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Step By Step Guide on How to Clean Suede Shoes | Fomin Soap

Imagine you're leisurely walking down the town on a gloomy day when an unexpected rain shower catches you off guard. You hurriedly stepped into puddles and accidentally splashed mud all over the suede shoes. Oh no! Your once spotless suede shoes are dirty with mud stains now.


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But fear not! In this detailed guide, we understand your shoe-related worries and provide a step-by-step guide on how to clean suede shoes easily.


So, lace up your shoes and dive into the details:


How to Clean Suede Shoes at Home?

Make sure your suede shoes are completely dry before cleaning. Use Fomin eco-clean towels, wipes, or a soft cloth to soak moisture, then let the shoe air dry. 

Avoid using a blow dryer or direct sunlight, which can damage the material. Once dry, follow these simple steps to clean your suede shoes.


1. Brush Away Loose Dirt

Get a suede brush or even a toothbrush for small areas. Brush in the same direction as the suede's pattern to remove loose dirt. If there's stubborn grime, switch to a gentle back-and-forth motion.


2. Erase Stains with Care

For small marks, use a suede eraser or a clean block eraser. Gently rub over the mark. If it's not working, try another method to avoid damaging the material.


3. Vinegar for Tough Stains

Wet a microfiber cloth with white vinegar for stubborn stains and gently rub the stain. The color may temporarily change, but it should return to normal as it dries. Allow it to dry completely, then check for any remaining stains. Repeat if needed.

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4. Apply Suede Protector


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Opt for a suede protector spray and follow the instructions to apply an extra layer of protection. Even if your suede shoes are pre-treated, adding protection is wise. 

Remember to reserve your suede shoes for dry weather and be cautious to avoid spills and splatters. Keep them looking good for longer!


How to Clean Suede Shoes with Household Products - Tips to Remove Stubborn Stains

Suede shoes can face different stains, but worry not – here's how to clean suede shoes without suede cleaner.


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1. Dirt or Mud Stains

Ensure your suede shoes are dry. Use a suede brush to remove dirt. For stubborn marks, use a steamer to loosen the dirt. Let it air-dry completely.


2. Oil or Grease Stains

Apply cornstarch to soak up excess grease and scrape it off with a brush. For dried grease, use a small amount of dish soap. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with a damp cloth. Avoid soaking suede in water.


3. Salt Stains

Brush salt away, then mix cold water with dish or hand soap tablets. Gently blot the stain; avoid rubbing. Repeat until the stain is gone. Let it dry thoroughly.

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4. Water Stains

Surprisingly, water can help with water stains. Lightly spritz water on the surface, then gently brush with a suede or toothbrush. Blot excess water with a cloth or paper towel. Let it dry completely, and apply a suede waterproofing spray for future protection. Keep those suede shoes looking sharp!


5. Blood Stains

Dip a cotton ball or towel in a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Gently dab away the blood stain. Dry your shoe and repeat if necessary. Quick and efficient for keeping your suede shoes pristine.

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How To Clean White Suede Shoes?

Cleaning white suede shoes requires some care to avoid damaging the delicate material. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you clean your white suede shoes:


Remove Loose Dirt

Use a soft or suede brush to gently remove any loose dirt from the surface of the suede. Brush in the same direction as the fibers to avoid damaging them.


Use an Eraser


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Use a soft eraser (pencil eraser or suede eraser) to rub the stains gently if there are any scuff marks or stains. This can help lift off some of the dirt without damaging the suede.


White Vinegar Solution

Mix a small amount of white vinegar with water in equal parts. Dampen this solution with a clean white cloth or sponge, and gently blot the stained areas. Be careful not to saturate the suede; just lightly dampen it.

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Blot Excess Moisture

After cleaning with the vinegar solution, use a dry cloth to blot any excess moisture. Pat the suede gently to absorb the liquid. Avoid rubbing, as it may damage the material.


Let Them Dry

Allow the shoes to air dry naturally. Keep them away from direct heat sources, as heat can cause the suede to shrink or become misshapen.


Brush Again

Once the shoes are completely dry, use a suede brush to restore the material and remove any remaining stains gently. Brush in the direction of the fibers.



Don't let unexpected rain showers ruin the beauty of your suede shoes. You can restore them to their spotless glory with care and simple steps. Remember to dry your shoes completely before cleaning, as treating stains on damp shoes can be counterproductive.

This guide equips you with effective solutions, from brushing away loose dirt to tackling stubborn stains with household products. Additionally, after reading our guide on how to clean suede shoes, you can clean them while maintaining their delicacy and material integrity.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How To Clean Suede Shoes?

To clean your suede shoes, brush away loose dirt, carefully clean the stain with water, or use vinegar for tough stains and apply a suede protector.

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