By Margot from Claremont, CA
If I use a good stiff brush on mine it gets rid of any dried on dirt, etc. If you slightly dampen the whole shoe with water (I just used an old slightly damp rag) then brush it and let it dry it should pull up any nap that has flattened out and/or gotten shiny. It will change the color of your shoes slightly, a bit darker, but if you do the whole shoe it won't make much difference. I have several pairs of suede dress shoes and this is how I take care of mine.
I just wanted to know how I can clean a pair of suede sneakers that look dirty and have some dirt on them. I got them as a gift and really love them but don't know what to do!
Or try shaving cream... I use it on my suede boots and it works. But also remember to test it first to make sure it doesnt fade the color or leave spots.
Walmart also carries a suede cleaner in the shoe department. It's about $7 a can. I never could find it years ago when I bought my first pair of suede shoes and learned these other tricks. Hope this helps you. (01/07/2005)
Determined to get them looking presentable, I searched and searched, and asked and asked. The SOLUTION? Someone told me to use "VERY FINE" sandpaper and rub them very lightly. You can imagine my skepticism, but I had nothing to lose at this point. (Except a practically new pair of "Tims") I used the finest sand paper I could find and rub the sneaker evenly as possible. After I was done I took a horse hair brush and brushed them down. IT WORKED!
Now, I must say they definitely do NOT look new, but look 100% better! I would only use the suggestion as a last resort, when all else fails. As for me I have done this to all my boots and they are looking almost new.
Good Luck and I sure hope you have already solved your problem, but in case not... it's a suggestion. Take care! (03/31/2005)
Pretreat suede with a leather protection spray before use. Leather and suede garments should be professionally cleaned at least every two years.
Note that suede shoes treated with white vinegar may have a mild odor after cleaning. (05/02/2006)
How do you clean suede/leather sneakers?
By Farmerkevin from West Covina, CA
Depending upon the dirt source, if not greasy or colored, it should brush off first with a nail brush, then use the erasers. Be careful, however, that you do not over do it, nor keep getting the same area dirty, because you can cause them to "shine" and that's the end of the suede unless you can buy a light weight metal bristle "suede brush" at a shoe repair shop and "rough" up the shiny area again. I would never wash them, regardless, unless only a small part on tennis shoes. Good luck, and God bless and help you. (05/08/2009)
How do I clean suede shoes? They have light blue suede on the toe and heel. The stains are plain old dirt.
By twilightgift from Forks, WA
Spruce up your "buck"/suede Timberland boots you've been stomping around in this past winter by cleaning them with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and a stiff brush. This will not strip the color from the suede, but clean them and make them look rather "new!" Try it and be pleasantly surprised! Just dip the stiff brush into the bowl, briskly brush the boots, then let them dry.
By akiba37 from Bloomfield, CT
Shared on: 04/29/2011
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