Suede is probably one of the most popular shift fabrics, and well-kept suede shoes can look fantastic season after season. But it is also one of the most difficult fabrics to keep clean and in good condition, which makes learning to take care of suede shoes extremely important. With a little thought and care, you can keep your suede boots looking like new for years to come.
The worst enemy of suede shoes is undoubtedly water. Water can dye suede easily, and for dyed fabrics it can be a permanent mark that makes the shoes useless. This makes it a challenging fabric if you live somewhere where rain is common. To protect your new shoes, you can buy suction syringes or creams from most shoe stores and even supermarkets. These sprays are silicon based products that give your suede skins a protection against water splashes. However, remember that they do not clean already colored fabrics and definitely that they did not make your new boots waterproof. Apply it in a well-ventilated place and let it dry overnight, as excess heat from a hair dryer or a cooler can also damage the shoes.
Once you apply the suede cover, your boots should be protected from watermarks, but that doesn’t mean you can wear them on the snow or walk under the rain. If your water dries on your suede shoes, you may want to use a special suede brush to make it look almost new. These brushes are made of brass or steel, and you have to use them to gently brush against the sucker until the tip is restored. But this has not removed major watermarks, so prevention is definitely your best friend if you want to keep your suede look new.
Suede boots come in a variety of colors, but these dyes are just surface depth. This means that it is not a question of using harsh chemicals or even shoe cleaning products that work with regular shoes. If you find grease stains on your suede shoes, the best way to make them professionally cleaner. If you do not want to spend money, you may be able to purchase a household mop product from your local shoe store, but if you make it into colored suede shoes, it may fade or become uneven. Do not attempt to clean suede with the same wet cleaning methods that you use for smooth leather, as suede must stay dry. If the suede gets wet, it will crack and become damaged. At most, you can hold the shoes above a steam source, like a boiling pan, and brush directly afterwards with a suede brush to remove surface dirt, but don’t let it get wet in any way.