Cleaning Suede Boots

January 9, 2005

Suede BootsMy brother bought me these adorable lilac suede boots for Christmas. I went to put them on this morning only to realize that my dog had drooled on them- Ick! I hate to gross you out with the details, but the stain has dried on them and I'm too freaked out to try anything. I've even considered the local shoe repair shop. Is doggy drool removal a no-brainer? Or is it going to take a certain amount of delicacy and experimentation? (If so, I'll leave it to the experts.)




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January 14, 20050 found this helpful
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Although Saddle Soap is great for smooth leather, I wouldn't use it on suede. Rub corn meal into the stain, then brush it out with a suede brush. It may take a few times but hopefully it will take it out. Suede is very delicate and saddle soap will change the color and texture of the suede.

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September 2, 2018

I just bought a pair of suede boots at the thrift store. It says upper leather and lining is manmade. The lining is shearling and I am wondering how to clean them.

Please give me some advice! Thank you.

Cleaning Suede Boots with Faux Shearling Lining


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September 2, 20180 found this helpful

I would invest in a wire suede brush and brush them after each wearing. Dont wear in the rain or snow.

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January 11, 2016

I ordered these gorgeous boots; they are non-returnable and smell like motor oil. I have sprayed everything I can think of without taking the suede off and left them out over night. It did help some, but they still have a terrible odor.

Anyone have any suggestions? Remember they are boots and suede so I have to watch what I put on them and can't use the washer.


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January 11, 20160 found this helpful

Doesn't baking soda take the order out of things? Have you tried to put baking soda on them and leave it sit. After use a brush to clean them with and remove the baking soda.

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January 11, 20160 found this helpful

This is, unfortunately, a growing problem-many online stores sell merchandise that comes from outside the US where there is little, if any, quality control. Many people have complained about receiving products with strange smells that are impossible to remove. Who knows how clothes, shoes, bags, etc., are made and what chemicals are used in processing outside of the US?


You will probably not be able to remove the odor in your boots as they are leather. If possible, the best resolution is to return them, hopefully, for a refund.

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January 15, 2006

Any tips to remove fish oil stain from suede desert boots?

Margaret from Ayr, Scotland


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January 17, 20060 found this helpful

i heard that to get grease stains out you should cover with paper and iron - the heat should melt the oil and draw it into the paper, not sure what paper to use but normal paper should do

as with all 'repairs' do a small patch first

Editor's Note: I'd worry about the heat on suede. I recommend rubbing corn meal into the grease stain. Corn starch will also work. It will absorb the oil. Just brush it out after it has some time to soak it up. Repeat as necessary.

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January 17, 20060 found this helpful

I wouldn't apply heat to suede, it could cause discoloring and might mat the suede. I, too, would try cornmeal or starch or anything that would absorb the oil, let sit overnight and then brush gently with an old toothbrush.


It may take a couple of times but it should work. After the oil is removed I'd spray the boots with a protectant. Coleman makes a great one meant for camping but it rocks on shoes and boots too ..

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By josie (Guest Post)
March 28, 20080 found this helpful

A little butter dripped on my suede boot. Do you know a way how to get if off.

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February 1, 2005

Today I was putting on my liquid eyeliner when I accidently dropped the bottle and the liquid landed on my new suede boots! Help! I just bought my boots. How do I get the stain out!


February 1, 20050 found this helpful

hi try using alchol if not use hair spray (the cheap sort) a wipe off with a clean cloth

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March 5, 20050 found this helpful

Hi, I'm not much help on how to get the stain out. But I have a suggestion on how not to do it again. I put my makeup on just after I've showered. This way, if I drop mascara, or eye liner, I'm nude and it'll come off me alot easier than trying to get it out of some piece of clothing.


I can honestly say, been there, done that.

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By cb (Guest Post)
January 29, 20070 found this helpful

i just got liquid eyeliner on my new ugg boots how do i get it out?

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January 20, 2015

I spilled some rice vinegar on my boyfriend's Timberland boots. Any advice on how to remove the spots?

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October 28, 2010

I would like to know how to clean suede boots. I have a pair of boots and if someone could tell me how best to clean them I would appreciate it. They are soiled and a bit muddy. Thank you.


By Sharon from Buffalo, NY


October 29, 20100 found this helpful

Suede is a leather, so if they are bad I'd have them cleaned professionally. Or they do make suede cleaner (spray & brush sold at good shoe stores) and it works well.


Once they are cleaned, I would have them Scotch Guarded to protect them. Good luck!

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October 31, 20100 found this helpful

Clean Suede Boots With Hydrogen Peroxide, Jan 7, 2010. Clean Suede Boots With Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide really does clean your dirty suede/buck work boots. It makes them look almost.

I found this on the Thrifty Fun search. There's more. Search on Thrifty fun. Maybe this link will take you there. I have a friend who has used peroxide to clean suede shoes for years. She says that it works well for her. I haven't tried it but will when the occasion arises.

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February 5, 2005

I have just dripped washing machine detergent down my dark brown suede boots. Can I do anything to get it out of the material? Can professional cleaning help?



March 13, 20050 found this helpful

I would like to know the answer to this as well. Please email me -- maybe Anna has figured it out andwill share it with us.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Holding the boots upside down to keep from getting water inside, run some lukewarm water over them and gently brush with a soft brush until the detergent is gone. Blot the suede dry with a towel and completely dry in front of a fan (not heated air). Use suede brush on dried suede to raise the nap again.

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July 6, 2016

I have a pair of suede boots with Olenauf's waterproofing on them. I would like to remove the waterproofing. I've tried a wire brush, but it doesn't seem to be getting rid of the layer of waterproofing.

Any suggestions?

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January 14, 2015

How do I get tomato sauce, from lasagne, off cream colored suede boots?

By Heidi from Worcestershire

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November 27, 2014

My friend spilled green nail polish on my suede boots. Is there any way to get it off?

By Jane

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January 5, 2007

A container of mayo fell out of the refrigerator onto my suede boots how to clean this greasy spot?



January 7, 20070 found this helpful

Since mayo has a grease like residue you may want to try patting on some corn starch or talcum powder to absorb the grease stain, then brush off with a cloth dipped in vinegar. Test a small out of the way spot though.


Otherwise I would take it to a professional who deals with suede and leather.


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November 8, 2005

I have a cooking oil stain on my suede Timberland boots what can I use to get this off?

Carrie Wilson from United Kingdom


By siris. (Guest Post)
November 9, 20050 found this helpful

French chalk is what we called it , works wonders. We bought it at the drugstore. It is something of Magnesia (the proper term). I found a small block at a fabric store and feel that a western wear shop may carry it, sine the cowboys use it on the bands of their stetson hats.

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January 25, 2011

How can I get radiator fluid stains out from suede boots?

By yvonne from UT

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March 7, 2012

When the sidewalks are icy and salt gets put down, it's easy to get salt stains on suede boots. This is a page about cleaning salt stains from suede boots.

A pair of tan suede boots.

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