How to Clean Wet Suede
A suede leather coat, handbag or pair of shoes adds a sleek and refined appearance to any outfit. The material looks luxurious, soft and elegant, but the one drawback of suede is that it can easily get wet and ruined. If you are wearing suede and come across a puddle or someone spills water on your shoes, it’s best to avoid rubbing the spot or walking in it, because this can cause lasting damage. It is also recommended to wear rain boots or take your shoes off when you are outside during a heavy downpour.
The main thing to remember is that suede and nubuck are not as water-resistant as regular leather. It is important to avoid getting suede wet as much as possible, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. To help prevent water stains and other damage, suede/nubuck can be treated with a waterproof spray that will protect the fabric from moisture. This product should be applied to the fabric before it is worn and should be reapplied regularly to keep it protected from moisture.
If you do find yourself with wet suede, it’s important to remove the shoe or other item as soon as possible to prevent mold and bacteria from growing in it. After removing the footwear, let it dry completely in a well-ventilated area. It’s also a good idea to stuff the shoe with paper or cloth to absorb any excess water, as this will help the item to stay soft and supple when it is dry.
Once the suede is dry, you can re-brush it to restore its softness and appearance. You can also use a suede eraser to remove any scuff marks or watermarks that may be on the footwear. The most common result of getting suede wet is stains, or watermarks. These can be removed by brushing the surface with a suede brush, available from most shoe care kits. If the stain is still visible after a thorough brushing, you can try rubbing it with a suede eraser that is usually included in suede care kits.
It’s a good idea to keep a couple of suede and nubuck care kits in your bag or in the car, in case you need to clean up a wet suede garment or accessory. In addition to these tools, you should be sure to regularly condition your suede garments and shoes for hydration and protection. This will prevent them from becoming stiff and brittle over time. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your favorite suede clothing and shoes for years to come! If you have any questions about caring for your shoes, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is always happy to help!