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What's the cheapest, easiest, fastest way to clean suede shoes?

Asked by ibstubro (18804points) August 2nd, 2016

There’s a pair of used black Van’s I want to buy, but they’re a little dusky looking.
Tell me how I can revitalize them instantaneously.

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jca's avatar

Put them in the dryer with a damp towel and see if that buffs the dust off. Just toss them on low heat for about 20 minutes.

janbb's avatar

You can buy suede cleaners and a special brush. It won’t cost a ton.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I have used brushes, but be sure to brush with the grain, not against it.

ibstubro's avatar

The shoes are $3.99, so it’s not going to break me one way or the other.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Suede brush, buy it in the shoe-shine section of the store.

ucme's avatar

Work hard, earn a fortune, hire staff…simples

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Agree that a suede brush should be all you need.

Buttonstc's avatar

You want one with brass bristles. This has been the gold standard for years.

They have all kinds of expensive mucky muck products but I used a brass brush on mine for years (and this was on shoes which not only got dusty but occasionally caught in the rain while wearing and everything else) These were suede/nubuck custom made orthopedic shoes which I wore daily while teaching.

One simple brass brush did the trick for me for well over 20 years and kept my shoes in great shape. This is what the shoemaker recommended to me and I never had any reason to regret using a simple brass brush.

BellaB's avatar

I suspect that finding a good suede brush should be a cinch at one of the local thrifts or yard sales. Shoe care supplies seem to always show up there. Get the Vans, brush them up with something inexpensive to start and then hunt down a top-quality suede brush to keep them in good condition.

Buttonstc's avatar

The above link is for a top quality suede brush (with brass bristles) for under $3.00. No need to wait till you discover one at a thrift store, unless you really really want to, of course :)

Here’s a video you might like

JLeslie's avatar

Suede brush or the tape from the rollers for cleaning lint off of clothing.

ibstubro's avatar

I bought the Vans.
Tomorrow morning after I take my shower, I’ll try @jca‘s damp towel trick. If I get the soles cleaned up tonight.

Thanks all. I’ll look into that suede brush!

Buttonstc's avatar

If it were me I’d be very hesitant to do that. Suede is leather and any type of heat (no matter how low) is a really bad idea for leather of any kind, especially suede.

The dryer method is commonly used for sneakers, usually canvas, and works fine there.

For suede, almost Any type of brush would be preferable to moisture of any type at all. You’re dealing with a nap which is easily flattened or plastered down by moisture of any kind.

But don’t just take my word for it. There must be some type of shoemaker, shoe repairer in your area (even if it’s just someone who usually replaces heels or builds up worn edges).

They generally know about shoes of all types. It would be worth a few minute phone call, imho.

Lonelyheart807's avatar

Well…if they’re pink, just don’t let anyone step on them.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I can’t believe that no one has linked to this, sort of to set the mood:

youtube link

ibstubro's avatar

They’re black with white horizontal stripes and I love them. They are on my feet and have been since this morning. They just look like I’ve been wearing them for a couple months.

ibstubro's avatar

I put the shoes on, and I’ve not looked back. They look great and they don’t hurt my feet.
Thanks all.
I’ll know how to clean my suede boots before the winter weather starts.

jca's avatar

@ibstubro: How did you clean them?

ibstubro's avatar

I didn’t, @jca.
I put them on, and I liked them so well, I just wore the shoes. I decided they only look “broken in”. I was searching for a pair of flat shoes that I could wear with skinny jeans. (Converse don’t have any padding, and my feet won’t do that anymore.) Being that I’m currently wearing nothing but skinny jeans, shoes with a good look and great fit just took over.
But I’ll keep an eye out for a suede brush. I have a pair of tan suede hiking boots that will need attention in a couple months, before I wear them.

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