Over 50 years ago, Elvis Presley popularized the song “Blue Suede Shoes.” Of course, he made it cooler than the original with his edgy snarl: “don’t you step on my blue suede shoes/Well, you can do anything, but stay off of my blue suede shoes.” He probably just didn’t know how to clean suede!
Presley wasn’t the only one who had trouble with this. Many “sneaker-heads” of today’s culture also are over-protective of their Jordans, which retail over $200, on average. While keeping suede clean isn’t an impossible task, it certainly isn’t easy.
Let’s learn how to clean suede using three simple methods to keep your suede shoes, jacket, couch or anything else you own made out of the velvety, yet pesky, material looking its best.
Water, or any other wet stains, are the simplest stains to remove from suede. You should steer clear from cleaning them with more water or liquid soap. Instead, dab the stain with a clean towel and allow the material to air dry. Make sure not to blow-dry or place the material near a heated source. Doing so could damage the suede beyond repair. After air drying, use a suede brush to softly remove the remainder of the stain. If there is still some left behind, try dabbing the area with a cloth dampened with white vinegar. After, air dry and brush once more.
If your dirt stain is dry and crusty, there is a trick for that issue as well. Simply work a pencil eraser over the dirt or stain in a small, circular motion with light pressure applied. Similarly to a suede brush, the eraser will help restore the texture of the suede, albeit less effective than the brush itself.
Removing oil from cotton is troublesome enough, let along from suede! It can be a nightmare, but is possible if quick to action. Grab some cornstarch and use it to cover the oil spot. Depending on the size of the stain, leave the cornstarch on the material for about an hour. The cornstarch should soak up the oil stain. To complete, remove the cornstarch and brush the area with a suede brush.
Learning how to clean suede becomes far easier with the use of a suede brush. If you still can’t seem to get the dirt, stains, or scuffs out, London Cleaners can help with your dilemma. Along with our laundry and drapery services, we also deal with leather and suede cleaning.