How To Clean Black Suede Shoes

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How To Clean Black Suede Shoes

Suede shoes is a classic footwear fashion even legendary music icon Elvis Presley released a song of same title, “blue suede shoes”. This vintage style fashion comes with high-end boots, sneakers and boots but these shoes could be out of shape when dirty or damage.

The steps bellow will elaborate on how to clean black suede shoes:

  • First thing to do is to test the cleaning product or treatment in a small area of the shoes. This will determine any reaction so that possible damage will be prevented.
  • Prepare all the necessary materials for cleaning. A clean fine cloth, pencil eraser, soft brush or suede brush, shoe protector for suede shoes and vinegar are just the few to be prepared.
  • Next is to brush out dirt. Check the shoes for any damage or stains and that the shoes are dry before cleaning. Brush away dust, dirt and other particles using the soft brush if possible a suede brush. Do it in one direction. Avoid brushing back and forth to get rid of all the dirt.
  • Use the suede brush to remove scratch marks but this time back and forth to thoroughly remove scuff. If the scuff is really knotted down on the shoes try using a knife. Carefully scrape the area to pick up the nap. For the stubborn marks, get an eraser and try removing the marks.
  • If there water stains this can cause discoloration and it must be remove. Use a sponge or a clean fine cloth and put some water enough to wet the cloth. Wipe the stain and the whole shoes. Absorb excess water by using a dry cloth. Let the shoes dry overnight. Insert a shoe tree so it won’t shrink when it dries.
  • In removing grease and other stains in the suede can be difficult. Scrub off stain using brush wet with water. If the stains are severe or had damage the shoes, it is better to get a professional help. But for a remedy use a suede eraser and scrub off unwanted stains.
  • And lastly, protect suede shoes. Coat the shoes using a suede protector spray. Remove any excess dirt before applying the coat and follow manufacturer’s advice.

It is better to keep your shoes if it will not be use for a long time. Wrap it with a paper or put in a box so that it can be protected. Don’t brush off directly if the shoes are muddy. Allow the mud to dry first before brushing. Always be cautious when cleaning using any product or treatment and follow guidelines to keep the shoes away from damage.

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