How to make a suede cleaner at home? I have some boots and a purse I want to clean.
Tina S., Eugene, OR
Before we start with a suede cleaner, let’s get the basic tools first. What you need most of all is a suede brush. Once you have a suede brush, grab a pencil eraser, too. You might also want to use a toothbrush, rubbing alcohol, and a spray bottle with water.
If you will be taking care of Coach® bag cleaning, ensure that you work carefully to prevent damage to the fabric.
Now, let’s take care of the boots first. If they have stains, spray those spots with a little rubbing alcohol. Then work the suede brush in the direction of the nap. The toothbrush comes in handy to get the grime off the edges of the soles.
Some marks on suede come off if you rub at them with a pencil eraser. You may also find that fine grade sandpaper is useful. Just don’t scrub too hard with it.
When you have water stains, you can make them disappear by lightly spraying the boots, then brushing them with the suede brush or a suede eraser.
On shoes or boots like Uggs or toms, if you have a fresh oil stain, blot it, then apply cornstarch and let it sit overnight to absorb the grease.
Let’s move on to how to clean a suede purse. First, brush away any debris. Then gently rub at any stains with a pencil eraser or a suede eraser. Once you finish, apply a suede conditioner to protect the leather in the future. Also, spray conditioner on your boots to protect them from the weather.
To read more on cleaning suede, check out our cleaning suede guide here.