5 Tricks to Clean Suede Boots With Items in Your Kitchen

Meghan Blalock

Suede boots had a major moment in 2016, with street style stars all over the world donning every style from bitty ankle to ultra-high over-the-knee. They make it look so easy to tromp around in the beautiful footwear, which is a feat in itself, but there's a whole other aspect of wearing suede boots rarely spoken of: how to care for them. 

Cleaning suede can be quite the ordeal, because if you do it wrong, you could ruin your beloved booties. But if you do it right, you ensure that your beautiful babies reach their maximum life span potential, and remain in pristine condition through hundreds of wears. 

Invest in a suede-cleaning brush.

First things first: You can clean your suede without a proper suede-cleaning brush, but investing in one is probably the wiser choice. They only run about $7 on Amazon. When using one to clean your shoes, be sure to brush only in the direction of the fibers, and avoid moving the brush back and forth over the surface.

Put crumpled paper inside before cleaning.

Before you even begin the cleaning process, put enough crumpled paper (like a newspaper or used computer paper) inside the shoes so they keep their natural shape while you go to work on them.

Rub the surface of your shoes with a clean bath towel.

After removing excess dirt clumps with your new, handy suede-cleaning brush, gently rub the shoes with a clean bath towel. No water, nothing, only a clean, soft bath towel to wipe them down and remove any unseen layers of dust, etc.

Remove stains with an eraser.

If you do notice any stains, get yourself a suede eraser (again, they're $7 on Amazon), and gently rub off any water, oil, or grease. 

For really tough grime, use white vinegar.

If you have some even tougher stains on your shoes, like salt, food, or wine, pour a little vinegar on a clean cloth, and gently wipe the affected areas.

Do you have any handy tricks for keeping your suede pieces clean? Share them in the comments below!

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