Proper care and cleaning are essential to insure the longevity and condition of your suede. There are many different types of fabrics and each is cared for in their own way. Fabrics are made from either natural resources or manmade materials woven together. Natural fabrics are composed of animal, plant, or mineral extract. These fabrics are generally more breathable and absorbent. Synthetic fabrics tend to have a more uniform structure and can be easier to care for.
What is Suede?
Natural suede is a type of leather made from the underside of animal skin. The interior of animal hide is significantly better than its exterior. Suede fabric is the happy medium between comfort and durability found in fabrics. It has a wide array of uses due to its warmth and fashionable appearance. Proper care for your suede fabric is important to sustain its appearance.
Suede is easily damaged and needs to be carefully protected. Suede fabric's nap is what sets it apart from other fabrics so it is vital that this quality is preserved.
Store your suede fabric in a sealed container it in a cool room. This protects the fabric from direct sunlight that will cause the material to fade it over time. Keeping your suede in a container like a plastic bag or cardboard box will also keep it from collecting dust. Suede has a tendency to cling to whatever Touches it, so it is better to prevent damage than to fix it. Spray a coat of suede protector on your fabric to keep out any water or oils that will damage your fabric. This is highly recommended to ensure the quality of your fabric.
- Let mud dry naturally. Remove the excess mud carefully by scraping it off with a thin piece of plastic. Let it dry and break off the left over chunks. Use a suede brush to break off the remaining dirt particles
- Brush away dirt- Use a suede cleaning brush to gently brush away dust or dirt. Brush in a slow circular motion to lift dirt out and make your suede vibrant.
- Remove scuff marks – Forcefully brush scuffed areas back and forth. For stubborn marks in the suede, rub the dirt out with a pencil eraser or a piece of crepe rubber. Steel wool is a great alternative if the dirt is too hard for the brush.
- Remove water stains – Water can discolor affected suede. To solve this problem, wet the entire surface by applying a light coat of water with a small brush. Use a sponge to absorb excess water. Let the shoes dry overnight. Be sure to insert a shoe tree into the shoe while it dries so that the shoe does not shrink or lose its form. When it's dry, go over them lightly with a suede brush as in step 2.
- Remove oil stains – Use the suede brush to scrub the stain as you would for a scuff. Use a nail brush to scrub stubborn stains with warm water. Oily or greasy stains can be uncooperative. If you're having trouble with these stains apply a generous amount of white vinegar to a soft rage and rub it out. Once dry scrub with a dry rag.
- Emery board and Steamer – brush the suede with the emery board. Steam over it with a hot iron. Heating opens up the pores of the suede making cleaning easier.
- Freezer – For gum that sticks to your suede shoes put them in freezer for a few hours. Once the gum freezes you can just chip it off.
Source by Jared K