Google ‘how to clean suede’ and you’ll be overwhelmed with information. There are so many methods and contradicting tips that it’s more of a hindrance than a help.

Expert Home Tips are committed to bringing you real, reliable advice, so we headed off to our local cobbler for industry advice on the best ways to clean suede shoes.

Paul and Steph at Guildford Cobblers were more than happy to help. We asked them five top asked questions about how to clean suede shoes, and here’s what they said.

1. What is the best way to clean suede shoes?

“Keep things simple. Pick up a multi-purpose suede brush , and it will give you the tools you need to clean most suede shoes.

It’s important to realise not all suede is equal. There are not only varying qualities of suede, but also different lengths.

For short suede, I recommend using the rubber side of your multi-purpose suede brush. Brush in short strokes towards to toe. For longer suede, use the metal side, but be gentle at first.

This will reduce the appearance of light stains and lift the nap to give your shoes a refreshed look. If there are stubborn stains embedded in the nap, don’t be afraid to use a back-and-forth motion to remove them.”

2. How can I remove tough stains from suede shoes?

“When it comes to tough stains, you’re best to use a suede eraser. Identify the stains, and spot clean them by rubbing the eraser into the marks in small, motions. Use a moderate to firm pressure until the stain has diminished.

Brush over the suede with your suede brush to finish it off nicely. If stains persist, treat with suede cleaner.”

3. How do you remove mud from suede shoes?

“Like most suede stains, it’s best to let mud completely dry before attempting to remove it. When dry, it should come off pretty easily using a multi-purpose suede brush. You can then follow up with a suede eraser and cleaner if necessary.”


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