself with a damp cloth and when you dry, brush in the same way as in the previous processes.
Now, there are other lesser-known methods that you can also put into practice to clean shoes with turned skin, such as using micellar water, cooking cornstarch for oil stains, rubbing with a candle or hairspray.