What you need:
- Suede cleaner
- Applicator brush
- Bowl of water
STEP 2: Brush your shoes
Before you start, it is always a good idea to insert a shoe tree. Always begin by giving the shoes a once-over with a suede brush. The best suede brushes use metal, raw rubber or sometimes even both. Don’t worry if the colour appears to change when brushing, as this is just the result of the fibres being moved in different directions. You can decide yourself which way you wish the fibres to face.
STEP 3: Mix water and suede cleaner
Begin by mixing a small amount of cleaner in a bowl with room-temperature water. Aim for a 50:50 ratio. You should use a dedicated cleaner such as Saphir’s Omni’Nettoyant
which can be used on suede, nubuck and fabric shoes.
STEP 4: Apply the mixture
Apply the mixture of water and suede cleaner to the shoe. Dip an applicator brush into the mixture and begin working the cleaner into the material. Once completed, let the cleaner take effect for a couple of minutes.
STEP 5: Wash under water
Wash them under running water and brushing clean. Try to make sure to brush along the grain of the fibres as this will make the following steps easier. Be careful not to let too much water into the shoe or to have them under the tap for too long – an abundance of water is rarely good for leather materials.
STEP 6: Leave to dry
Before leaving the shoes to dry, pull out the shoe tree
about halfway or remove completely to avoid stretching the wet material while drying. Leave the shoes to dry, avoiding direct heat, as drying out too quickly may cause the material to split.
STEP 7: Use suede brush
The next morning, your shoes may look a bit tired and worn. In this case, you should brush them with a suede brush and treat them with a pigmented waterproofing spray. We will discuss this in more detail in the next section.