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Suede may technically be a form of leather, but unlike regular grains, suede is produced in a manner that sacrifices many of the hard-wearing qualities traditionally associated with animal hide products for a softer, more luxurious feel.
As such, it can be a bit tougher to keep in pristine condition. Fear not, however, as we’ve put together this handy guide which aims to help you get your suede shoes looking good as new again!
The fine, soft coating found on suede is a result of what’s called the nap, a layer of extremely short hairs. Unfortunately, while looking lovely, these hairs are prone to catching mud and can quickly look scruffy if forced in an unnatural direction.
For both scuffs and dirt, a similar course of action is advisable.
Unfortunately, as with the ease with which suede can scuff, another downside of the production method means that leather’s normal innate resistance to water isn’t found in suede products. Not only do they not resist water effectively, but a prolonged damp patch on suede can cause a stain.
To clean water stains, follow these steps: