Cleaning Suede Shoes


April 29, 2011

Pair of blue suede shoes on white backgroundSpruce 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.


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May 8, 2010

I tried a Thrifty tip on how to clean suede shoes in a jiff using hydrogen peroxide. I tried it, but nothing happened. Am I missing something? Should I try something else?


By Margot Radcliffe from Claremont, CA


May 10, 20100 found this helpful
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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.

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April 13, 2012

What is the best way to clean suede shoes?

By Linda


April 14, 20120 found this helpful
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Well I have a wide variety of suede shoes and found the best way to clean them is use a kinda of rough kind of soft material and dust them. ^.^

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January 17, 2017

I want to know how can I remove cooking oil from my grey Adidas flux? It's looking bad!


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Remove oil from suede by sprinkling cornstarch, talcum powder, foot powder or artificial sweetener into the stain to absorb the oil. When the powder looks oily, brush it away using a soft brush, and repeat the process until the oil no longer changes texture.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

Personally, I have used straight-up hydrogen peroxide to get every kind of stain out of everything, from wine to oil, on clothes, carpets, etc. You do a colourfast testing to make sure it doesnt fade anything (it rarely does) and then you just pour it on full-strength and watch the stain dissappear.


If that is not enough, here is a great tutorial from wikihow:

They mainly use baking soda, dish soap, a toothbrush, and some sort of blotter like paper or cardboard.

Another option uses aloe vera: "Use some aloe vera, dish soap, or shampoo as a pre-wash stain remover. Blot any excess oil using a clean cloth or a paper towel. Then, squirt some aloe vera, dish soap, or shampoo onto the stain. Use an old toothbrush or a manicure brush to rub the stain into the fabric."

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February 3, 2009

I have a lovely pair of purple suede shoes and have dropped chicken fat on them. How can I get rid of the stain? Thanks.

Nita from UK


By jean (Guest Post)
February 3, 20090 found this helpful

You can try the baby powder treatment. Sprinkle baby(talcum) powder on the stain, covering well with a heavy layer. Let sit over night. Brush all powder off with a suede brush. Repeat if needed. This worked for me when I got movie popcorn butter from the dispenser on the sleeve of my suede jacket.


It also worked to remove a salad dressing stain from a suede skirt. If all the powder does not brush off, tumble the item in the dryer with an old towel on the air cycle. This will remove all traces of powder. This worked for me. Hope it helps.

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October 20, 2011

I dropped a cupcake on my suede shoe. How do I remove the stain?

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August 8, 2016

This is a page about cleaning rain stains on suede shoes. Because suede is very absorbent shoes made of suede can become spotted if you get caught in the rain.


By following a few simple steps you can remove the water spots from your shoes.

Single black women's suede boot

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August 8, 2016

This is a page about cleaning dust from suede shoes. The nap on suede shoes can make them a bit harder to clean then smooth leather.

Tall women's black suede boot

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May 8, 2010

How do I clean suede shoes? They have light blue suede on the toe and heel. The stains are plain old dirt.

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August 19, 2009

How do you clean suede/leather sneakers?

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June 12, 2007

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!

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