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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- 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!!
- 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!!
- Do not rub too hard with the sandpaper, lest the colour of the suede comes off.
- Afterwards, use a soft muslin cloth to wipe off both the shoes (to get rid of the broken nap particles from step 2.).
- 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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