When you think of toothbrushes, your first thought is probably about how they are used to clean teeth. But did you know that a toothbrush can also be used to clean suede shoes? Using the right cleaning tools and cleaners is important to keeping your shoes looking their best. This article will give you tips on how to use a toothbrush to clean suede and remove tough stains from your shoes.
Suede is a soft material with a napped finish that is usually made from the underside of animals like lambs or calves. While it is a soft and attractive material, some people find it intimidating because it can be difficult to keep clean. With a little bit of care and effort, you can keep your suede shoes and accessories looking their best for years to come.
The first step is to remove your shoes and brush the surface to get rid of any dirt or debris that may be on them. Be sure to brush the shoes in the direction of the nap, or the short, microscopic hairs that make up the material. Brushing in the wrong direction can cause these hairs to stand up, causing the material to lose its softness and durability.
If your shoes are especially dirty, you can also use a small amount of water on a cloth to clean the dirt that has accumulated. If there are still stains, you can apply rubbing alcohol or white vinegar to the affected area to remove them without damaging the material. Rub the solution into the affected area and then let it dry. Afterward, you can brush the shoes again to fluff them up.
Baking soda is another great item that can be used to clean suede. It works to remove oil, grease, and salt stains by absorbing them from the material. Just sprinkle baking soda on the stains and rub it in with your brush or nail brush (a toothbrush will work just fine). Let the shoes dry someplace cool and clean, and be sure to brush them again once they are completely dry.
To prevent future stains, you can purchase a suede protectant spray. This will help repel water, oil, and grime, keeping your shoes looking their best for a longer period of time. You can also brush the shoes regularly with a suede brush to keep them in good shape, requiring fewer frequent cleanings.
If your suede shoes do start to look worn, you can try to remove the marks and stains by rubbing them with a pencil eraser. Be careful, however, to rub gently and only on the affected area of the shoe. Rubbing too hard or in the wrong direction can damage the suede fibers and leave the marks behind. You can also dab at the marks with a cloth soaked in plain water or rubbing alcohol instead of rubbing them to avoid spreading the stain. After the shoe is cleaned, be sure to brush it again with a toothbrush and let it dry in a cool and ventilated place.