How to Clean Suede Shoes

Cleaning suede shoes at home isn't as hard as it might seem. Yes, suede shoes can be delicate, but with the right tools, you can clean suede shoes easily and keep them looking great. Here's everything you need to know.

How to Clean Suede Shoes in 4 Steps

1. Remove Loose Dirt and Debris

The first thing to do when cleaning suede shoes is to remove any loose dirt or debris. To do this, you'll want to use a suede brush. The Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Care Kit includes a brush, along with our suede cleaner and suede eraser.  Gently brush the suede shoes to remove any dirt. Remember to get all the cracks and crevices that can be found in suede shoes. 

2. Clean Stains with an Eraser

Once your suede shoes are clear of loose dirt, look over the shoes for any stains. If there are some, use the suede eraser to remove the stains. Gently rub the stain with the eraser until the mark is gone. 

3. Do a Spot Test

Now that your suede shoes are all set to be cleaned, it's time to do a quick spot test of a premade suede shoe cleaner, like Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner. Simply spray a small amount of Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner on a lint-free cloth. Then find a discreet area on your suede shoes for the test. Rub the cloth with the cleaner applied onto the area and check for any adverse reactions. Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner is specifically formulated for cleaning suede, so you should be fine. However, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

4. Apply the Cleaner

Apply a small amount of Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner to a clean, lint-free cloth. Gently rub your suede shoes down with the cloth. Make sure you cover the entire shoe. Once you have cleaned your suede shoes, allow them to dry completely before wearing them.

More to Know About How to Clean Suede Shoes

Some common questions people have about cleaning suede shoes.

How do you clean suede shoes at home?

You can clean suede shoes at home by using a premade suede cleaner, like Leather Honey Suede & Nubuck Cleaner.

Can you wash suede shoes with soap and water?

You should never wash suede shoes (or any genuine leather products) with soap and water. This method will dry out your suede shoes, possible stain them, and ultimately ruin them.

What is the best thing to clean suede shoes?

The best thing to use to clean suede shoes is a premade product. You don't want to use household items, like vinegar. It will stain and destroy the suede.


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