Spy Hacks: How To Clean Suede Shoes

how to clean suede shoes
Image courtesy of Shutterstock
This is e-commerce content. If you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story we may receive a small commission of the sale.

* Normal cleaning products can damage suede shoes
* Using a brush and eraser is the best way to lift stains from suede
* These suede cleaning kits include everything you need to get your shoes clean

Suede shoes, nubuck boots and sneakers with suede inlays are extremely fashionable but also incredibly difficult to maintain. Suede easily picks up dirt, salt and grease stains. And because suede is sensitive to water, it can be particularly difficult to clean. The worst thing you can do is go at your suede shoes with a wet cloth.

To clean your suede shoes, you’ll need to invest in the proper tools. Having a suede brush is probably the most important thing, but you may also need a suede eraser and special suede cleaning spray, depending on the type of stains you’re trying to remove. Erasers work to remove tough stains by scratching off a thin layer of suede material. On the other hand, brushes are good for an all-over general clean as they work to replace the material’s nap.

So if you’re stuck with dirty or stained suede shoes, get one of these cleaning kits. They will help your shoes look as good as new with minimal effort.

1. Sof Sole Suede & Nubuck Cleaning Brush Kit

The Sof Sole Suede and Nubuck Cleaning Brush Kit will work to clean your shoes without applying any liquid. First use the rubber-like eraser to rub off the stain. Then, use the included brush to bring back the nap of the suede. Because this brush kit cleans by removing a fine layer of suede, you won’t be able to use it over and over again on the same spot. But it does work effectively on a multitude of stains.

how to clean suede shoes sof sole Image courtesy of Amazon

  

2. Kiwi Suede & Nubuck Stain Eraser

Similar to the Sof Sole Kit, the Kiwi Suede and Nubuck Stain Eraser works to get rid of stains by rubbing them off the sensitive material. It won’t work on any stains that have absorbed into the fabric, but it will get rid of the annoying black marks that seem to appear out of nowhere on suede shoes. With 170 5-star reviews on Amazon, this stain eraser has helped many get more life out of their suede and nubuck.

how to clean suede shoes kiwi Image courtesy of Amazon

  

3. Kiwi SELECT Suede & Nubuck Cleaner

If you’ve tried to clean suede before, you know that water often makes the stains worse. For that reason, tough stains often require a specially formulated cleaner, like the Kiwi SELECT Suede and Nubuck Cleaner. This spray effectively removes dust and dirt from suede shoes. Keep in mind that it will likely take multiple applications to restore your shoes to like-new condition, but the process will be worthwhile in the end.

how to clean suede shoes kiwi select Image courtesy of Amazon

  

4. Blanco Shoe Cleaner Kit

The Blanco Shoe Cleaner Kit can clean gum, dirt build up and more from your suede and leather shoes. To use the cleaning kit, simply wet the brush and apply a small amount of the cleaner to it. Scrub your shoes using the foaming action of the cleaner, then wipe your shoes clean with a towel and allow them to air dry.  

how to clean suede shoes blanco Image courtesy of Amazon

  

5. Gear Aid Revivex Suede And Fabric Boot Care Kit

Your boots are probably the most important piece of your winter or hiking kit. Keep them in tip top shape with the Gear Aid Revivex Suede And Fabric Boot Care Kit. The included suede eraser lifts stains and replaces the nap, while the cleaner and brush will take care of the rest of the boots’ exterior. But the water repellant spray is probably the most important piece of the kit as it restores any waterproof coating to your boots after cleaning.

how to clean suede shoes gear aid Image courtesy of Amazon

  

6. Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner

Marketed as the premium sneaker solution, the Jason Markk Shoe Cleaner Kit comes with everything you need to make your shoes look new again. The kit is 98.3% natural and completely biodegradable. It includes a cleaning solution, two different brushes and a suede eraser. Altogether, these tools can remove stains from all the materials on your high-end sneakers.

how to clean suede shoes jason markk Image courtesy of Amazon

  

Clean Up Your Act: The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning All the Things