How to clean suede shoes at home?

Often times, people assume that suede is some kind of fabric and not leather! That is not true, suede is 100% leather, just of a different kind. There are 3 kinds of suede- goat suede, sheep suede and cow suede! Suede has ‘nap’ on it’s surface! ‘Nap’ is a technical term for animal hair. Since the surface of suede has animal hair all over, it becomes really hard to clean! Below are simple tricks to clean suede at home. These tips only apply in case of general stains/dirt/dust etc. For more nasty stains like oil stain, dye transfer stains etc., colour restoration is needed, for which you need to reach out to a professional leather care expert!


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  1. Take a suede brush and gently rub it on the surface of the shoe in even and regular motions, to get rid of the dry dirt and dust sitting on the surface!!
  2. Once the first step is done with, use a fine sandpaper and rub it on the surface of the stickier stains, to scratch them out from the suede! 3-4 times of gentle scratching with a fine sandpaper would do the job!!
  3. Do not rub too hard with the sandpaper, lest the colour of the suede comes off.
  4. Afterwards, use a soft muslin cloth to wipe off both the shoes (to get rid of the broken nap particles from step 2.).
  5. Gently rub the surface with a suede brush again.

Finally, never use a detergent/soap on suede, as it will almost always make the colour of the suede bleed.

If the above steps do not work, reach out to a professional leather cleaner for assistance!


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How to Dry-Clean Shoes at Home?

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Howdy patrons!! It is true that if your shoe is afflicted with a nasty stain, like that of oil/dye transfer/grease etc, then regular cleaning at home would not help. Similarly in the case of discolouration, you  need to take your shoes to a professional leather care expert for colour restoration! However general dirt/dust & soft stains can very well be taken care of at home! Kindly check out the tips below-

  1. Remove excess dirt first using a soft-bristled brush (shoe brush or old toothbrush) to clean the outsole.
  2. Mix warm water and a small amount of laundry detergent to create a slightly soapy mixture.
  3. Apply a small amount of the water/detergent mixture to a sponge, soft cloth or soft brush and clean affected areas.
  4. Apply a small amount of warm water to another sponge or soft cloth to remove any excess detergent.
  5. Air dry the shoes at room temperature.


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If the above steps do not work, do not use any hard chemicals (like solvents etc.) at home! Instead take your shoes to a leather care specialist!!


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How to store your leather handbags and shoes!!

Howdy patrons! TLL shares some cool storing & packing  tips for your beloved leather handbags and shoes!


Handbag Storing Tips:

  • Wipe your bag with a damp cloth to remove dry dust/dirt sitting on the surface
  • Apply a thin layer of a good leather conditioner and leave it to age for 30 minutes. Then wipe off the surface of the bag with a dry muslin cloth! Handbag reconditioning is recommended atleast once a year.
  • Fill the bag with crumbled butter paper, bubble wrap or plastic cushion air bags to help it retain it’s shape. Do not use newspapers, as the ink tends to rub off on the inside fabric.
  • Store the bag in dust bag or pillow cover. Avoid storing in a plastic bag as the handbag needs to breathe and the slightest bit of moisture can cause mildew/mold.
  • Store the bag in a cool & dark place. Do not hang the bag , as it stretches out the handles.



 Shoe Storing Tips:  

  • Before storing your shoes, make sure you give them a generic cleaning and conditioning treatment
  • Leather shoes need to be stored in a temperature-controlled area that is cool and dry as iigh moisture and very hot and cold temperatures tend to destroy leather.
  • Stuff shoes up with acid free butter paper to help them retain their shape. You can alternatively use shoe trees.
  • Patent shoes should be stored in cloth bags as patent is quite prone to dye transfers! It is also needed so that they remain shiny and fresh.
  • Store shoes in their original shoe boxes if space permits. There should be dedicated shoe racks for each season
  • For boots, should be stored upright using a boot stand so they retain their shape.



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