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How to Clean Suede

Suede is softer than leather, and can easily get dirty and water-stained, so properly clean your suede to keep its unique look.


  • Step 1: Rub stain with bath towel Rub the stained area with a soft towel.
  • Step 2: Brush stain with suede brush Brush the stained area gently with a suede brush.
  • Step 3: Scrub area with cleaner Scrub the stain gently with a soft cloth dampened with cleaning solution.
  • TIP: Always test a non-visible area of the suede first with the cleaning product.
  • Step 4: Mix a water and vinegar solution Let the cleaned area air dry. If the stain persists, use white vinegar diluted to half-strength with water to scrub the stain out. Let it dry again.
  • Step 5: Use suede eraser Use a suede eraser for small, dry stains.
  • TIP: Use a pencil eraser if you do not have a suede eraser.
  • Step 6: Call a professional Take your item to a professional cleaner if difficult stains are persistent, or if it is heavily soiled.
  • FACT: Carl Perkins wrote the song Blue Suede Shoes on a paper bag.

You Will Need

  • A soft towel
  • A suede brush
  • Suede cleaning solution
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • A suede eraser
  • A professional cleaner
  • A pencil eraser (optional)

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