Many people remain in the false myth that suede is a sensitive material. Suede and nubuck are often more durable than leather. On the other hand, suede is a difficult material to care for and keep up with. But there are tips and tricks that keep the suede and nubuck shoes nice and clean.
Protect with spray
Suede and nubuck uppers can be treated using a suede protector spray. We always recommend you spray an even layer over the entire shoe when they are new. This will prevent stains from sticking to the shoes and will also make them slightly more water-resistant.
Brush after wear
Use a suede brush to brush the shoes off after wear. Even if your suede and nubuck shoes don't look dirty, damp and dirt can stick between the fibres and grow into the material. When you brush suede, you should brush in one direction. It ensure the fibres rest in the same direction and gives a smoother appearance. We recommend you brush towards the toe of the shoe.
Lighter cleaning and refreshment
A gentle and easy way to clean your suede and nubuck shoes is to boil water in a teapot and to hold the shoes over the steam, or use a steamer. Steam will lift the fibres in the suede and release small particles of dirt. When you have steamed the shoes, use a rubber suede brush to lift the fibres further and release dirt and debris.
Spot clean stains
If you get single stains on your suede shoes you can use a suede eraser to remove dry stains. Rub the stains out using moderate to firm pressure on the shoe.
Deep clean suede
Hard stains may necessitate treatment with a suede shampoo. Pour the shampoo into a bowl of water and lather up a foam with a small brush (dauber) or a toothbrush. Take a dauber and rub the cleaner over the whole shoe until the surface is foamy. Rinse the shoe under running water until the suede shampoo is completely gone. Fill your shoes with newspaper to keep the shape and let them dry slowly and naturally at room temperature. When the shoes are dry use a brass brush to lift the fibres and maintain the lustre in the shoes.
After you have cleaned your shoes we recommend to spray an even layer of suede protector spray before you start wearing your shoes again. If you feel that the shoes have lost colour during the process you can buy a re-colouring conditioner spray in the same colour as the suede and spray an even layer over the shoe before you use a protector spray. This will give the shoe more lustre including a deeper and more even colour tone.