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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Clean Suede Shoes and Keep Them Looking Sharp

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Suede shoes are a timeless fashion statement, but let's face it, they're not the easiest to keep clean. Whether it's dirt, water or oil stains, suede seems to attract them all. But fear not! With a little know-how and some TLC, you can keep your suede shoes looking fresh and fabulous. In this guide, I'll walk you through the process of cleaning suede shoes like a pro.


Suede isn't your ordinary leather. It's softer, more supple and has that velvety texture we all love. But it's also more delicate and prone to staining. Understanding suede's unique properties is the first step to mastering its care.

To get started, gather the following supplies:

-- Suede brush: Essential for removing dirt and restoring the nap.

-- White vinegar: A natural stain remover for tough spots.


-- Soft cloth or sponge: For applying cleaning solutions and blotting stains.

-- Suede protector spray: Adds a layer of defense against future stains.

-- Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid: Gentle enough to clean without damaging the suede.

-- Water: The universal cleaning solvent.


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